9th Joint Meeting of
the European Software Engineering Conference and
the ACM SIGSOFT Symposium
on the Foundations of Software Engineering

Razumovsky Palace

The conference venue can a bit tricky to find. The entrance is not from the river, but from Kazanskaya street 3a. When heading from the Nevsky prospect, you pass one building on the right, then a little park, and then turn right just before the second building on the right, walking along a fence. For you convenience here is a map with a walking route from Petro Palace and Atlantic (from Petro Palace both green and blue routes work).

ESEC/FSE 2013 will take place in the magnificent Razumovsky palace on the banks of the Moika river, in the historical center of Saint Petersburg. The Razumovsky palace hosts Herzen Pedagogical University and has recently been entirely remodeled with the most modern conference facilities.

The Razumovsky palace is fraught with history. The estate of Cyrill Razumovsky, the first president of the Russian Academy of Science, was constructed in 1762 and has been a center of education ever since. The Razumovsky family has a long and distinguished history as part of Russian and Austrian nobility; for example Beethoven's famed Razumovsky quartets were the result of a commission by Count Andreas Razumovsky, the Russian ambassador to Vienna, in 1806.

Throughout the 19th century the Razumovsky palace hosted The Imperial Foundling House, which provided childcare and education to orphans, disabled children, and children of divorce. Students of the Foundling House became free citizens and were educated as private tutors and teachers. The initial list of subjects (French, mathematics, physics and philosophy) was extended over time. By 1903 the Foundling House developed into the first institute for the higher education of teachers: the Women's Pedagogical Institute.

The institute was later renamed after the great Russian thinker Alexander Herzen.

Nowadays, the State Russian Herzen Pedagogical University is one of the largest universities in Russia. The Razumovsky palace, its main building, is one of the architectural jewels of Saint Petersburg and retains many beautiful relics of its rich history.

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