Consulate-General of Denmark in Saint Petersburg

The Consulate-General of Denmark in Saint Petersburg is the diplomatic mission of Denmark in Saint Petersburg, Russian Federation. It is located at 13 Bolshaya Alleya (Russian: Большая аллея, 13) on Kamenny Island in Saint Petersburg.[1]

Consulate-General of Denmark in Saint Petersburg
Королевское Генеральное Консульство Дании в Санкт-Петербурге
Danske Generalkonsulat i Sankt Petersborg
LocationSaint Petersburg
Address13 Bolshaya Alleya
Coordinates59°58′44.601″N 30°17′1.4964″E

On 6 October 1903, the land on which the consulate-general is situated was leased for 90 years to the Swiss tailor Edward Follenweider, who was the couturier to the Imperial Russian court and its royal guard. The house was designed in 1904 by the architect Roman Meltzer, who was one of the interior designers of the Winter and Alexander Palaces in Saint Petersburg,[2] and was built in 1906[3] at a cost of 212,000 roubles.[4]

After the October Revolution in 1917, Kamenny Island was renamed Workers' Island (Russian: остров Трудящихся) and the dachas were used by decree of Vladimir Lenin as rest homes, sanitoriums and housing for the homeless. Follenweider's Mansion, also known to locals as the Gingerbread House or Fairytale House,[3] was handed over to the Leningrad Administration of Trade Unions and was transformed into a sanitorium for the treatment of diseases of the gastrointestinal tract.[2]

In November 1992 the house was granted to the Royal Danish Government to house their consulate-general in Saint Petersburg.[2]

See also


  1. "About Us". Ministry of Foreign Affairs (Denmark). Archived from the original on 2008-04-25. Retrieved 2008-06-25.
  2. "The history of the Consulate General building". DipInfo News Agency. Retrieved 2008-08-11.
  3. "Private Palaces and Mansions". Saint Petersburg City Administration. Retrieved 2008-08-11.
  4. "History of the Consulate General". Consulate-General of Denmark in Saint Petersburg. Archived from the original on July 19, 2007. Retrieved 2008-08-11.
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