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The Alexandrinsky Theater was founded in 1756 by a Senate decree signed by Elizabeth of Russia to play Fonvizin, Racine, Moliere, Beaumarchais, Voltaire, and Derzhavin. The date of the opening of the theater – 30th August 1756 – is supposed to be the birthday of the Russian theater as an art.
Since 1832, the theater has occupied an Empire-style building that Carlo Rossi designed. It was built in 1828-1832 on Alexandrinsky Square, which is situated on Nevsky Prospect, the main avenue of St. Petersburg.
The theater was named in honour of the wife of Nicholas I – Alexandra Fyodorovna. The facade of the building turned into one of the most popular emblems of Saint-Petersburg.
On the attic stands the famous quadriga of Apollo.

The building is part of the UNESCO World Heritage Site Historic Center of Saint Petersburg.

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  • Copyright: Jenna Estelle (EstelleJ) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 53 W: 0 N: 119] (921)
  • Genre: Places
  • Medium: Color
  • Date Taken: 2009-07-00
  • Categories: Architecture
  • Exposure: f/3.0, 1/320 seconds
  • Photo Version: Original Version
  • Date Submitted: 2013-03-14 9:25
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