Circus on the Fontanka in St. Petersburg is the most famous circus in the city. You can find different variants of the name: The Circus on Fontanka River, The Bolshoi Saint-Petersburg State Circus, Ciniselli Circus. It is one of the oldest circuses in Russia. If you are not a fan of the circus art, nevertheless, it makes sense to see the show with your own eyes. The Circus is especially popular with children. Circus performance has one significant advantage: you do not need to know the language to enjoy the show.
Circus building is located in the city center, close to the Nevsky Prospekt, near the intersection of Engenernaya streets and Fontanka River. The distance from the circus to Nevsky Prospekt is 550 meters, to the Palace Square about 1.5 km, to the Russian Museum about 500 meters and to the metro station Gostiny Dvor about 700 meters. The Circus is located in a paid parking zone. (You may find it better to use public transport to get to the circus.)
Big St. Petersburg State Circus was opened on December 26, 1877. The circus was built at the initiative of the rider and horse trainer Gaetano Ciniselli. A large dome of the new building was a unique structure at that time (49,7m). In subsequent years, the building has repeatedly been subjected to restructuring and repair. Arena is located in the center of the hall. The diameter of the circus arena is 12.8 meters. The hall has about 5,000 seats for spectators. Chairs are arranged around the arena in the form of an amphitheater (16 rows of seats). The best places are located opposite the exit for artists. Here is located The royal box. The royal box has a private entrance, comfortable seating area, separate toilet and a better view of the arena.
Circus gives a colorful performances that will interest both children and adults. Photographing prohibited during performances, so there is no illustration on the site.
Address: St. Petersburg, Fontanka River, 3A.
The nearest metro station: Gostiny Dvor.
You can see the location of the Circus on St. Petersburg map.