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Nevsky Hotel Moyka 5

Nearest metro: Gostiny Dvor, Nevsky prospekt

The Nevsky Hotel Moyka is located in one of the prettiest corners of St. Petersburg's historic center, within easy walking distance of the Hermitage and Nevsky Prospekt and very close to the confluence of the Fontanka and Moyka Rivers and the Griboedov Canal. The area around the hotel contains some of the city's most imposing neoclassical architecture, as well as several beautiful parks and gardens.

The nearest metro station, the Canal Griboedova entrance to Nevsky Prospekt and Gostiny Dvor, is only five minutes' walk away. Moskovsky Station is about fifteen minutes' drive from the Nevsky Hotel Moyka 5, and all other St. Petersburg mainline stations can be reached within 30 minutes by car. Pulkovo-1 and Pulkovo-2 airports are around 20km and 17km away from the hotel respectively, and guests should allow an hour for the drive, especially at peak times.

Local Sightseeing

The whole area surrounding the Nevsky Hotel Moyka 5 is packed with magnificent architecture and sights of historical importance. The most prominent and the closest is the Church of Our Saviour on the Spilled Blood, one of the most often depicted symbols of St. Petersburg. Built in 1882 on the site of the assassination of Alexander II, it was one of the grandest examples of the Russian Revival in architecture. While its gaudy, faceted onion domes and lavish decoration may lack the historic authenticity and charm of St. Basils in Moscow, this is compensated by its sheer size and its striking position jutting out into the Griboedov Canal.

Opposite the metro at the corner of Griboedov Canal and Nevsky Prospekt, Dom Knigi is not only St. Petersburg's finest bookshop, but also one of the city's most distinctive buildings. Completed in 1904 to house the St. Petersburg store of the Singer Sewing Machine Company, it is a masterpiece of Style Moderne (Art Nouveau), particularly notable for its ornate gilt and wrought iron decorations and elegant glass turret and globe.

The stretch of the Moyka River that runs past the Nevsky Hotel Moyka 5 can boast some of the most beautiful bridges in the city, particularly the "triple bridge" - Teatralny Bridge and Maly Konyushenny Bridge - at the confluence of the Moyka River and Griboedov Canal. A little further upstream, the two First and Second Sadovy Bridges also have beautiful gilded decorations, and take their name from the three gardens ('sad' in Russian) nearby. The Field of Mars, which lies between the Moyka and the Neva Rivers, is a large open space surrounded by fine neoclassical buildings that was once the parade ground for the Imperial Guards Regiments. Transformed into a formal garden by 16000 voluntary workers in one day in 1920, it was also chosen as the site for a Monument to Revolutionary Fighters erected shortly after the Civil War, and which now surrounds St. Petersburg's Eternal Flame, lit here on the 40th anniversary of the October Revolution.

The Mikhailovsky Garden, on the opposite bank of the Moyka River, is not the most exciting of St. Petersburg's parks, although it is famous for its dense gloom, which can be inviting on the hottest summer days. It does, however, run down to the Mikhailovsky Palace, a vast and superbly elegant neoclassical building designed by Carlo Rossi that now houses the main collection of the State Russian Museum and the Russian Ethnographic Museum.

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