The City Hall
This palace is known these days mostly for being the seat of the local Legislative Assembly. However, it is a fine palace, situated just across the square from the St Isaac's, with plenty of history behind it. Built for the Grand Duchess Maria, daughter of Emperor Nicholas I, in 1839-44, the palace still retains many of its original splendid interiors. In 1884 the Mariinsky Palace was bought by the government and became the seat of the State Council, the State Chancellor's office and the Committee of Ministers (later the Council of Ministers). Since 1945 the palace has belonged to the city council and local administration.
Mariinsky Opera and Ballet Theater
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