10 interesting facts about St. Petersburg streets

  1. The oldest street in the city is Petrovskaya Embankment: it was here in the distant 1703 that the first residential building of St. Petersburg was erected: the wooden house of Peter the Great. Following him, houses close to the emperor appeared here, but to this day they have not survived.
  2. The width of the narrowest street in the city, Repin Street, is only 5.5 meters. This street is located, the appearance of which resembles the streets of small ancient European towns, on Vasilyevsky Island, between Rumyantsevsky Garden and Sredny Prospect.
  3. The shortest street of the city is Malaya Sadovaya Street, located between Nevsky Prospect and Italianskaya Street. Its length is only 179 meters. Currently, it is a beautiful pedestrian area and, in combination, an outdoor exhibition hall.
  4. Zodchego Street, which unites Lomonosov Square and Ostrovsky Square, has the most ideal proportions. Its length, 220 meters, is exactly ten times the width, and the height of the buildings, 22 meters, is equal to the width itself.
  5. Up to the mid-19th century, most of the pavements and walkways of St. Petersburg consisted of wood. As a result, a strict ban on smoking reigned on the streets of the city: the abandoned cigarette butt could well have been the cause of a devastating fire. The first asphalted section of the road appeared in St. Petersburg only in 1871, located on the Fontanka embankment.
  6. On Bolshaya Morskaya Street, not far from the Admiralteyskaya metro station, there is a curved section, located in such a way that it is possible to check the clock on the sun. It is laid so precisely with respect to the sun's rays that at noon it is possible to let the clock on it, focusing on the shadow of your own hand.
  7. Nevsky Prospect is the warmest place in St. Petersburg. In summer, the temperature here is on average 2-3 degrees higher than in suburban areas, and in the cold season the difference can reach 10-12 degrees!
  8. According to statistics, about 2 million people pass through Nevsky Prospect daily.
  9. Nevsky Prospect received its name from the Alexander Nevsky Monastery, from which it leads to the Admiralty. Before the name of the avenue was officially approved in 1781, it was called either the prospective road to the Nevsky Monastery, the Bolshoy perspective road, or the Bolshoy Nevsky first perspective and then the Bolshoy Nevsky Prospect.
  10. Some streets of the city have different names from different sides. So, on the opposite side of Perinnaya Street there is Dumskaya Street, the opposite side of the 1st line of the VO is called the S'yezdovaya Line. In addition, all the lines of Vasilyevsky Island on the right and left sides have different numbering.

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