Event venues

The events of the 137th Inter-Parliamentary Union Assembly will take place from 14–18 October 2017 at several major congress and cultural venues all around St Petersburg.


Tavricheskiy Palace

Address: 47, Shpalernaya Street, St Petersburg, Russia

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The Tavricheskiy Palace is an outstanding monument of St Petersburg's 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 sites.

Historical overview

1783: Building started on what was then known as “Cavalry House”, it was originally intended as a country residence for Empress Catherine II’s aide, Grigory Potemkin-Tavrichesky.

1789: Building completed.

1792: One year after Grigory Potemkin’s death, Catherine II renames the latter's former residence Tavricheskiy Palace, and the royal family repossessed it, together with the adjoining garden, to settle the late count’s debts.

1791–1796: Tavricheskiy Palace was remodelled and its garden expanded. Tavricheskiy Palace became one of Empress Catherine II’s favourite residences.

1799: Emperor Pavel I ordered the palace to be converted into barracks. Days later, the palace was ransacked and its gallery was turned into stables and a horse-riding enclosure.

1802: Emperor Alexander I ordered the barracks to be removed and the palace interior to be restored. Following the restoration, the palace became an inter-seasonal imperial residence and was used by the royal family for various celebrations and for hosting ranking guests and ambassadors.

1899–1905: The Palace became 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 I made the Palace the home of Russia’s first parliament, the State Duma.

1917: Following the 1917 February Revolution, the Palace housed 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, a venue for gala receptions and entertaining official delegations.


Modern times

Since 1991, the Tavricheskiy Palace has been the headquarters of the Interparliamentary Assembly of member nations of the Commonwealth of Independent States (IPA CIS).

The Tavricheskiy Palace offers an ideal blend of an advanced technology platform for MPs to work as well as a splendid historic interior. The Palace has all the facilities required for holding business events and offers comfortable accommodation for Inter-Parliamentary Union Assembly participants.


Parliamentary Centre


Address: 53, Shpalernaya Street, St Petersburg, Russia

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Located just a short distance away from the Tavricheskiy Palace, the Parliamentary Centre will also host some of the business events. The Centre’s modern, multi-functional rooms are ready for use by the Assembly guests.

The 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 2008 after renovation.

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


ExpoForum Convention and Exhibition Centre

Address: 64/1, Peterburgskoye Shosse, St Petersburg, Russia

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As part of the opening ceremony, all Inter-Parliamentary Union Assembly participants are invited to visit Expoforum, Europe’s most advanced convention and exhibition centre. The complex was built in accordance with the Global Association of the Exhibition Industry (UFI) standards. Expoforum is within a 30 to 60-minute drive from the city centre, depending on traffic. Expoforum is located very close to Pulkovo International Airport and offers easy access to the city’s transport hubs.

The ExpoForum Convention and Exhibition Centre is close to St Petersburg’s cultural and historic landmarks. Catherine Palace (in Tsarskoe Selo) and Pavlovsk Palace (in Pavlovsk), each complete with a park and a garden, are just a short distance away. Peterhof State Museum Preserve (in Peterhof) and Konstantinovsky Palace (in Strelna) are both within a half hour’s drive from Expoforum.

Large parking lots offer participants easy access to the event venue.


Mariinsky Theatre, New Stage

Valentin Baranovsky © State Academic Mariinsky Theatre

Address: 34, Dekabristov Street, St Petersburg, Russia

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The New Stage of Mariinsky Theatre (Mariinsky 2) is yet another venue ready to welcome Inter-Parliamentary Union Assembly participants. Located in the historic city centre, the building is in harmony with its architectural surroundings and astonishes by its sheer size and capacity. It can seat up to 2,000 guests.

During its more than two-hundred year 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 theatre hosts the city’s best ballet performances, in addition to various festivals and concerts.

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


For mobility-challenged participants

Mobility-challenged participants will have easy access to all of the venues where Inter-Parliamentary Union Assembly events are to be held.

The New Stage of the Mariinsky Theatre has ranked first in St Petersburg in access for disabled persons to theatres. It is equipped with a convenient entrance, wheelchair ramps and lifts. The entire area of the ExpoForum Convention and Exhibition Centre also features ramps, lifts and restrooms for the disabled. Creating a barrier-free environment is an important element of the preparations for and conduct of the 137th Inter-Parliamentary Union Assembly events.