New Holland Island

The visitors on the New Holland Island in Saint Petersburg.

The island was created in 1720 and belonged to the Russian Admiralty, which would adapt the plot for its various needs. After the Russian Revolution the buildings of New Holland Island fell into neglect. 

In 2004, the Ministry of Defense evacuated the buildings, which were to be refurbished for hotels and clubs to a design by Norman Foster, until the consortium running the project ran into difficulties. A new project is now underway, under the control of Roman Abramovich.

Photo by RIA Novosti / Alexey Danichev

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