Visit the main square of Saint Petersburg and of the former Russian Empire. Being one of the most harmonious ensembles of architecture in the world, Palace Square is a must-see on a trip to Saint Petersburg. See the place that has been setting major events of Russian history.
- Region in Russia: Saint Petersburg
- Topic: City Tour, Sightseeing
- Best Season: Spring, Summer, Autumn, Winter
- Family & Kids: Yes
Palace Square or Dvortsovaya Ploshchad – the main square of Saint Petersburg
It is true that Palace Square, a major tourist attraction of Saint Petersburg, is one of the most harmonious ensembles of architecture in the world. An architectural highlight is located right in the center of Saint Petersburg, and features the Winter Palace where the Hermitage is located, General Staff Building, Guards Corps Headquarters and Alexander Column. Palace Square which in the Russian language is called Dvortsovaya Ploshchad is the main public space for nearly three centuries. Like Red Square in Moscow, Palace Square in Saint Petersburg has seen many important events in Russian history. Make sure to visit Palace Square – the main square of Saint Petersburg – that every time impresses the tourists with its grandeur and architectural harmony.
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What is located on Palace Square in Saint Petersburg?
General Staff Building © GoodFon.ru
Palace Square, a must see in Saint Petersburg, features the Winter Palace where the Hermitage is located, General Staff Building, Guards Corps Headquarters and Alexander Column. The first building that was constructed on Palace Square is the famous Winter Palace, the main residence of the Russian Emperors. The construction works took place between 1754 and 1762 by Italian architect Francesco Bartolomeo Rastrelli who created a great variety of building in Saint Petersburg. For several decades the Winter Palace, now the host of the Hermitage museum, was the only building on Palace Square, but at the end of the 18th century houses were built on the opposite side of the Square. Catherine the Great, who had admired the endless space for the windows of the Winter Palace, now was facing the houses and was greatly dismayed by that. In 1829 a worthy architectural counterpart of the Winter Palace was built by Carlo Rossi – the splendid General Staff Building. The semicircular façade facing Palace Square is 580 long and has at its center a grand triumphal arch with the Chariot of Glory with six horses. The Alexander Column, commemorating the victory over Napoleon, and the Guard Corps Headquarters finish the architectural ensemble of Palace Square. Do not miss a chance to marvel at the beautiful harmonious architectural highlight of Saint Petersburg.
The Winter Palace and Alexander Column © Best-of-Russia.net
General Staff Building © Best-of-Russia.net
Palace Square or Dvortsovaya Ploshchad – Location Map & Contact Information
Saint Petersburg, Russia
How to get there – ARRIVAL INFORMATION
Metro Stations: Admiralteyskaya
Directions: Exit the metro station, turn right and then turn left onto Bolshaya Morskaya Ulitsa. Follow the street and enter Palace Square through the arch of the General Staff Building