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DK Eyewitness Top 10 Travel Guide: St Petersburg by DK Publishing

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Gostinyy Dvor

Dating from the earliest days of St Petersburg, this is the city’s undisputed commercial, social and cultural centre. The area sums up the paradoxical character of the “Venice of the North”, with modern shopping centres standing next to tsarist-era churches and restaurants housed in 18th-century Style-Moderne wonders. From the bustle of Nevskiy prospekt and the Soviet-era Ploshchad Vosstaniya, the vast square commemorating the stirrings of the 1917 Revolution, to the peace and quiet of the secluded Arts Square, Gostinyy Dvor is a microcosm of Russia today and a reminder of the city’s rich cultural heritage.

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