Almost three miles (five km) long, Nevsky Prospekt is one of the
best-known streets in Russia and is the main thoroughfare of St
Petersburg, starting at the Admiralty whose gilded spire is a
famous city landmark, to the Moscow Railway Station and then to the
Alexandr Nevsky Monastery where some of the country's most
celebrated artistic figures are buried. It has been the hub of the
city for centuries, cutting through the most historical part, and
home to the most important sights in the city.
Intersected by rivers and canals, the most beautiful part of the
avenue surrounds the Griboedova Canal. Here the impressive
colonnade of the grand Kazan Cathedral catches the eye, curving
around a small grassy square, and opposite the view along the canal
towards the multi-coloured onion domes of the Church of Our Saviour
on the Spilled Blood (officially called the Resurrection of Christ
Church) is breathtaking.
Modelled on St Basil's Cathedral in Moscow and adorned with