The Petrovsky Embankment

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t’s interesting that the first embankment of the city received its official title much later than the rest. The opening ceremony of the Petrovsky Embankment and the Trinity Bridge took place in May of 1903. The embankment stretches from the Trinity Square to the Petersburg (Petrograd) Embankment, with both embankments forming the spit of the Petrograd (former Petersburg) Island – the place where citizens hold many traditions such as wish-making.

Initially this was called the Trinity Embankment by the people and was marked as the Embankment line on the city’s maps. It was the place where the first sea port of St. Petersburg was established in 1703 (later it was transferred to the spit of Vasilyevsky Island).

There’s a story that says it was where the first commercial ship from Holland arrived. Tsar Peter I invited the skipper to a dinner. The latter didn’t understand that it was the first man of the state because nothing suggested it: the Tsar’s manners were simple and the palace’s interiors were modest. Being under misapprehension the skipper tried to sell cheap bijouterie to Peter and his wife; he even cracked jokes about Tsar’s wife. When the situation became clear the skipper fell on his knees and implored the Tsar to spare his life. Peter I was so gracious that he not only bought all the things the skipper offered but invited the unlucky Dutchman to visit his palace again.

But the most important monument of the embankment, for sure, is the House of Peter I – the first House of St. Petersburg. It is the only wooden building that survived to the present day from the time of the city’s foundation. The house was built in three days, from 24 to 26 May of 1703. It was an ordinary farm house with very small rooms and low ceilings. The ceiling was so low that it is amazing how Peter I, a tall man even for today’s time, could fit inside the house. Peter was 204 cm high while the height of the front doors are only 182 cm.

At the present time the House of Peter I is a memorial museum. The furniture, the tools and other things that belonged to Peter I are displayed here. Another interesting exhibit is the boat that, according to legend, was made by the Tsar himself. Tour to st Petersburg