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Monument to Admiral von Krusenstern

Admiral Adam Johann von Krusenstern (known in Russia as Ivan Kruzenshtern) was undoubtedly one of Russia's greatest explorers, most famous for leading the first Russian circumnavigation of the globe from 1803 to 1806. From 1811 he was an instructor and then (from 1827) the director of the Naval Cadet College (now the Frunze Higher Naval College). In front of that building on Naberezhnaya Leitenanta Shmidta (Lieutenant Schmidt Embankment), next to the Neva River, this monument to the great seafarer was erected 1870-1873.

  • Monument to Admiral von Krusenstern in front of sailing ships moored on Vasilevskiy Island in St Petersburg, Russia
    Monument to Admiral von Krusenstern in front of sailing ships moored on Vasilevskiy Island
  • Monument to Admiral von Krusenstern in winter in Saint-Petersburg, Russia
    Monument to Admiral von Krusenstern in winter

Designed by architect Ippolito Monighetti and sculptor Ivan Shreder, the monument bears the inscription "To the first Russian sailor around the world Ivan Fyodorovich Kruzenshtern from admirers of his achievements". For students of the Naval College, it is a long-standing (though officially frowned upon) tradition during graduation celebrations to dress the figure of the Admiral in a giant telnyashka - the distinctive blue-and-white striped vest worn by all Russian sailors.

Metro:Vasileostrovskaya
Getting there:From the metro turn left along Sredniy Prospekt and take the second turning on your left onto 10-ya Liniya. Follow the street all the way to the Neva River (about 500m), and the monument is a few steps to your right on the embankment.
What's nearby? Academy of Fine Arts, River Neva, Blagoveshchenskiy (Annunciation) Bridge
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