The Admiralty

The Epicentre of St. Petersburg

Originally a fortified shipyard, the Admiralty served as Russia’s access to the sea and a showing of naval power to the world. It was at the centre of Peter’s grand plan to modernise Russia as a world power via sea trade and create its first true fleet. Peter began the construction of Russia’s Baltic Fleet here with over 300 ships built from 1706 until production ceased in 1844.

Following the shipyard’s closure in 1874 the land plots along the Neva River were sold to private owners who built manors and so the Admiralty Embankment was arranged along the river.

Today the Admiralty serves as one of the most attractive naval institutes in the world. Much of the appearance differs after the original wooden structures were rebuilt in stone before a complete reconstruction in the early 1800s. More elaborate restoration was done following damage suffered during World War II. It has very much become the symbol of St. Petersburg with its gilded cupola, a 70m spire and an iconic weathervane shaped as a ship. The ship seems very small when you look at it from below but in fact it weighs 65 kilos and is covered with pure gold. From this landmark extend the three main avenues of the city: Nevsky Prospekt, Gorokhovaya Street and Voznesensky Prospekt.

The building of the Admiralty, as with many structures in the city, was acknowledged by UNESCO as one of the finest works of architectural art in the world.

Alexander Gardens

Flanking both sides of the Admiralty is the Alexander Garden, designed in the 1870s by a German botanist. Statues, busts and monuments of famous people accompany the paths that weave through the trees, making it a serene stopover under the impression of the Admiralty. Travel to st Petersburg