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The longest symmetrical street in the world :)

Ulitsa Zodchego Rossi (Architect Rossi Street)

Ulitsa Zodchego Rossi was formerly known as Teatralnaya Ulitsa (Theatre Street), and runs from Ploshchad Ostrovskogo and the Alexandrinsky Theatre to Ploshchad Lomonosova, next to the Fontanka River. It received its current name in 1923, but whereas most of the topographical changes of the early Soviet period where purely propagandist, this had a more noble motive - to honor the designer of the street and much of the surrounding area, the great Italian architect and town planner Carlo Rossi, very probably the greatest architect ever to have worked in St. Petersburg. The street was designed by Rossi in the late 1820's and early 1830's. Ulitsa Zodchego Rossi and Ploschad Ostrovskogo (Ostrovsky Square) form a single harmonious ensemble built by the law of classical architectural proportions - "the Golden Ratio".

At the end of the 18th century, the grounds of the Vorontsov Mansion and the Anichkov Palace bordered each other here. In the first quarter of the 19th century, the decision was made to reconstruct this part of St. Petersburg. Carlo Rossi, who had by then completed the Mikhailovsky Palace and Ploshchad Iskusstv, began work on the project in 1827. It took five years to complete. For this project on Teatrlanaya Ulitsa, Rossi turned to ancient architectural proportions. The street comprises two identical three-story buildings, their length - 220 meters, height - 22 meters, and the width of the street - also 22 meters. It is thus the most balanced street in the world. The view down the street closes magnificently with the Aleksandrinsky Theater.

The building facades are modest in contrast to the magnificent theater. The buildings are decorated with white Doric half-columns located between large arched windows. The lower floors of the building are adorned with impressive arches.
Info from http://www.saint-petersburg.com/streets/zodchego-rossi-stree

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