Center of the theater scene of Saint Petersburg, the origins of the largest drama theatre of Russian date back to the time of Elisabeth I in 1756.
Its contemporary classical style building was unveiled in 1832. The architect Carlo Rossi decorated the facade on Nevsky Prospect (Avenue) with a six columns portico. It is surmounted by an Apollo chariot.
It was called ”Alexandrinsky Theatre” in honor of Alexandra Feodorovna, wife of Nicolas I, emperor of the time. From 1920 to 1990 it was renamed ”A. Pushkin Russian National Academic Drama Theater”.