ATypI 2008

17.09-21.09 2008

 
 

Preliminary Cultural program

To introduce the participants and the accompanying persons to the attractions of St.Petersburg and its suburbs the following cultural program will be offered.

Date and time
Excursion
Price per person in RUR
September 17, 2008
 10:00 - 16:00 cancelled
Tour to Pushkin-
guided walking tour around the park;
visit to the palace. Lunch in the Park restaurant
3000 RUR
September 18 , 2008 
 23:30 - 02:00
Drawbridges. Night show.
1700 RUR
September 19 , 2008
10:00 - 14:00 cancelled
Cathedrals of St. Petersburg
1900 RUR
September 21 , 2008
15:00 - 19:00
City tour (Peter and Paul Fortress inclusive)
900 RUR
September 21, 2008
10:00 - 17:00 cancelled
Tour to Petehof - 
guided walking tour around the park;
visit to the palace. Lunch in the Park restaurant
3000 RUR

Price includes:
Transport (western type coach, air-conditioning, microphone);
English-speaking guide;
Entrance fee to the museums.

All the tours  will take place only in case if not less than 10 persons attend it.
Deadline for booking excursion is August 20, 2008

Pushkin

Cathedrals of St. Petersburg

Peter and Paul Fortress

Sightseeing city tour

Peterhof

Mariinsky theatre

Hermitage Theatre

Drawbridges. Night show.


Pushkin

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Tsarskoe Selo (Royal Village), located 25 km south of St. Petersburg, first appeared in the 18C as the summer residence of the Russian tsars. In 1918 the town was renamed into Detskoe Selo (Children’s Village). In 1937 the name was changed into Pushkin, to commemorate the centenary of the great Russian poet’s tragic death.
Created for two centuries by many prominent architects, the unique architectural ensemble of Pushkin is world famed for its elegant palaces and pavilions, landscape parks and ponds, 18-century marble statues and historic obelisks.
This "town of Muses" inspired many celebrated Russian poets, painters and musicians to create their renowned masterpieces in music and art.
In 1752-1756 a remarkable Bolshoy Catherine Palace - the striking example of baroque architecture - was built by architect Rastrelli, and numerous entertainment pavilions were erected in the park, including «Hall on the Island», Sliding Hill, Hermitage and Grotto.
The splendor of new architectural ensemble immediately caused everybody’s admiration and delight. Tsarskoe Selo became the place for official receptions of Russian nobility and representatives of foreign states, who were visiting Russia with diplomatic missions.
During the reign of Catherine the Great further significant alterations were made to the palace and park.
The Catherine Park was extended with the layout of the garden landscaped in the English style. In the palace itself part of baroque interiors with abundance of gilded moldings and sculptures were completely altered by the Scottish architect Charles Cameron in the spirit of increasingly fashionable Classical style.
A series of monuments glorifying Russian triumphal victories in the Russo-Turkish and other wars were put up in the newly designed part of the park. Among them are Columns of Chesma and Morea, Kagul Obelisk, all designed by architect Rinaldi, and monumental Tower Ruin designed by architect Velten.

Cathedrals of St. Petersburg

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Built from 1818-1858, St. Isaac’ Cathedral is the largest Orthodox church is St. Petersburg. The gilded cupola of the Cathedral, which dominates the skyline of the city, stands 101.5 meters in the air making it the fifth highest cathedral in Europe. The collonade offers visitors the option of climbing the 300 stairs to the observation deck to see the breathtaking view of the city. 
The facades of the building are decorated with 112 monolithic columns made from Karelian granite. The outside of the building is covered in beautiful sculptures inculding 24 monumental bronze angels.
Today, in addition to being open to the public as a museum, the cathedral continues to offer festive services.
The Cathedral of the Resurrection, which is also known as the Church of the Savior on Spilled Blood, was erected in memory of Tsar Alexander II. On March 1, 1881, the Tsar was assasinated by a terrorist (I. Grinevitskij) on the exact spot of the church’s current location.
The church was designed by Alfred Parland and was built from 1883-1907 with money donated by the royal family as well as private donors. Both the inside and outside of the building are decorated with ornate mosaics designed by a group of prominent Russian artists.
During the 1930s the church was closed due to the destruction taking place nationwide as the Bolsheviks stormed and ruined many churches. The Cathedral of the Resurrection was reopened in August of 1997 after almost 3 decades of careful restoration. Today the Cathedral is fully restored and remains open to visitors.
The Kazan Cathedral named after the supposedly miraculous Kazan icon. It is the main Cathedral of St. Petersburg, one of the largest cathedrals of Russia and the most magnificent temples of St. Petersburg (architect A. Voronihin). The main facade of the Cathedral is overlooking the Nevsku prospect. In the cathedral are resting the remains of field-marshal M. Kutuzov, the great Russian general.

Peter and Paul Fortress(within Sightseeing city tour)

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The St. Peter and Paul Fortress was founded on 27 May 1703 to defend St.Petersburg against enemy raids. From the middle of the 18th century it contained Russian political prison. In addition to viewing the ancient fortifications on the grounds of the fortress, one can visit Peter and Paul cathedral, designed by D.Trezzini, which is the city’s tallest building (the height of the spire is 121.8 meter); the house of the "grandfather of the Russian navy", where exact copy of Peter I’s little boat is kept and the Mint.
Located within the St. Peter and Paul Cathedral is the burial vault of Peter the Great and other Russian tsars.
The museum in Trubetskoy Bastion Prison holds expositions of "The History of St.Petersburg", "The History of the Imperial Mint", and "Pechatnya" (Printing Workshop). The fortress also includes The Museum on Cosmonautics and Missilery, and the excursion route entitled "Panorama of the Neva" - over the roofs of the fortress’ bastions.

Peterhof

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Peterhof is one of the oldest summer residences in the vicinity of St.Petersburg. Peterhof means "Peter’s Court".
It was founded in 1710, when the Peter and Paul Fortress lost its military significance, and Peter the Great started to build another fortress on Kotlin Island to protect St.Petersburg from the city.
The fountains are connected by means of a water-main with springs welling out in the Ropshinsky Heights. It was also the time when the park later named as Lower was established there. In the middle of the XVIII century the palace was augmented upon the project of the architect Rastrelli.
Located on the steep slope in front of the palace the Grand Cascade of fountains embellished with bronze sculptures and bas-reliefs dedicated to Russia’s victories in the Northern war. It consists of 64 fountains.
In the center of the cascade there is the famous sculptural group "Samson tearing the lion’s jaws", symbolizing the victory of Russia over Sweden. At the base of the cascade there are the fountains "Volkhov" and "Neva".
In the lower park the Marli Palace, the Hermitage and the Monplaisir Palace were constructed. The Monplaisir became the first picture gallery in Russia which contained a large collection of paintings of Dutch and Flemish masters. In front of the palace are a garden with a fountain, a parterre and several sculptures.
The Marli Palace is situated on the shore of a pond and opposite it there is the "Golden Mountain" cascade, the steps of which are faced with marble and gilded copper panels. The marble statues decorating the cascade are designed from the ancient original sculptures or brought in from Italy in 1870. In the park the alleys are also adorned with fountains.
There are also two marble fountains in the square which bear resemblance to the fountain in front of the St. Peter’s Cathedral in Rome, hence their name, the "Roman" fountains.

Mariinsky theatre

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The Mariinsky theatre is one of the largest and oldest music theaters in Russia and it is known all over the world.The history of the Mariinsky (Kirov) theatre began in 1783 with the construction of St Petersburg's Grand Theatre. The building was later rebuilt by the architects Kavos and Benois and is named after Maria, the wife of Alexander II.
The theatre is famous for both opera and ballet performances. Since the beginning of the 19th century The St Petersburg Ballet group, which performs at the Mariinsky, has been known as the finest example of Russian classical ballet.
Valery Georgiev, one of the best orchestra conductors in the world, is now the Chief Producer of the theater. When attending the opera at the Mariinsky you will surely enjoy splendid singing, magnificent costumes and scenery, and a brilliant orchestra. The ballet repertoire consists of Marius Petipa's stage versions of classical Russian ballets like "Swan Lake", "Sleeping Beauty", "Nutcracker", etc.

Hermitage Theatre

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The performances of best Petersburg and Moscow ballet dancers and ballet troupes are staged at the unique in beauty and decoration theatre. Almost every evening the curtain is gone up and beautiful ballet performances start. The performances are unique and nicely add the impression of historical image of a beautiful city, its embankment and canals. The ballet repertoire is: "Giselle", "Swan lake", "Chopiniana" etc.
Also in the Hermitage theatre there are evenings of ballets starts - Gala-concerts, including the fragments of world-known ballets such as "The sleeping beauty", "Giselle", "Raymonda", "La Esmeralda" "Corsair", "Don Quixote", "Spartak", "Carmen", concert piece, the masterpiece of Russian ballet "A Dying swan" and many others.
The leading soloists and ballet artists of the Hermitage theatre of Russia and other ballet theatres of Saint Petersburg take place in the performances.

Drawbridges. Night show.

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Saint - Petersburg has more bridges than any other city in the world. There are over 300 bridges in the central part of the city and over 500 on the whole territory of the city.
St. Petersburg bridges across the Neva are drawn every night for the period of navigation for the ships to pass up and down the city's waterways. Of course, the breathtaking view of drawing bridges is particularly impressive within the period of White nights (May-July) when the light evening dusk merges with morning and there is an overwhelming feeling of magic all around the city.
Even if you are lacking romanticism at all, you will be charmed by a stunning view - the city's marvelous architecture complemented by the peaceful smoothness of water and exquisite beauty of all these bridges. That's why there are always many spectators on the Neva Embankment in the White Nights time.
The guided bus excursion gives an opportunity to see the raising of the brightest drawbridges and to learn fascinating stories about them.

Sightseeing city tour(Peter and Paul Fortress inclusive)

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There is no other way to get an impression about the City of St.Petersburg, than to take a short ride on a bus with an expert guide. The tour includes picturesque sightseeing peculiarities that are most favored by tourists from the world over.
Naturally, it's Nevsky Avenue, the main city's thoroughfare, with luxurious shopping centers, restaurants, churches and cathedrals, banks and offices.
You'll invariably see and admire the Palace Square, make a stop by the beautifully decorated Church of Resurrection (known also as Saviour-on the Blood Church), Saint Isaac’s Cathedral and Peter and Paul fortress with Cathedral where all Russian emperors were buried.
You will also be able to pass by the Hermitage, the world known museum, the Admiralty and the Bronze Horseman - the monument to the founder of the City - Peter I.
And, of course, you will stop on the Spit of Basil’s Island – this spot gives an amazing panoramic view of the granite embankments of the Niva river.
You will learn a lot about the history and modern life of the city. The tour is quite cognitive and very spectacular.