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Nevsky Prospect, or the Neva Avenue (Russian: Невский проспект), is the main thoroughfare in the city of St Petersburg. Planned by Peter the Great as beginning the road to Moscow, the avenue runs from the Admiralty to the Moscow Railway Station and, after making a turn, to the Alexandro-Nevsky Lavra. The chief sights include Rastrelliesque Stroganov Palace, huge neoclassical Kazan Cathedral , the Art Nouveau Bookhouse, Merchants' Court, the monument to Catherine the Great, the Russian National Library , and the Anichkov Bridge with its horse statues. The feverish life of the avenue was described by Gogol in his story The Nevsky Prospect. During the early Soviet years it was known as the Avenue of the Twenty-Fifth of October.
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