Trip to Russia. Trip to Mongolia. Trip to China.   Train. Train time table in Russian, Mongolian and Chinese cities. Train tickets. Train e-tickets in Russian domestic trains.   EnglishRussian

 Main page   About us   Contact    Terms & Conditions   On-line Payment  Site map

Museums of St. Petersburg. Museums. St. Petersburg. Saint Petersburg. Legend tour.

Museums of St. Petersburg. Museums. St. Petersburg. Saint Petersburg. Sights of Moscow. Excursions to St. Petersburg museums.



Smolny Cathedral and the Smolny Institute

The Smolny ensemble includes a number of structures put up at different times. This territory on the Neva bank, opposite the Nienschanz Fortress put up by the Swedes in the 17th century, was allotted for the tar-yard (Smolianoi dvor); tar was stored and smelted there for the needs of the Admiralty.

The name of Smolny (tar) was henceforth used for the territory, though the tar-works ceased to exist in the first half of the 18th century.

In the mid-18th century a construction of the Smolny ensemble was started on the site. The oldest are the buildings of the Voskresensky (Resurrection) Novodevichiy Convent, or the Smolny Convent, as it was known among the citizens. The second to be built was the Alexandrovsky Boarding School for Girls for educating girls from middle-class families. To the south of the Smolny Convent the Smolny Boarding School for Young Ladies of Noble Birth was erected in 1806 - 8; it was designed in Russian Empire style by D.Quarenghi.

In 1917 the Smolny Broading School became the revolutionary headquarters. It was here that Lenin resided during the upheaval. In its Hall of Acts (Aktovy zal) on 25 October, the All-Russian Congress of Soviets conferred power on a Bolshevik government led by Lenin, which ran the country from here until March 1918.


The cathedral is the center piece of a convent built mostly to Rastrelli's designs in 1748-57. His inspiration was to combine baroque details with the forest of towers and onion domes typical of an old Russian monastery. There's special genius in the proportions of the cathedral (it gives the impression of soaring upwards), to which the convent buildings are a perfect foil.

  • 137 Room, 3 Proletarskoy Diktatury Square (Ploschad)
  • Metro - Chernyshevskaya
  • Open Monday through Friday, from 11.00 am to 04.00 pm for tours only.
Aktovy zal


Tour to St.Petersburg

St.Petersburg excursion

About St.Petersburg

St.Petersburg history

Sights of St.Petersburg

Museum of St.Petersburg

St.Petersburg theatres


St.Petersburg suburbs

St.Petersburg pictures



- Historic heart

- Nevsky prospekt

- Between Nevsky and Neva

- Smolny region

- South and west of Nevsky Prospekt

- Vasilevsky island

- Petrograd side

- Viborg side


- Petrodvorets (Peterhof, Petergof)

- Pushkin (Tsarskoye Selo, Tsar Village)

- Pavlovsk

- Lomonosov (Oranienbaum)

- Gatchina


- Astoria Hotel 5*

- German Club Hotel 3*

- Moskva Hotel 3*

- Neptun Hotel 3*/ 4*

- Okhtinskaya Hotel 3*

- Pribaltiyskaya Hotel 4*

- Pulkovskaya Hotel 4*

- Prin Hotel 3*

- Rossia Hotel 3*

- Sovetskaya hotel 3*

- St. Petersburg Hotel 3*


Russia in numbers and facts


Religious creeds in Russia

Folk craft

Stereotypes and symbols of Russia


Trip to St. Petersburg 

Trip to Moscow 

Trip to Golden Ring


General information, route, train,
  schedulers, train tickets


Trip to Yekaterinburg

Trip to Novosibirsk

Trip to Altay

Trip to Krasnoyarsk

Trip to Tuva Republik

Trip to Lake Baikal and Irkutsk

Trip to Buryat Republik


Trip to Khabarovsky Kray

Trip to Vladivostok

Trip to Sakhalin islands

Trip to Kuril islands

Trip to Kamchatka


Accommodation booking

- Hotel
- Hostel
- Home stay

Ticket booking

- Air ticket
- Train ticket

Russia visa support service

Other services

- Guide service
- Transfer