Eliseyev Grocery Store

This grocery store is among the picturesque buildings of the former Russian capital city. It was built by the Eliseyev borthers who already owned a shop in Moscow. Its construction (1902-1903) was supervised by architect Gavriil Baranovsky. He created a building in Art Deco style. The facade on Nevsky Avenue is decorated with a very high stain-glass window. The allegorical statues of Industry, Trade, Art and Science reinforce the luxurious aspect of the building. The interior is also lavishly decorated: the three halls where products are sold have many mirrors as well as bronze luminaries . The second floor of the building used to host a bank. A hall was also rented to a theater company for a while. In Soviet times, the store was recalled ”Gastronomy n°1” but the locals kept calling it ”Eliseyev Grocery Store”. Today the luxurious alimentary products store has recovered its former fame. It now also hosts the Nikolay Akimov Theater.
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