St. Petersburg's historic addresses. Part one


RTG TV host Evgenia Altfield put together her own original tour through the new-yet-old St. Petersburg, finding out what influence our modern lives have had on the city’s historic institutions.

In St. Petersburg there are many institutions which, after hundreds of years, are still working in their original field. Just as it did 200 years ago, the Literary Café on Nevsky Prospect continues to attract poetry lovers. At the beginning of the 19th century, this café was the well-known Wolf and Beranger Confectionery and a favourite place of great Russian poet Alexander Pushkin. It was at this very confectionary that Pushkin spent his final moments before his fatal duel with Georges-Charles de Heeckeren d'Anthès. The Eliseyev Emporium is another place with a long history and it continues to sell sweets and other exotic delicacies. You can still buy live leeches at Doctor Pel and Sons’ Chemist’s Shoppe and the doors of the luxurious Astoria Hotel, a historical place known for its many famous guests, are still open. It is now one of the most prestigious hotels in Russia. RTG TV host Evgenia Altfield put together her own original tour through the new-yet-old St. Petersburg, finding out what influence our modern lives have had on the city’s historic institutions.