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Naval Museum of Saint Petersburg

Naval Museum of Saint Petersburg

 

 

 

Birzhevaya ploshad

Trolley 1, 7, 10      Bus: 7, 10, 47, K-47, K-128, K-147, K-187, K-209, K-252

Open: 11am- 6pm Wed- Sun

www.museum.navy.ru 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Description of the Naval Museum of Saint Petersburg

Naval Museum of Saint PetersburgNaval Museum of Saint Petersburg that stands on the tip (or Strelka - Russian for 'arrow' of Vasilevsky Island is one of the oldest museums in Russia and one of the largest maritime museum in the World. It was found in 1709 by the orders of Emperor Peter I the Great as a Museum Model Camera for storage of collection of drawings and models of marine vessels.

 

For a while it served as a Stock Exchange (Birzha) thus its still sometimes referred as Birzha. Naval Museum of Saint Petersburg was constructed in 1805- 10 under supervision of architect Thomas de Thomon who used Roman ancient pagan temples of Paestrum as a raw models for his building. Top of the building Neo- classical facade features Roman god Neptune, ruler of the sea, drawn by a chariot with sea horses, reflecting naval obsession of Emperor Peter I, founder of Saint Petersburg.

 

Naval Museum of Saint Petersburg contains a large collection devoted to Russian and Soviet military fleets. One of the oldest items include botik or a small raw boat. It is called as 'grandfather of Russian fleet' and was owned by Peter the Great himself. He used botik to learn how to sail. His first attempts were taken up in small lakes and streams. Later he took botik in the sea.

 

 

 


 

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