A lot of New Year preparation events have been taking place in the city now. The ceremonial opening after the restoration of big St. Petersburg state circus took place during the 4th St. Petersburg International Cultural Forum. The Minister of Culture of the Russian Federation Vladimir Medinsky and the authorities of the city were present including the governor of Saint-Petersburg Georgy Poltavchenko.
Our well-known in the country circus got its historical appearance and also its original name. Now we are going to call it Ciniselli’s Circus again after the founder of the circus, the well-known Italian actor Gaetano Ciniselli. Everyone in the city knows that the circus on Fontanka is an integral part of the city and the country culture.
Originally, the building of the circus was specially made for the first Russian permanent circus. A lot of new architectural elements and modern technologies were used for the first time in Russia during the circus construction process. Also, the first and the biggest Museum of Circus Art was open here.
The building of Chinizelli’s circus is the part of the federal property and the cultural heritage of the country. The restoration began in July, 2014 and finished in November, 2015. Within this period of time they have strengthened the bases, walls and a bricklaying of the circus arches. Also all facades of the building and the dome of the building were restored. They renewed historical interiors, sculptures and a décor of the Imperial Box, the painting on the auditorium barrier was recreated, the repair of engineering networks was made, chairs and a covering of the arena were replaced.
Welcome to Chinizelli’s Circus in Saint-Petersburg!0