"Palace Square (General Staff Building Detail)" Top 5 Page for this destination Parks and Squares Tip by Canadienne

Parks and Squares, Saint Petersburg: 74 reviews and 138 photos

  General Staff Building Detail
by Canadienne

The area has a rich history: on a January Sunday in 1905 (later known as "Bloody Sunday"), demonstrators gathered in Palace Square to present a petition to Nicholas II. The Tsar was absent and police hastily fired on the crowd, killing hundreds. Later, in 1917, the Square witnessed the Bolshevik revolution and the taking of the Winter Palace.

There isn't anyplace to sit and admire the surroundings today, so each time we passed though the Square, it seemed fairly empty. In terms of discouraging crowds and gatherings, the lack of seating is successful. . .but it seems a pity to have such a beautiful ensemble of buildings and not to maximize use of it.

Address: Palace Square (Dvortsovaya ploshchad)

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  • Updated Jun 7, 2003
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