Squares of St. Petersburg

St. Petersburg's public squares, of which Palace Square in front of the Winter Palace is undoubtedly the most famous, were designed on the grand scale, many by the Italian-born master of high neoclassicism Carlo Rossi. Punctuating the architectural oration of St. Petersburg's magnificent avenues and embankments like dramatic rhetorical pauses, these spaces impress with their vastness and their decorum, offering splendid vistas onto the columned facades of the city's most striking buildings.