There are often places not mentioned in the touristic guides that keep the history and soul of a city as much as the big museums. Sennaya square is definitely one of them. It is also one of the most walked-through points of Saint Petersburg—three metro lines intersect here, something that makes the square a daily part of half of the inhabitants. And, while usually I just pass under it almost daily, sometimes I go up to the surface just to enjoy the “real” Saint Petersburg.
Here there are no palaces, no canals and no bridges, and even if is possible to find all those elements nearby, the square has an ambience of a place that plays by its own rules. The old market that gave the name to this area still exists, nowadays hidden in a yard, where fresh products from the countryside enter the city. In summer as well as winter, this place will always be full of scents, color and sounds.
Recently, the street food restaurants and some other stores that were part of the street market on the square were demolished, and for a while it felt like the place was ridiculously open, but almost immediately it was once again occupied with the daily running of the Peterburgers.