The siege of Leningrad, which lasted from September 8, 1941 to January 27, 1944, was one of the longest and bloodiest events of the Second World War. The authorities of Nazi Germany imposed a blockade on the city, depriving its residents of access to supplies, which led to a huge number of victims.
Many years later, St. Petersburg (then Leningrad) still retains evidence of the terrible history of the blockade. A tour in the footsteps of besieged Leningrad will allow you to get acquainted with this tragic chapter and pay due respect to the steadfastness of the Leningraders who did not surrender the city.
Museum of the Siege of Leningrad
Address: Solyanoy lane, 9
One of the main points of the tour is a visit to the Leningrad Blockade Museum. Here you can learn about the life of the city during the blockade, about the heroic defense and resilience of its inhabitants.
The museum presents unique exhibits, personal items of the blockade, photographs and documents that allow you to feel the tragedy of those events.
Address: 72 Nepokorennykh Ave.
This is the main memorial cemetery where many victims of the siege and defenders of Leningrad are buried. There is a museum here, all expositions in which are dedicated to the feat of people, including the diary of Tanya Savicheva. Also, an Eternal Flame burns on the territory of the cemetery, as a symbol that “No one is forgotten and nothing is forgotten.”
Tanya Savicheva 's House
Address: 2nd line of Vasilievsky Island, 13/6
“The Savichevs died.
Only Tanya was left.”
These terrible lines belong to 11-year-old Tanya Savicheva, who before the war lived with her large and friendly family in Leningrad, on Vasilievsky Island. However, the war and the blockade took the lives of all her loved ones. Tanya herself, unfortunately, did not live to see the victory. The girl's body could not cope with exhaustion and stress.
Monument to Olga Bergholz
Address: Elizarova Avenue, 25
The Soviet poet Olga Bergholz was another witness of the blockade and dedicated many of her works to these terrible events. During these tragic years, she worked on the radio and supported the spirit of resistance of the residents of the city. Years later, Olga Bergholz was named the voice of the blockade and a monument was erected to her 105th anniversary.
A tour in the footsteps of the Siege of Leningrad will allow you to learn about the tragic events of that time, honor the memory of the heroes and feel their feat. This is a unique opportunity to learn the history of the city, its population and understand how the blockade affected the lives and destinies of people.
Book a spacious room at the Teatralnaya Ploshchad Hotel, and then you will have the opportunity to walk around the historical districts of St. Petersburg more and study architecture and monuments of different eras. And if you want to know more about important chapters of the history of the northern capital, go to the news block on the Theatre Square Hotel website.