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Today you can still feel the spirit of Dostoevsky's inspiration in the back streets and alleys near Sennaya Ploshcad.

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Sennaya Ploschad, short walk to Metro and all main attractions.
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Sennaya Ploschad today
Modern upscale district in historic setting

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On the Sennaya Ploschad. A summer day sees many people here by the five entrances to Sennaya, Spasskaya and Sadovaya Metro Stations. This major transportation hub serves 190,000 people daily. On the right is the glass Peace Obelisk, a sculpture donated to the city by France. photo David Owens

New Shopping Centers. The modern glass and steel shopping center PIK opened in 2004. At first with its 100-meter tall glass facade it seems out of place in the historic buildings, but its surface is like a mirror and reflects the architecture and sky around it. It is over 20,000 square meters. Nearby is the Sennaya Shopping Center with a modern interior nestled inside historic structures. Both are packed with upscale shops, restaurants, coffee shops, even a bowling alley, cinema and 24-hour food markets.

Winter Snow. Looking down at Sadovaya Street on a snowy day. It is estimated that 40,000 cars pass through the square daily. Quite a change form the days of Dostoevsky when all was a crowd of people, horses, carts and street vendors. Sennaya Ploschad still has a large produce market and a covered vendor area just off Mosckovsky that maintains the flavor of Sennaya Ploschad as the shopping heart of St. Petersburg.

Close to everything. The popularity of the area is largely becasue of its convenience. You are within 20 minutes of everything in the cetner of Saint Petersburg. The Mariinsky Theater is just a short walk down the canal Griboedova, Nevsky prospect a 10-minute walk on Sadovaya Street. Or along Kazanskaya to the Kazan Cathedral on Nevsky Prospect. Saint Isaac Cathedral is a few blocks north. The Hermitage and Neva River are five more minutes north. The Microbus to Pulkovov II Airport starts on the square. And of course, you are at the crossing of two of the main Metro lines, so you can get out of the center quickly to catch a train to Peterhof or Moscow.
Sennaya PIK Center
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photo David Owens

Sennaya sunrise
Sunrise. A peaceful morning in autumn. Even at this hour many services are open.
Grocery and drugstores are open 24-hours, And for homesick tourists with jetlag the McDonalds at the corner building is open almost 24- hours. photo David Owens

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