Strelka - Eastern Tip of Vasilevsky Island


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Bounded by arms of river Neva, Vasilevsky Island was designed by Peter the Great as a administrative and cultural centre of the city. Althouhg the most historical buildings are located on the other side of Bolshaya Neva, some important institutions, such as University or stock exchange were established on the island.

Nowadays, the very eastern tip of Vasilevsky Island is one of must-see places in Petersburg. It is called Strelka (little arrow), and offer beautiful view for a Peter and Paul Fortress on the north, and Winter Palace on South. Strelka houses Old Stock Exchange building from 1811, and two Rostral Columns, one of city's landmarks. Those columns are decorated with ships' prows, and a figural allegories of Russian rivers – Neva, Volga, Dnieper and Volkhov. The fires on the columns, created as a navigation beacons, are still lighted at special occasions. 
Unique summer attraction of Strelka is dancing fountain – amazing spectacle of music, colours and water.

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