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History and shopping under one roof! This monumental project took 28 years to build and is a must for shopping in Saint Petersburg.

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Gostiny Dvor

Iconic shopping centre.

Standing outside this building, you won't believe you are in front of a shopping centre (the most famous and historic in the whole city). This impressive yellow-coloured complex looks more like a museum or a symbolic building than a shopping centre. As well as being one of the largest and oldest shopping centres in the city, it was also one of the first in the world with arcades. Inside, you'll find over 100 shops that are perfect for buying gifts, treats or simply taking a look around. Interestingly, this shopping centre, which took 28 years to build, has its very own metro station with the same name. Designed in a neoclassical style by Jean-Baptiste Vallin de la Mothe, it was commissioned by Empresses Elizabeth and finished in 1785.



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