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odiseya odiseya
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Have a tresure hunting - create a theme for a independent tour Feb 02, 2017
Saint Petersburg is also known like a "Northern Venice" is build over many islands, rivers and canals. There is more than 40 islands. One of famous is Vasilevsky Island.

Vasilyevsky Island is located by the rivers Bolshaya Neva and Malaya Neva (in the delta of the Neva River) in the south and northeast, and by the Gulf of Finland in the west.

Vasilyevsky Island is separated from Dekabristov Island by the Smolenka River. Together they form the territory of Vasileostrovsky District, an administrative subdivision of Saint Petersburg.

There is many places on island to discover, because it constitutes a large portion of the city's historic center.

Two of the most famous St Petersburg bridges, Palace Bridge and Blagoveshchensky Bridge, connect it with the mainland to the south. The Exchange Bridge and Tuchkov Bridge across Malaya Neva connect it with Petrogradsky Island.
The first sight at V. Island from …
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Aleksandra, interesting review here. Brings back memories of my visit of St. Petersburg back in 2005.
Posted on: Feb 04, 2017
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vances vances
581 reviews
I get the point Jul 01, 2016
Strelka is the eastern point of Vasilevskiy Island, best known for the expansive views it affords and the landmark pair of Rostral Columns. The somewhat unusual towers are very visible almost anywhere along the Neva in downtown St. Petersburg. Commemorating Russian naval might, close inspection left me more confused than impressed. Both columns are a striking red color, oddly impaled by boats! Turns out this stemmed from an ancient Roman custom of studding columns with the prows of captured ships. A pair of statues repose at the base of either column, symbolizing four major rivers of Russia (Neva, Dnieper, Volga and Volkhov).

Much like Tavricheskiy Park (which I had visited several days earlier), this was another brilliant gathering place. The splendid views from Strelka seem to have made it a welcoming space for relaxing and socializing by a great many locals. Numerous flower gardens and comfortable benches populate the park and there is an expansive stone porch wrapping around the point. Natives representing every slice of local life were out and about, contemplating, fishing, or simply enjoying one another’s company. Remarkably, this was about the only place where I did not witness any wedding photos being snapped, though there is a huge granite ball here and I heard many champagne glasses have been smashed on it after vows have been taken.

Peter the Great intended Strelka to be the administrative and intellectual heart of his new city, explaining the lovely grounds and the Rostral Columns originally functioned as lighthouses. Apparently the columns are still fired up with gas flames during special occasions, but being White Nights I do not believe it ever got dark enough for them to give us the light show! A great place for repose if you have been stressed by downtown crowds during your visit to St. Petersburg
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Vance, fabulous review with nice photos of Strelka here.
Posted on: Feb 04, 2017

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