Address and phone: Central St. Petersburg, between the Engineering and Italian streets
Between the Engineering and Italian streets, in the heart of St. Petersburg, is the Arts Square. You can come here by metro. The nearest stations are Gostiny Dvor and Nevsky Prospekt. The area, which is an integral element of the historical development of St. Petersburg, is classified by UNESCO as a World Heritage Site. The Mikhailovsky Theater (formerly the Small Opera House) was erected on the project of A. Bryullov. Not far from it, also in the western part of the square, is the Great Hall of the Philharmonic. This building was created by P. Jaco and once belonged to the Noble Assembly. Both the theater and the philharmonic society enjoy the great love of the citizens and guests of St. Petersburg. The work of the Philharmonic did not stop even in the terrible blockade period. Here for the first time the famous Seventh Symphony of Shostakovich was sounded.
On the Square of Arts is located and the Russian Ethnographic Museum, whose exposition was previously only a department within the Russian Museum. However, the subjects of everyday life of the people and the history of crafts soon began to need their own premises.The building, erected in 1900-11 by the project of V. Svinin, placed the collection within its walls.
The ensemble of the Arts Square includes the Theater of Musical Comedy, the house of Golenishchev-Kutuzov. In the square there is the hotel "Europe", which was built in the 19th century by the design of Rossi. Despite its status as a monument of architecture, it is now a five-star functioning hotel.
Since 1957 the square was decorated with a monument to Alexander Pushkin created by M.K. Anikushin. The monument successfully added to the appearance of the square and completely corresponds to its name.
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