Cultural Institutions

Ciniselli Circus
Gaetano Ciniselli, a native of Milan and one of the most famous circus performers of his day in Europe, first came to St. Petersburg in 1845 as part...
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Bolshoi Drama Theatre named after G. A. Tovstonogov (The Tovstonogov Theatre)
The Tovstonogov Theatre was founded in 1918 as the Special Drama Company. Maria Andreeva, Maxim Gorky and Alexander Blok took direct part in its...
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Academy of Arts Building
On the suggestion of Count Ivan Shuvalov, Empress Elizabeth issued an imperial decree for the foundation in St. Petersburg of an "academy of the three...
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