Vitebsky Train Station Saint Petersburg

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Vitebsky Train Station – Trains & deco

Have you ever read Anna Karenina? Or maybe just saw one of the many film versions it has? Since Lev Tolstoy is one of the best known Russian writers, it’s not hard to find many of his works in different languages. That’s why when I was a kid at school, thousand of kilometers away from Russia, my literature teacher made me read Anna Karenina. Honestly, at that moment, it meant little to me, but once I moved to Saint Petersburg, I had the feeling that part of my new home was already described in that book–and especially the train station.

Vitebsky train station is not only a gift for architecture lovers, with is unique art nouveau style, quite rare in Saint Petersburg and Russia in general, but also for seekers of history. And that’s why I can pass an hour or two just wandering inside, taking pics of some wooden, glass or metallic details of the station, while thinking that, in this very place, almost a century and a half ago, the first train of the Russian empire, now with a replica in the exhibition, began running.

And also because some time later, in one of those trains, the tragic encounter of two fictional character took place in Tolstoy’s book. Sitting near the platforms, I like to imagine Anna and Bronsky among the passengers reaching the city, beginning their story, which we all know how it finishes…

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Vitebsky railway station, Saint Petersburg

Opening Times

24 hours daily


Last Changed Date: 2016-05-19 11:45:13 +0200 (Thu, 19 May 2016)