Tuesday, March 12, 2013

3 off the beaten track sights in St.Petersburg, Russia

The Siege exposition at the Rumyantsev mansion

The Siege of Leningrad (the former name of St. Petersburg city) is one of the darkest periods in the city history. During 872 days people had been struggling for life in the severest conditions of extreme starvation, winter colds, deaths. On 27 January, 1944 the blockade was raised, and it was the happiest day ever. Take a guide to conduct you though the exbition. You'll find out about the encirclement of the city, creation of the 'Road of Life' over Ladoga lake, everyday people's life in the blockade city.

Address: English embankment 44
Working hours: Thu-Mon 11:00 am - 06:00 pm, Fri 11:00 am - 05:00 pm, closed on Wed 
Ticket cost: 120 Rub per adult, 70 Rub per child. 

D-2 (Narodovolets) Submarine

The real submarine you can visit in St. Petersburg! Narodovolets is one of the first submarines to be built in the USSR. It was put into service in 1931 and took participation in World War II. Tiny kitchen, captain's cabin.. The interior looks the same as it looked in 1940s, and it's hard to imagine how 53 crew members could live and work here altogether. You can visit the museum by yourself or take a guide though the museum excursion is in Russian only, so it's better to prearrange an English-speaking guide with any local tour operator.

Address: Shkipersky protok 10
Working hours: 11:00 am - 06:00 pm, closed on Mon, Tue, last Thu of the month
Ticket cost: 350 Rub per adult, 200 Rub per child. Guide service inside the museum 500 Rub per group. Photo / video 150 Rub per camera

Kirov's apartment museum

The interiors of the partment №20 where Sergey M. Kirov, the first secretary of Leningrad Regional Party Committee, lived, preserve its original appearance. The exposition on the two floors tells you about Leningrad history of 1920-30 - the priod of economical upturn and large-scale building of socialism - and shows how the Bolshevik elite really lived. 

Address: Kamennoostrovsky prospect 26-28
Working hours: 11:00 am - 06:00 pm, closed on Wed
Ticket cost: 100 Rub per adult, 60 Rub per child. Guide service inside the museum 300 Rub per group. 

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