Smolny Institute and Bridges Highlights

Smolny ©sftrajan/flickr

Smolny ©sftrajan/flickr

The Smolny Institute is a Palladian edifice in St. Petersburg. It has designs and original concepts of the Venetian architect Andrea Palladio. Mainly, there is a strong based on the symmetry, perspective and values of the formal classical temple architecture of the Ancient Greeks and Romans. The building was commissioned from Giacomo Quarenghi and constructed to house the Smolny Institute for Noble Maidens. It was under the decree of Catherine II the Great in 1764 and was Russia’s first educational establishment for women. There is a nice garden and iron-work grille around the institute. Later, Lenin was residing there for several months. Lenin led the Red October or the October Revolution in 1917.

Neva River

After the abdication of Nicholas II of Russia, it was followed by the October Revolution. The Red Guard seized control of Saint Petersburg while at that time, it was known as Petrograd. There was also an immediate armed takeover of the cities and villages throughout the former Russian Empire. Geographically, Saint Petersburg is located on the Neva River on the Baltic Sea. The Neva flows from Lake Ladoga through Leningrad Oblast to the Neva Bay of the Gulf of Finland. Neva River is the third largest river in Europe having just 74 kilometers in length. It is also where the Battle of the Neva in 1240 occurred. What is amazing in Neva is that, you cannot find any aquatic vegetation there. You can find lots of birch and pine-birch grass-shrub forests and swampy pine forests in the middle regions.

Bridges in Saint Petersburg

St. Petersburg ©RickLigthelm/flickr

St. Petersburg ©RickLigthelm/flickr

There are many bridges starting from Leningrad Oblast where you can find the Ladozhsky Bridge, a movable multi-span metal bridge on stone piers and the Kuzminski railway bridge built in 1940. The Big Obukhovsky Bridge connects the Obukhovsky Defense avenue with Oktyabrskaya Embankment. You should also see the Volodarsky Bridge that connects Narodnaya and Ivanovo streets. In St. Petersburg is also the metallic, double-segment railway bridge to Finland called the Finland Railway Bridge. The other bridges on the delta of Neva River to be mentioned are Alexander Nevsky Bridge, Peter the Great Bridge, Liteyny Bridge or formerly the bridge of Alexander II, Trinity Bridge (formerly Kirov Bridge), Palace Bridge and last but not least, the Blagoveshchensky Bridge that was built in 1850. It connects Labour Square to the 7th Line of Vasilievsky Island.

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