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St. Petersburg Parks: the Field of Mars
October 27, 2019 17:29


The Field of Mars is located in the historical centre of St. Petersburg, close to such famous sights as the Russian Museum and the Cathedral of the Resurrection of Christ on the Blood, better known as the Church of the Savior on Spilled Blood. 

Unlike its Parisian namesake located at the foot of the Eiffel Tower, the size of the Field of Mars in St. Petersburg is much more modest, but its territory landscaping is not inferior to its French counterpart. The Field of Mars park complex is a cozy green area, perfect for a relaxing break, jogging and active games in the open. Here you can sit on the grass or on benches under the trees, read a book or chat with friends, play badminton or throw frisbee.

Exciting flash mobs are often held on the Field of Mars; everyone can join them: launch Chinese sky lanterns together with several hundred citizens and tourists at the same time and enjoy the incredible beauty of this sight. A memorial complex of historical value is situated in the centre of the field.

The Eternal Flame was lit here in 1957; it was the first monument of this kind in the USSR. During the time its existence, the Field of Mars has changed several names. Thus, in the time of Peter the Great, this place was known as the Poteshnoye (“Amusement”) Field – due to the festivities held there pretty often. In the time of Catherine II, the territory was called Tsaritsyn Lug (“The Empress’s Meadow”), because her palace were located not far away; then in XIX century it was renamed after Mars - in honor of the ancient Roman god of war.

Address: Lebyazhey Kanavki Embankment, St. Petersburg. How to get there: the nearest metro stations are Nevsky Prospekt and Gostiny Dvor. Operating mode: around the clock. Entrance fee: free admission.


Author: Anna Dorozhkina

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