The German quarter on Nevsky Prospekt is an integral part of the historical center of the city that emerged almost after St. Petersburg was founded. However, to this day it has not lost its charm and cultural significance. Get to know the amazing world of German Petersburg – so special, diverse and fascinating as it is. Discover another important page in the history of the city.

Brief History of the German Quarter



In 1838 the construction of Petrikirche was completed. The building soon became an ornament and attraction of Nevsky Prospekt.



In 1937 the church was closed due to an order of the Soviet government, the last pastors of the community, Paul and Bruno Reichert were arrested and shot. The community of St. Peter for 50 years ceased to exist.



In 1963 work on the swimming pool in Petrikirche was started. The still existing frame nowadays serves as a visual reminder of the time when the church building was used for other purposes.



In 1993 the government returned the church building to the community. During the reconstruction, the pools frame was hidden under the floor of the church hall. In Petrikirche, divine services and organ concerts were resumed.

The building Petrikirche

Social life



In 2010 the German Lutheran community of St. Peter celebrated its 300th anniversary. Throughout its existence it was the largest Lutheran community of the city. The community has a long and established tradition of charitable and educational activities.



The administrative organ of the Evangelical Lutheran Church of Russia, the Archbishop’s office is also located in the Cathedral of the Holy Apostles Peter and Paul. On special church holidays the Archbishop holds divine church services in Petrikirche.



Built in 1762, the Petrischule building still retains its unique appearance with elements of the Petrine Baroque. Petrischule, a former parish school at the church of St. Peter is the oldest school in the city. Many Petrisschule graduates later became important figures of Russian culture. Today, Gymnasium No. 222 kept the tradition of teaching German language.