Gostiny Dvor, St. Petersburg

Gostiny Dvor, St. Petersburg

Located on the infamous Nevsky Prospekt, Gostinyi Dvor is a shopping center that holds the distinction of being the world’s first mall. It is also considered to be one of the best shopping centers in Europe. Constructed from 1757 to 1785, the Gostinyi Dvor is enormous and occupies an entire city block. The eye-catching building features a Neoclassical design. The architect was Jean-Baptiste Vallin de la Mothe.

The structure was originally a department store that was converted into individual shops. J.P. Gaultier, Galliano, Ungaro, Versace Jeans, and Christian Lacroix are some of the upscale stores that visitors will enjoy. A playroom is available for parents who wish to shop without the distraction of their children. The Gostinyi Dvor has it all. In addition to retail stores, they offer tailor services, currency conversion, museum exhibitions, and cafes for those who wish to eat. They also offer numerous arts and craft classes that parents and children will enjoy.

Gostinyi Dvor has experienced a lot of renovation. In fact, renovations continue to this day. The renovations after World War II, in which interior walls were demolished, helped to create the mall design we see today. The mall is open until 10 o’clock every night.
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Sight Name: Gostiny Dvor
Sight Location: St. Petersburg, Russia
Sight Type: Attraction/Landmark
Guide(s) containing this sight: Nevsky Prospekt Walking Tour  

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