around half an hour (calm step, excluding visits to museums and institutions)
Sadovaya st., 62
The Kryukov canal was dug in 1719-1720 under the guidance of the builder Semyon Kryukov, in whose honor it got its name. Initially, the canal ran from the Neva to the Moika. In 1782-1787, it was extended further south to Fontanka, and the coast was dressed in granite. In those years, six almost identical bridges were thrown across the canal.
In the 1840s, during the construction of the Blagoveshchensk bridge across the Neva, a part of the canal that passed through the current Labor Square was enclosed in a pipe that has survived to this day.
On a walk along the entire Kryukov Canal, you will get acquainted with the most interesting bridges and architectural monuments, visit the Naval Museum and several art galleries and, finally, experience the magical power of Semenity, which fulfills the wishes of travelers.
The route begins at the Central Naval Museum, where more than 2000 ship models are assembled. The pride of the museum is the genuine boat of Peter I, the submarine built in 1881 and other rarities.
Leaving the museum on Labor Square, go along the embankment of the Kryukov Canal, leaving the island of New Holland on the right, and before traveling, take a look at the eponymous bar on the corner of the square and the Admiralty Canal embankment. This bar does not advertise itself, but it is one of the oldest in the city, the authentic atmosphere of non-paraded Petersburg has been preserved here. If this does not scare you, go to the bar and at a simple wooden table, drink a glass of beer with some simple food, admiring the models of sailboats and other marine attributes on the walls.
Cross the Moika along the Krasnoflotsky pedestrian bridge, admire the two neighboring bridges - Matveev and Kissel. After reading about these bridges in our mobile guide, you will learn many interesting facts about the history of these places.
Then you have to visit three galleries of modern art (all or one to choose from - decide for yourself). This museum and exhibition center "Petersburg Artist" - is the largest private collection of art in the city at the end of the 20th century, the North-Western branch of the State Center for Contemporary Art and, a little off, the Museum of Art of St. Petersburg of the XX-XXI centuries, the branch of the Manege.
You go to the Theater Square. On the right is the Mariinsky Theater, on the left is the building of the St. Petersburg Conservatory, built on the site of the Bolshoi (Stone) Theater. This theater was sung by Pushkin in the novel "Eugene Onegin" and played a fatal role in the life of two famous architects.
Go around the monument to Rimsky-Korsakov, and behind it you will see a small elegant house. This is ... a public toilet, built in 1907 according to the project of engineer Zazersky. In those days, even public “retradiators” in St. Petersburg were built in the Art Nouveau style!
If you are hungry, you can stop by for lunch at The Repa restaurant (it is literally saturated with theatrical atmosphere, but quite expensive) or at Romeo’s Italian restaurant, located on the other side of the Kryukov Canal.
At Kashin Bridge, admire the Atlanteans guarding the courtyard of the chic apartment building of the “ultramarine king” R.G. Vega.
The next point of your trip is St. Nicholas Cathedral, a striking monument of Elizabethan baroque in church architecture. This temple remained valid throughout the years of Soviet power, it did not even close during the blockade, and in 1966 Anna Akhmatova was buried here.
And now, in front of you is the Griboedov Canal and the famous 7 Bridges. Climb the Pikalov bridge and look around - you can see six bridges from here: Krasnogvardeisky, Novo-Nikolsky and Mogilevsky through the Griboedov Canal, Staro-Nikolsky, Smezhny and Kashin - through the Kryukov Canal. Make a wish by turning clockwise and counting bridges. “7 Brodges” has a special magical power on the 7th of any month at 7 pm!
You can also learn interesting facts about these bridges from our guide. For example, are you aware that the Novo-Nikolsky bridge collapsed just before the opening and cost its creator a house arrest?
The final point of the route is the updated Nikolsky Market. In the XIX century, there was the Gluttonous Row, and today - a hotel, a souvenir shop and the first Hard Rock Cafe (TM) in our city. At the table of this famous institution, cafe, eating American ribs for beer and classic rock and roll, you will end your journey.