Smolny Palace is a three-story Baroque building, elegant and luxurious.
Some of its houses used to be a boarding school. The school was an aristocratic girls' school built by the order of Catherine II in the early 19th century.
In the October Revolution of 1917, Lenin once set up the Revolutionary Headquarters in the Smolny Palace and issued a declaration on the establishment of Soviet power here.
It was the center of Soviet power until the capital was moved to Moscow in 1918.
In the 1960s, 8 thick columns and 7 arched porches were added to the main entrance. Now, it has become the seat of the St. Petersburg city government and agencies.
The Smolny Palace is the last attraction in St. Petersburg. I went there the night before I left. I really have no resistance to the blue buildings. The architectural style is very similar to the navy church, and the night view is really beautiful.
Smolny Palace, located in the northeastern part of St. Petersburg, at the turn of the Neva River, is a three-story building with an elegant appearance. It was built between 1806 and 1808. It was originally an aristocratic women's college. The overall color is Byzantine blue and white. Alternately, it is a fusion of Baroque and Byzantine styles, and is quite representative in many palaces in St. Petersburg.
From the top you can get a wondeful view above S.-Petersburg
I know, I'm just crazy about St. Petersburg, so I'll give everything five stars. The cathedral was in dismal shape when I was there, so I was happy to hear that they were refurbishing it. As a lover of all onion dome cathedrals, I would be happy if they fixed them all.
This architectural design is called Rococo, and was build by the great Italian architect, Rastrelli for Empress Elizabeth, extravagant daughter of Peter the Great. The Church was commissioned in 1745, but Elizabeth ran out of funds, and it wasn't completed for another 100 years. I've been there twice. The first time I was struck by the archetectual design on the outside (Rococo) and the austere white inside. On the inside, it reminded me of the old North Church in Boston. The second time, they were working on the Church and I wasn't able to go inside.
Preston_Dominguez: Rastrelli Sq., 1, St. Petersburg 191124
Jeremy_Dodson: I recommended Smolny Cathedral,Smolny Sobor,Alaxandre-Nevsky Lavra,Bolsheokhtinsky Bridge,Tikhvin Cemetery