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Architecture + Books = A St. Petersburg Classic

This jewel of a building brightens up the corner of Nevsky Prospekt and Griboedov Canal as it has since it was built by the Singer Sewing Machine Company in 1902. At that time, the company was going through great expansion, providing their useful sewing machines to new markets throughout the world, and this building reflects their wealth and confidence.

The large ground floor windows, elegant allegorical sculptures and gilt decorations make it a classic of its time. Don't neglect to go inside, however. The Singer Building is home to Dom Knigi ("House of the Book"), St. Petersburg's most popular bookstore for more than 80 years. Their collection of books published in Russia is extensive, of course, but they also have sections devoted to other languages, including English, French and German. A number of English-speaking clerks in the store can help you find what you're looking for.

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