My paper focuses on the comparison of descriptio urbis in «Medniy vsadnik» by A.S. Pushkin and «Slovo blagodarstvennoe na osvyashchenii Akademii
hudozhestv» by M.V. Lomonosov (1764, published 1871) – an oratorical speech in which specifically Petersburg topics was formed. Such comparison seems to
be relevant because, when analyzing the connections of «Medniy vsadnik» with 18th century Russian literature, scholars usually limit them to poetric tradition
leaving aside the tradition of oratorical prose. The analysis revealed a special rhetorical framework which allows us to see the dialogue between Pushkin and
18th century Russian panegyric literature.