An island in the city of St Petersburg, bordered by the Bolshaya Neva and Malaya Neva Rivers (in the delta of the Neva River) in the south and northeast, and by the Gulf of Finland in the west. The Smolenka River separates Vasilyevsky Island from Dekabristov Island. Together they form Vasileostrovsky Raion, an administrative division of the Federal City of St Petersburg. Situated just across the river from the Winter Palace, it constitutes a large portion of the city’s historic centre. Two of the most famous St Petersburg bridges, Palace Bridge and Blagoveshchensky Bridge, connect it with the mainland to the south. The Exchange Bridge and Tuchkov Bridge across the Malaya Neva connect it with Petrogradsky Island.