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Saint Petersburg Duma, St. Petersburg

Saint Petersburg Duma, St. Petersburg

The Saint Petersburg Duma was a city council established in 1786 during the reign of Catherine the Great. Located on the grand Nevsky Prospekt, this board of Imperial Russia was responsible for collecting fees for the municipality i.e. education, dues and fees, medical, trade, and other services. The original council consisted of six members. Emperor Nicholas I expanded the council to 12 members.

The building reflects a Neo-Renaissance style and was designed by G. Quaranghi. One stunning aspect of the Duma is the tower that can be seen from one end of the Nevsky Prospekt to the other. In the past, the tower was also used for fire observation and as an optical telegraph.

The Duma experienced many renovations. Construction to add the tower, designed by Giacomo Ferrari, began in 1799 and was completed in 1804. In 1847, public halls were added and the overall height of the building increased. Additional construction, which added two floors, occurred between 1913 and 1915.

The Duma was briefly abolished by Emperor Paul in 1798. Four years later, Alexander I restored the Duma after the death of Emperor Paul. The Duma was disbanded during the Revolution and is now used for cultural and other events.

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Sight Name: Saint Petersburg Duma
Sight Location: St. Petersburg, Russia
Sight Type: Attraction/Landmark
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Create Your Own Walk in St. Petersburg

Create Your Own Walk in St. Petersburg

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Traces of The Russian Revolution Walking Tour in St. Petersburg

Traces of The Russian Revolution Walking Tour in St. Petersburg

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Tour Duration: 4 Hour(s)
Travel Distance: 9.2 Km or 5.7 Miles
Parks and Sights of Saint-Petersburg

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Tour Duration: 2 Hour(s)
Travel Distance: 2.8 Km or 1.7 Miles
St Petersburg Nightlife

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Tour Duration: 2 Hour(s)
Travel Distance: 3.9 Km or 2.4 Miles
Religious Tour in St Petersburg

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Tour Duration: 3 Hour(s)
Travel Distance: 7.9 Km or 4.9 Miles
Walking Tour Around Vasilievsky Island in St Petersburg

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Tour Duration: 2 Hour(s)
Travel Distance: 2.7 Km or 1.7 Miles
Palace Embankment Walking Tour

Palace Embankment Walking Tour

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Tour Duration: 1 Hour(s)
Travel Distance: 1.7 Km or 1.1 Miles

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