Nekrasova st., 52
20 min (calm pace, excluding visits to establishments)
Ligovsky pr., 30А
This small route, which we called the “Bazar-station”, really runs from the bazaar (Maltsevsky market) to the Moscow station.
How is it interesting? For example, the fact that two hundred years ago there were pools where the Ligovsky Canal flowed into, delivering water to the center of St. Petersburg from the League river (now Duderhof). And the fact that in the middle of the 18th century an elephant was taken along this street - and not one!
And this is partly a literary route: it will repeatedly mention the names of writers and quotes from their works.
The route begins at the Maltsevsky market, whose old building was erected in 1914 according to the design of Vasily Veys, and the new one, built in 1960, is not interesting in architectural terms. Unless, if you decide to start the trip with shopping: here you can buy not only products, but also things - for example, felt boots or a knitted shawl (probably similar to the shawl that was presented to one blind man from the story of “Falling Out Old Women” by Daniil Harms in the Maltsev market) .
Opposite the market, Ligovka departs from Nekrasov Street, and here you will see two interesting houses. On one corner is a three-story red business center, where F.F. Bychkova - Ya.G. Gurevich: Nikolai Gumilev studied in it and taught Innokenty Annensky. And on the other corner is a red-brick Neo-Gothic building, where there was a women's hospital and an orphanage of the Evangelical Society, and today - the Research Institute of Phthisiopulmonology.
A little further down Nekrasov Street, on the corner of Grechesky Prospekt, stands a huge building in the Northern Art Nouveau style with unique Assyrian bas-reliefs. The House of the Basin Partnership, built in 1909, occupied an entire quarter and was equipped with the latest technology at that time - with elevators on the front and back stairs, central heating and hot water supply, centralized ventilation and a dust suction station. Nikolai Gumilyov was here too - visiting Irina Odoevtseva, who lived in this house.
Take a breath on a bench in the garden of Prudki, say hello to the monuments to the poet Nikolai Nekrasov and the first ruler of independent Greece, Ioannis Kapodistrias.
Once there was a Greek church, built in 1865 and giving the name to Greek Avenue. In 1962, it was demolished and the Big Concert Hall "October" was built in its place. Recall the poem of Joseph Brodsky “Stop in the desert”:
“Now there are so few Greeks in Leningrad,
that we broke the Greek church
in order to build in free space
It's time to make a halt. Cross the Ligovsky Prospekt and visit the Tween Piks bar, named after the cult film David Lynch, on the corner of Kovensky Lane. Here you can have a simple snack or buy a takeaway bottle of craft beer. But remember: owls are not what they seem!
The next institution, where not only beer is poured, but also stronger drinks, is located nearby, on Ulyana Gromova Street. You can come here, especially if your condition corresponds to the name of this shotshop - "Not in one eye."
On the other side, there are two noteworthy buildings worth looking at: the Prince of Oldenburg Hospital - the first children's hospital in St. Petersburg, today it bears the name of its founder, Dr. K.A. Rauchfus. Following is the impressive building of the Oktyabrskaya Hotel ...
... Remember we mentioned elephants? So, this was happening here. In the years 1744-1778 at the site of the hotel was a menagerie - the Elephant Yard. The animals were kept in huge sheds made of oak logs. The people could see elephants when they were taken to a watering hole to the Elephant Pond (pool), located on the site of the current hospital in the name of Rauchfus.
Take a peek into the well-yard between houses 37 and 39. See bright graffiti? This is a famous courtyard: rap battles, hip-hop festivals and other events for fans of rap, break, DJing, beatmaking, graffiti are regularly held here.
You go to the area of the Rebellion. On the right is the station of the first metro line in Leningrad with the same name, in the center of the square there is a magnificent obelisk to the Hero City of Leningrad, and on the other side, Moskovsky Station. From here, on November 1, 1851, the first train departed from Petersburg to Moscow.
Here, in theory, is the final point of your journey. But you can continue it with a shopping session at the Gallery Mall, and in the end, dine at the Bolshaya Kukhnya restaurant on the roof of the Gallery, from where you can see the surroundings that you just walked around.