Description of the Naval Museum of
Naval 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
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.