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St. Petersburg, Singer House

Работа ученицы 8 класса
Гимназии №628
Никул Екатерины
Учитель - Смирнова И. Н.

St. Petersburg is a city of magic beauty sung by poets and painted by artists, a city of marvelous “white nights”, a city of broad and straight avenues, amazing parks and countless bridges and canals.
There are more than one hundred museums and permanent exhibitions.
The most attractive sights for tourists are the Peter and Paul Fortress, the Winter Palace and Palace Square, the Russian Museum, the Admiralty, the Mikhailovsky Castle (Engineer’s Castle), The Kazan Cathedral, St Isaac’s Cathedral, The Church of the Savior on the Spilt Blood, Singer House, Nevsky Prospect, the main street on Saint-Petersburg, the Field of Mars and Decembrists’ Square, “The Bronze Horseman”… The list can be endless. Singer House is one of the most recognizable symbols of the city. The building was designed by architect Pavel Suzor for the Russian branch of the Singer Sewing Machine Company. At first, Singer Company had ambitions to construct a skyscraper, similar to the Singer Building in New York. However, the building code of Saint-Petersburg centre did not allow structures taller than the Winter Palace. Pavel Suzor found an elegant solution - the building featured a tower on the top crowned with a glass globe which makes an impression of high rise, but due to its lightness, it doesn't shadow neither the Church of the Savior on the Spilt Blood nor the Kazan Cathedral.
In 1919 the building was given to the Petrograd State Publishing House. It became the city largest book store and earned the nickname of "House of Books". Nowadays this edifice is one of the most popular sights for taking photos.


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