Russian-French conference Versailles- Saint-Petersburg: from new
cities to the cities of Classicism
The reports of the participants of the conference touched upon a wide
range of scientific and artistic problems: Western concepts of city-building
and projects of Russian architects, philosophic ideas of the Enlightment
and development of European cities. A significant place among the topics
of Russian scientists occupied the comparison of history and architecture
of two cities - Versailles and Saint-Petersburg as well as the problem
of influence of the French architectural thought on the development of
Russian architecture seen through the examples of the Summer Gardens in
Saint-Petersburg and of Strelna and Peterhof in the suburbs of the city.
Some reports dealt with archive and archeological sources which helped
widen the knowledge of the architecture of France and Russia.
View of the Spit of Vasilievsky Island
Plan of Versailles