Nevsky Prospekt, or the Nevsky Avenue, is the main street in the city of St Petersburg. Planned by Peter the Great as beginning the road to Novgorod and Moscow. The feverish life of the avenue was described by Nikolai Gogol in his story "The Nevsky Prospekt".
During the early Soviet years (1918–44) it was known as the Avenue of the 25th of October, alluding to the day of the October Revolution. The Nevsky today functions as the main thoroughfare in St Petersburg. The majority of the city's shopping and nightlife, as well as the most expensive apartments, are located on or right off of the Nevsky Prospekt.