The Admiralty of the embankment in St. Petersburg (despite its modest size of only 414 meters) is loved by tourists and locals. It extends from the crossing to the Palace of the Embankment and the Palace Bridge, to the Senate Square. It is only eight houses away. from this street, in the center of the city.
It was here, in 1704 when the building of the Navy Ministry was built, which later influenced the name of the street. The first prerequisite to the appearance of the embankment came much later: it was only in 1844, after all the work of shipbuilding, it was moved to a different location in the port of Galernaya. Prior to this, there was no street of special value. On the contrary, due to the boat grating channels, the ditches and the embankment spoiled the vision of the whole center of the city.
In 1832 in the palace dock, several sculptures of lions were installed and also the decorative porphyry vase, made in Sweden. Today, local guides and historians believe that these are the most popular lions in St. Petersburg. In 1873, the construction of the navy ministry enbankment began, and a year later it was officially opened. Interestingly, 365 thousand rubles were allocated for the improvement of the streets. At first it was assumed that all the buildings on the docks would be the same, but the land parcels were not bought because the rich people did not want to live in similar houses, for which citizens were not able to build a house in the center of San Petersburg. Thus, in 1878, on the Admiralty coastline, any building was allowed to be built, but its height should not exceed 23.5 meters, and the end of the street became very famous as the influential officials, bankers, Writers and artists.
In 1910, the dock of the Navy Ministry was decorated with a sculpture of the “King-Carpenter”. Eight years later it was dismantled. Only in 1996, the sculpture was restored; The Dutch government gave him a replica of St. Petersburg.
Almost all the buildings on the coast’s Admiralty line have their historical value, for instance the house number 4 located in the Panaeva Theater, which was given by Fedor Chaliapin. Unfortunately, in 1917, the house burned down, and in the middle of the 20th century a school was built on the site. House number 8 belonged to the Grand Duke Mikhail Mikhailovich, and after a few years it ceased to be an important trade management of Leningrad. Now part of the building is occupied by an insurance company, and the cabins were restored and open to the public. The apartment building № 10 of Rukavishnikova, was for a time occupied by the composer Tchaikovsky.
Many residents of the Northern Capital believe that Quay’s Admiralty has some magical properties. For example, if there is something that is not going well, or you are just in a bad mood, and then walk through the embankment, it would bring thoughts in order and give an energy boost.
It is interesting that after passing the winter, during the warmer climates the first swallows are seen in this street, in the building of the Navy Ministry .
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