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Admiralty Building, St. Petersburg

Admiralty Building, St. Petersburg (must see)

The Admiralty was built in 1704 by Peter the Great to demonstrate to the world the greatness of the Russian navy. Construction on the Admiralty, which was originally a fortified shipyard with four bastions, began in 1704. Thousands of tradesman worked non-stop to build the regent’s much-desired navy and the first warship was completed in 1706. A tower and spire were added in 1711. In 1730, a central gate was added and the wooden structure was replaced with a building made of stone.

Adrian Zakharov designed what we now know today as the Admiralty in 1806. A fire in 1783 had damaged the building and there was talk of moving the structure to another part of the city. Fortunately for all, this move never came to pass. Zakharov’s design featured white columns and statues of military leaders. A naval influence can be seen throughout the structure. In addition, a wall painting illustrates Neptune presenting his trident to Peter the Great. The building is massive at 400 meters and stretches for an entire city block.

Unfortunately, the building did not survive the wrath of the clergy. Many statues were removed as they were deemed pagan. The Admiralty also had to weather damage during times of war and a fire. Formerly the home of Russia’s Naval Headquarters, it is now a naval college.

Tip:
Check out the giant fountain in the park in front of the Admiralty!

Opening Hours:
Daily: 10am-5pm
Sight description based on wikipedia

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Sight Name: Admiralty Building
Sight Location: St. Petersburg, Russia
Sight Type: Attraction/Landmark
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