Singer House of Books
St Petersburg Russia
|Not only is this building
remarkable in its architecture, but the contents, like a book within
a fine cover, are magnificent!
his is still the best bookshop in town and has a large English section as well. The comprehensive range of guides and maps beat any other tourist kiosk, or shop.
The next chapter opens and you have access to a range of quality souvenirs, including some rather unique replicas of the Imperial Crown and assorted Imperial medals and awards - see below.
The final, and most satisfying chapter is the the cafe located on the first floor. Whilst not the cheapest place in town, the quality and view makes this a 'must visit' and 'must have good seat' venue. The Mariinsky Tartlets are an ideal after theatre treat with coffee, or beer - this writer can attest to that!
The building was designed by
architect Pavel Suzor for the Russian branch of the Singer Sewing
Machine Company. The management of the Singer Company initially
intended to construct a skyscraper, similar to the Singer Building,
the company headquarters being built at that time in New York, but
the Saint Petersburg building code did not allow structures taller
than the Winter Palace, residence of the emperor. The architect
found an elegant solution to the 23.5 meter height limit: the
six-story Art Nouveau building is crowned with a glass tower, which
in turn is topped by a glass globe sculpture created by Estonian
artist Amandus Adamson. This tower creates the impression of a
substantial elevation, but is subtle enough not to overshadow either
the Kazan Cathedral or the Church of the Saviour on Spilled Blood.
|Ground floor book shop|
|1st floor cafe with views out to Kazan Cathedral|
As an alternative to the omnipresent Matriuska dolls why not indulge a few self appointed Imperial Awards
Or perhaps your own Czars crown! 550,000 roubles is expensive in any currency!!
Address: 28, Nevsky Prospekt