A — 2: showing the original width of the avenue
B — 5: connecting these two important structures with
C — 3: which was not as straight as it was planned
D — 6: and a few rows of trees were planted along the street
E — 7: as the 40 largest banks of Russia, Europe and America
F — 1: and hotels there or nearby the avenue
Nevsky Prospect is the main and most famous street of St. Petersburg. The unique architectural ensemble of Nevsky Prospect was formed during the 18th – early 20th centuries. It starts from the bank of the Neva River, runs through the centre of the city and ends at the Neva River. The whole history of St. Petersburg can be seen in the history of the avenue. The length of Nevsky Prospect is 4.5 km, the width is 25-60 m. The narrowest section is located from the Admiralty to the Moika River, __showing the original width of the avenue__.
After the construction of the Admiralty in 1704 and the Alexander Nevsky Monastery in 1710, it was decided to build a road __connecting these two important structures with__ each other and with the Novgorod Path, which was used by Russian merchants. The construction began on both sides at the same time, the roads were laid through the wood, and in 1760s they were connected into one road, __which was not as straight as it was planned__, but with a turn at the Vosstaniya Square. Nevsky Prospect got its name only in 1783. The road was paved with cobble stones, __and a few rows of trees were planted along the street__. It was the first street in St. Petersburg with gas lighting. By the early 20th century Nevsky Prospect had become the financial centre of Russia __as the 40 largest banks of Russia, Europe and America__ had their offices there.
Nowadays, Nevsky Prospect is the centre of cultural and social life of St. Petersburg. There are museums, theatres, exhibition halls, cinemas, restaurants, cafés, shops __and hotels there or nearby the avenue__.