The events of the Second Eurasian Women’s Forum will take place on 19–21 September 2018 at several major congress and cultural venues in the historical centre of St. Petersburg. 

Tavricheskiy Palace

Address: 47, Shpalernaya ulitsa, St. Petersburg, Russia

Main events of the Forum business programme will take place in the Tavricheskiy Palace.


The Tavricheskiy Palace is an outstanding monument of St. Petersburg architecture, garden and park art, history and culture. Some of the best architects, painters, decorators, gardeners, sculptors and portrait artists from the 18th through the first half of the 19th century contributed to its creation and transformation. Located in St. Petersburg’s historic centre, the palace stands next to the Tavricheskiy Garden – one of the city’s most beautiful. 

History overview

1783: construction starts on a structure known as the “Cavalry House” intended as a country residence for Empress Catherine II’s aide Grigory Potemkin-Tavrichesky.

1789: construction completed.

1792: one year after Grigory Potemkin’s death, Catherine II renames his former residence the Tavricheskiy Palace and the Crown repossesses it, together with the adjoining garden, to settle the late Count’s debts.

1791–1796: the Tavricheskiy Palace is remodelled and its garden expanded. The Tavricheskiy Palace becomes one of Empress Catherine II’s favourite residences.

1799: Emperor Pavel I orders the palace to be converted into a barracks. Within days, the palace was ravaged and its gallery turned into stables and a horse-riding hall.

1802: Emperor Alexander I orders the barracks to be removed and the palace interior restored. Following the restoration, the palace obtained the status of an inter-seasonal imperial residence and was used by the royal family to stage various celebrations and to host ranking guests and ambassadors.

1899–1905: the Tavricheskiy Palace becomes famous above all as a venue for major all-Russia and international fairs of the time, as well as for important public events. It also hosted the Alexander Pushkin centennial celebrations in 1899.

1905: Emperor Nicholas II makes the Tavricheskiy Palace the home of Russia’s first parliament – the State Duma.

1917: following the 1917 February Revolution, the palace accommodated the Provisional Government and various political organizations.

1918–1991: throughout the Soviet era, the Tavricheskiy Palace was home to a number of higher educational institutions, hosted gala receptions and welcomed official delegations. 


Modern times

Since 1991, the Tavricheskiy Palace has housed the headquarters of the Inter-Parliamentary Assembly of the Commonwealth of Independent States (CIS).

The Tavricheskiy Palace offers an ideal blend of an advanced technology platform for MPs to work at and a splendid historic interior. The palace features all the rooms and halls required for holding business programme events and for comfortable accommodation of Second Eurasian Women’s Forum participants. 

Parliamentary Centre

Address: 53, Shpalernaya ulitsa, St. Petersburg, Russia 


Located just 675 metres from the Tavricheskiy Palace, the Parliamentary Centre will also host some of the business programme events. The Centre’s modern, multi-functional halls are ready to welcome the Forum guests.

The Parliamentary Centre is a gift from the Government of Russia to the Inter-Parliamentary Assembly of the Commonwealth of Independent States. The around 10,000 square metre building on Shpalernaya Street opened on 3 April 3 2008 after being renovated.

In addition to some CIS Inter-Parliamentary Assembly services, the Parliamentary Centre also hosts the Centre for Settlement of Economic Disputes among the CIS States. 

The Universe of Water’ Museum Complex

Address: 53, Shpalernaya ulitsa, St. Petersburg, Russia

Individual events of the Second Eurasian Women’s Forum programme will be held at ‘The Universe of Water’ Museum Complex at the site of the St. Petersburg Vodokanal Information and Educational Centre located opposite Tavricheskiy Palace.


Today, the museum complex comprises three expositions: “The Water World of St. Petersburg” (the historical exhibition inside the Water Tower), “The Underground World of St. Petersburg” (the multimedia exhibition in the left annex to the Water Tower) and “The Universe of Water” (the multimedia exhibition in the former clean water reservoir of the Main Water Treatment Plant).

The Water Tower, which marked the beginning of the centralized water supply in St. Petersburg, was built in the middle of 19th century. In the beginning of the 21st century, St. Petersburg Vodokanal implemented capital reconstruction of this grand facility. The goal of reconstruction was to preserve the tower as an architectural monument while simultaneously making the museum as dynamic and modern as possible, rethink the space of the old industrial building, and give it new functions.

The underground reservoir for storing clean water, where the multimedia exhibition ‘The Universe of Water” opened in 2008 is situated, was built in the second half of 1880s. It consists of a large hall with low vaults supported by several dozen granite columns and gives off the impression of a unique kind of labyrinth where visitors to the museum are able to meet a new exhibit at every turn.

Tel.: +7 (812) 438 4375, +7 (812) 275 4325, +7 (812) 438 4301


Manege Central Exhibition Hall

Address: 1, St. Isaac’s Square (Isaakievskaya Ploshchad), St. Petersburg, Russia


Designed by Giacomo Quarenghi and constructed in 1804–1807, the Manege is an important landmark in St. Petersburg. It was originally intended for summer and winter training, and was used as a riding hall by the Imperial Horse Guards.

In 1977, the Manege was converted into an exhibition centre. During that time, major work was done on restoring the building’s facade to Quarenghi’s original design.

Today, the Manege Central Exhibition Hall is a major art space in the centre of the city. It not only hosts exhibitions, but also lectures, master classes, seminars on art and culture, film screenings, and concerts.

The open discussion will take place at the same time the venue is hosting an exhibition entitled ‘Preserved for Eternity: A Century of Grand Residences as Museums’, dedicated to the 100-year anniversary of the conversion of former imperial residences in Gatchina, Pavlovsk, Peterhof, and Tsarskoye Selo into museums.

Tel.: +7 (812) 326 6778, +7 (812) 326 6939


The open discussion ‘Women in Culture: Traditions and Innovations’ will take place at the Manege Central Exhibition Hall, located opposite St. Isaac’s Cathedral.

Date: 20 September 2018

Time: 15:30 – 17:30

Moderator: Alla Manilova, Deputy Minister of Culture of the Russian Federation

If you intend to participate in the open discussion, please contact:

— Konstantin Pshenko

Tel.: +7 (812) 326 6778, email:

— Tatyana Selyakova

Tel.: +7 (812) 326 6939, email:

The open discussion ‘Women in Culture: Traditions and Innovations’

Mariinsky Theatre, New Stage

Address: 34, ulitsa Dekabristov, St. Petersburg, Russia


The New Stage of Mariinsky Theatre (Mariinsky 2) is yet another venue ready to welcome the Forum participants. Located in the historic city centre, the building fits in harmoniously with its architectural surroundings and astonishes with its sheer size and capacity: its hall can seat up to 2,000.

During its more than two-century history, the Mariinsky has given the world many a great artist. It was there that Feodor Chaliapin honed his skills and Mathilde Kschessinska, Anna Pavlova, Galina Ulanova and Mikhail Baryshnikov graced the ballet scene. Today, the stage hosts the city’s best ballet performances, in addition to various festivals and concerts.

Alongside the historic Mariinsky Theatre building dating back to 1860 and the Concert Hall built in 2006, Mariinsky 2 has become part of a theatre and concert complex that is unique in its creative and educational potential.

The New Stage of the Mariinsky Theatre has ranked first among St. Petersburg theatres in accessibility for disabled persons. It is equipped with a convenient entrance, wheelchair ramps and lifts.


For participants with limited mobility

Participants with limited mobility will find it easy to move around all of the venues where Second Eurasian Women’s Forum events are to be held.

If you need assistance with navigating the Second Eurasian Women’s Forum venue, please fill out an appropriate application in the personal web office no later than three days before your arrival.