Administrative and Government Buildings

In Russia, the use of architecture as a statement of power came to its peak in the reign of Josef Stalin, but that era's preference for severe classical forms and monumental statuary has antecedents in Russia going back well into the 18th century.

Although the city was relatively neglected during the Soviet period, as the capital of the vast Russian Empire, St. Petersburg required more than its share of governmental and administrative buildings, and many of them are masterpieces of neoclassicism and Empire style.