"Next to the Smolny Convent is..." Palaces Tip by AndreasK

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Next to the Smolny Convent is the <b>Smolny Institute</b>, originally a school for the daughters of the nobility. The building was subsequently involved in major political events: the Petrograd Soviet, led by Trotsky and dominated by the Bolsheviks, established its headquarters here in the summer of 1917. It was from here that the Bolsheviks organized the coup of October 1917 that brought about the Revolution. Lenin lived and worked here until March 1918, when the government moved to Moscow. It remained the Leningrad party headquarters until 1991. It has now been taken over by the mayor's office of Petersburg.

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  • Written Sep 7, 2002
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