Nekrasov's Petersburg

This tour concerns a life of a Russian poet, writer, critic and publisher, whose deeply compassionate poems about peasant Russia won him Fyodor Dostoyevsky's admiration and made him the hero of liberal and radical circles

  • points of interest 4 ,
  • museums 1 ,
  • streets 4 ,
  • theaters 1
19 km, 426 m
Novodevichie Cemetery

Novodevichie Cemetery

St. Petersburg, Novodevichie kladbische

Novodevichie Cemetery is a historic cemetery in the south-west part of the city near the Moscow Triumphal Gate

In the 19th century it was the second most prestigious cemetery after the Tikhvin Cemetery in the Alexander Nevsky Monastery.

The cemetery started in 1845 when the Smolny Convent was moved to this location. The first burials date to 1849. In the 1920s and '30s, the cemetery church was demolished by the Soviet authorities (1929) and many tombs were destroyed, while other burials were transferred to the Tikhvin Cemetery. In 1989, major restoration work was carried out at the cemetery.

Notable people formerly interred at the Novodevichy Cemetery include the poets Nikolay Nekrasov and Fyodor Tyutchev, the painter Mikhail Vrubel, the architect Leonty Benois, the composer Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov, the philologist Yakov Grot, the publisher A. F. Marx, the chess-player Mikhail Chigorin, the politician Vyacheslav Pleve and the explorer Gennady Nevelskoi.

Laval House

Laval House

St. Petersburg, Angliyskaya nab., 4

This mansion on English Embankment is a monument of Russian classicism

5 km, 811 m
Bolshaya Morskaya Street

Bolshaya Morskaya Street

St. Petersburg, Bolshaya Morskaya ulitsa

Bolshaya Morskaya Street is located from the General Staff Arch to Kryukov Canal

Bolshaya Morskaya Street (in 1920-93 - Herzen Street, after A.I. Herzen). It was constructed in the early 18th century, in Morskaya settlement (hence the name). Until the middle of 18th century, the section up to Nevsky Prospect, with only its left side built up, remained a part of Bolshaya Lugovaya Street that ran from Millionnaya Street to Nevsky Prospect. In the 1760s, its right side was built up. In 1834, this lot was added to Morskaya Bolshaya Street. After fires of 1736-37, the main part of the street from Nevsky Prospect towards St. Isaac's Square was called Bolshaya Gostinaya (Gostinnaya) Street due to the project of Gostiny Dvor construction (has not been implemented). In 1755-67, the street between Nevsky Prospect and Kirpichny Lane was blocked up with the temporary wooden Winter Palace. In the early 19th century, the name Morskaya Bolshaya Street again became firmly established. In the second half of the 18th century, the informal name of the ground beyond St. Isaac's Square was Malaya Morskaya Street. When the system of numbering was introduced, buildings beyond Pochtamtsky Lane got numbers along Moika River Embankment. This lot was again added to Bolshaya Morskaya Street in 1887. In 1902, on account of Morskaya Malaya Street renamed Gogolya Street, the whole street was referred to as Morskaya. Building 61 was the mansion of M.V. Lomonosov (1750-60s, reconstructed in the 1840s by architect A.K. Cavos). Alexander Pushkin lived in Building 26 in 1832, A.I. Herzen lived in Building 25 in 1840. Buildings 3-5 are the former building of the Azovsko-Donskoy Bank (1908-13, architect F.I. Lidval), Building 12 is the former house of Kotomin, Building 14 was owned by the Eliseevs since the middle of the 19th century, Building 11 was the private house of architect P.P. Jacot (1830s), Building 15 is the former Russian Commercial and Industrial Bank (1912-14, architect M.M. Peretyatkovich), Building 18 was being built in the 1910s for Russian Bank for Foreign Commerce (architect L.N. Benois and Lidval), complete in the 1930s (architects L.V. Rudnev, Y.O. Svirsky) for the Textile Institute (today Technology and Design University), Building 24 belonged to Faberge firm (1899, architect K.K Schmidt), today it houses Yakhont Jeweller's. Buildings 35 (1907, architects A.A. Gimpel, V.V. Ilyashev) and 37 (1898, architects L.N. Benois, S.Y. Levi) were owned by Russia insurance society, Building 38 belonged to Arts Encouragement Fund (1890s, architect I.S. Kitner), building 40 - to the First Russian Insurance Society (1899-1901, architect L.N. Benois; today Architectural and Construction College). Buildings 42 and 44 were occupied by Ministry of State Property (1844-53, architect N.E. Efimov; today Plant Cultivation Institute), Building 41 - the house of German Embassy, Building 43 (1836-40) and 45 (1835-40) were the property of Ural factory owner P.N. Demidov (architect A.A. Montferrand), Building 47 belonged to the Nabokov Family (1898-1902, architects F.M. Geissler, V.F. Guslisty, today it houses the Museum of V.V. Nabokov), building 52 belonged to the Polovtsovs (see the house of Polovtsov; today - the House of Architect). Building 58 is the German Reformed Church, Building 39 – the Astoria Hotel; Building 45 is the House of Composers, Building 67 - the former Officers' Corps of Horse Guards Regiment (1844-49, architect I.D. Chernik; today University of Aerospace Instrumentation).

2 km, 539 m
Alexandrinsky Theatre

Alexandrinsky Theatre

Saint Petersburg, Ploschad Ostrovskogo, 6

One of the oldest russian extant dramatic theatres 

The Russian State Pushkin Academy Drama Theater - the legendary Alexandrinsky Theater - is the oldest Russian national theater. It was founded by the Senate’s Decree, signed by Empress Elizabeth (daughter of Peter the Great) on August 30, 1756, the day of Saint Alexander Nevsky. This theater is the progenitor of all Russian theaters and the date of its foundation is the birthday of the Russian professional theater. Foundation of the theater gave a start to the Russian state policy in the field of theater arts.

Here, at the Alexandrinsky Theater, took place premieres of practically all plays of the Russian drama classics: from the "Woes of Wits" by A. Griboyedov to the plays by A. Ostrovsky and A. Chekhov.

During the season of 2005/2006, the Alexandrinsky Theater had undergone a general reconstruction, resulting in restoration of the historical image of the building’s interiors. At the same time, the Alexandrinsky will turn into one of the most technically perfect theater venues.

The grand opening of the reconstructed Alexandrinsky Theater took place on August 30, 2006, in the course of celebration of the 250th anniversary of the oldest state drama theater of Russia. The opening of the renovated Alexandrinsky stage became the culmination of the anniversary festivities and was held in the presence of the state leaders.

1 km, 522 m
 Razyezzhaya Street

Razyezzhaya Street

St. Petersburg, Razyezzhaya ulitsa

Razyezzhaya Street is between Zagorodny Avenue and Ligovsky Avenue

Razyezzhaya Street (in the first half of the 19th century, it was also referred to as Chernyshev Lane)/The road was named in 1739, constructed in the 1740s following the designs of St. Petersburg Construction Commission. It started from the Five Corners and went through Moskovskaya Yamskaya settlement. In 1817-19, Yamskoy market was constructed under the supervision of architect V.P. Stasov. Most buildings date back to the 19th - 20th centuries: building 3 was the house of architect M.A. Makarov (1874), building 9 (1872, architect R.A. Gedike), building 19 (1813), building 32/51 (the early 19th century, reconstructed in the 1820-30s), building 33 (1820s). The following cultural figures lived on Razyezzhaya Street: dancer M.M. Fokin (building 4, 1900), A.I. Kuprin (building 7; there also the editorial office of the journal Mir Bozhy was quartered), N.A. Nekrasov (building 26/24), F. Sologub (building 31, 1910s), critic A.L. Volynsky (building 39/35, 1900s). The editorial office of the journal Apollon was quartered in building 8 in 1909-17, the newspaper Proletary (see Pravda) was printed in building 17 in August 1917. Today, building 9 accommodates the Memorial Society and the editorial office of the journal Na Nevskom.

1 km, 354 m
Povarskoy Lane

Povarskoy Lane

St. Petersburg, Povarskoy pereylok

Povarskoy Lane is between Stremyannaya Street and Kolokolnaya Street

Povarskoy Lane (originally called Basmannaya Street; in the 1770s, it was renamed Povarskaya Street, remained as such until the 1790s). It was built in the 1740s, following the designs of the St. Petersburg Construction Commission. In the middle of the 18th century, court cooks settled here (hence the name, meaning cook lane). The majority of buildings date back to the 19th - early 20th centuries. In Povarskoy Lane, many men of letters lived, such as F. Sologub (building 1, 1899), N.K. Simonov (building 4, 1930s), V.M. Garshin (building 5, 1887-88), N.A. Nekrasov (building 13, 1845), I.S. Turgenev (building 13, 1853-54) and N.G. Chernyshevsky (building 13, 1855).

1 km, 125 m
 Nevsky prospekt

Nevsky prospekt

St. Petersburg, Nevsky prospekt

The main street of St.Petersburg

The need for building Nevsky Prospect arose shortly after the foundation of the city. The only land route that connected the Admiralty (the industrial center of the new city) with central Russia was the Novgorod road, from which a path ran along the banks of the Neva. The Novgorod road ran approximately along the line of the modern Ligovsky Prospect to the Tauride Garden. The trail crossed the Fontanka along the dam built by master I. Matveev in 1705 at the direct instruction of Peter I.

Nevsky Prospect (Nevsky Avenue) is the main street of St. Petersburg, stretching for 4.5 km from the Admiralty to the Alexander Nevsky Lavra. Crosses the Moika River (Green Bridge), Griboedov Canal (Kazan Bridge), Fontanka (Anichkov Bridge). The greatest width is 60 m (at Gostiny Dvor), the minimum width is 25 m (at the Moika river).

Nevsky Prospect is only 10 years younger than St. Petersburg. According to the plan of Peter I, this road was to connect the Admiralty with the Alexander Nevsky Monastery. Empress Anna Ioannovna called the road “Nevsky Pershpectiva”, Catherine II –Nevsky Prospect.

Nevsky Prospect is overlooked by facades of 240 buildings. The right side (odd) is informally called “shadow side”, the even - “sunny side ” (a popular place for a walk). The section from Ploschad Vosstaniya Square to the Alexander Nevsky Monastery is unofficially called Staro-Nevsky (partly due to the fact that in the 1730s an attempt was made to straighten the highway along the current Goncharnaya and Telezhnaya streets).

1 km, 551 m
Literature House

Literature House

St. Petersburg, Nevsky pr., 68/40
2 km, 152 m
Yrysova's guest house

Yrysova's guest house

St. Petersburg, nab. reki Fontanki, 19

This ia a building on the Fontanka river embankment in a neo-classical style

397 m
The Nekrasov Apartment Museum

The Nekrasov Apartment Museum

St. Petersburg, Liteyny pr, 36

N.Nekrasov lived here for the last 20 years of his life

Memorial apartment of Russian poet and writer Nikolay Nekrasov

752 m