New Holland Island Opens for the First Time in 300 years
Topic: St. Petersburg
View of New Holland Island in St. Petersburg. Development of the island will cost 12 billion rubles over the next 7 years. Note the 2 artists views of what the island will look like once the project is complete.
New Holland Island in St. Petersburg has opened to visitors for the first time in 300 years.
Visitors are welcome to a park for the rest of this summer offering exhibition space for modern-day painters, a playground, a café and the city’s first public vegetable garden.
Two key goals for the developers of the New Holland Island project are to restore and renovate the historic architectural ensemble on the island, as well as to create a unique mixed-use facility that will become a central part of the lives of city residents.
At estimated 12 billion rubles will be spent over the next 7 years that will include a collection of cultural spaces, theaters, exhibition halls, educational centers, and science labs, specializing in the advancement of information technologies. Alongside them would be a vital array of commercial infrastructure, from office space to residences, hotels and more.
A unique complex of architectural monuments was built on the island back in 1719, while in 1721, Peter the Great opened Russia’s first naval base there.
The island dates back to the birth of St. Petersburg itself and has been the domain of the military ever since it began to be developed. As a result, the island has been off limits to the general public for nearly 300 years.
© The Voice of Russia. 16 July, 2011