The Field of Mars in St. Petersburg

This park is located at St. Petersburg’s downtown, it is known mainly as a good place to run and relax. And it is not surprising, because it is something different from other tourist places, where its beauty is very well cared.

The main attraction is in the central part of the park and it is a monument. It was built in 1917 under the title “Fighter Heroes of Russia’s Freedom, who were victims of this fight”, dedicated to the victims of the February revolution. Here are buried many revolutionary leaders known at the time, such as MS Uritsky, whose murder was one of the prerequisites of red terror.

In 1957, the center of the monument was illuminated by an eternal flame, and it was the first monument of the USSR. Its flame was always lit in that place, but later they moved it to the tomb of the unknown soldier in Moscow, as well as the Glory of the Eternal Fire in Novgorod.

At night, the park is often held flashmob, where anyone can join and there simultaneously illuminate hundreds of lanterns, creating an incredibly beautiful view.

A little history

The Mars field, being one of the most beautiful parks of the capital of the North, also possesses an impressive heritage. For many years, a large swamp spread over the place, but in the early 18th century, in the summer, Pedro I visited the place “Summer Garden” and the monarch ordered to drain the swamp, and two channels of a great advance to The Neva and the Moika, in order to make it a more relaxing place. One channel is empty, while the other channel still exists and it is called the Swan Channel.

The drainage of the wetlands has become a rectangular island, which became known as a fun field, as they often held a lot of festivals.

Some of the famous monuments of St. Petersburg were in the park for a long time, for example, The Statue of A. V. Suvorova that in 1818 was transferred to the area and now it is known as Suvorov. Later the Obelisk Rumyantsev was moved, that also was in the Field of Mars.

During the brief reign of Catherine I, the field took the name of Prado Tsaritsin in honor of the empress of the nearby palace. Then it began to take shape, because with efforts, the small area was ennobled, where they created neat alleys, laid grass and installed several fountains.

However, Catalina’s policies were not compatible and over time, the field was often used for parades and exercises, as well as the construction of barracks. The present name appeared in the 19th century in honor of the Roman god of war.

When you are in St. Petersburg, you should not miss the chance to get to know the city with a Spanish-speaking guide. We invite you to the free tour of St. Petersburg downtown and other tours in Spanish. In the free tour you will see all the important monuments and know their great stories. We take free Spanish tours in St. Petersburg every day. You would find more information here.

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