Vosstaniya (Uprising) square is the point where St. Petersburg begins for people who come here from Moscow as Moskovsky railway station faces the square and the monument on it.
For me it always was the sign telling me that I’m in St. Petersburg: step out of the train, walk through the railway station hall (which is similar to the Leningradskiy one in Moscow. The main distinction is Peter the Great’s bust in St. Pete in the centre of the hall – and Lenin’s monument in Moscow), go out to the fresh air and see “the inkpot” (as locals call it), Nevsky avenue and Hero city obelisk. “Now I have arrived”, I say to myself as I gaze at the inkpot.
But once before, when there was no inkpot, there was a church. See the old Znamenskaya church pictures in the Wikipedia article. As you maybe already know, it fascinates me how Soviet architects used churches to build something “more useful” instead (check the Postal Workers’ Club article). This time (in 1940) they blasted the church “to clean the surface of the square”.
The inkpot metro station was opened together with the first St. Petersburg red metro line in 1955, ten years after the Great Patriotic War (World War II they call it in other countries) had ended and it was the time of showing off the beauty, the richness and the power of the USSR. So inside it’s precious and cosy. Go check it out!