Wandering Camera

Album 236
(Translated b
y Polina Korchagina)


 If you like only magnificent buildings you can leave out this album. I'm going to talk about a very specific area - Vesely Poselok (the Merry Settlement*) :)


The first interesting building is well known for St. Petersburg citizens "Ice Palace" (Ice Arena). It is situated near the metro "prospect Bol'shivikov". It was built in 2000 by A.V. Bokov, S. Kil'piya. H. Laitila, S. I. Sokolov, Kh. Tinkanen. In the same year the World Hockey Championship took place in the Ice Arena.

The project doesn't look unique. It has a lot in common with the Hartwall Areena in Helsinki. Probably, it's just a standard construction.

Moreover I was told that there had to be a turret above, but it wasn't built. And indeed the Arena looks like it needed a turret.

 Federal mass media have repeated a thousand times that this project cost lots of money and was used by the governor to win the elections. I don't really care about the reason of building the Ice Palace, but what else to expect from a governor when only huge project can catch people's attention?

If the same money were spent on maintenance of roads or building, nobody would write about it. And even if people noticed it they'd forget about it in a month.

The origin of the name, "Vesely Poselok" is vague. There's a legend that Peter the I banished habitual drunkards there. :)

Another legend says that it was an ironic name of this area when it was the workers' outskirt until 1917. (And it can turn into one again with the way the center develops)
In this picture you can see the Ice Arena surroundings (The Ice Arena is a hundred meters to the left).

The bridge is the bridge over Okkervil' River.

It took me 30 min through the rather wild area (I should have taken a bus) to get to the next place - Kinovievskoe cemetery.

I couldn't pass by this impressive snow-removing car.

Kinovievskoe cemetery looks rather modern but it's pretty old. It was opened in 1848 and was attached to the monk's dormitory ("kinovii")
At first peasants, people from Malaya Ohta, Bolshaya Ohta and merchants were buried there. In 1928 and 1964 the territory of Kinovievskoe cemetery was widened and now it's a 14,2 hectares area.
In 1941-44 the citizens who died during the Blockade were buried there.

I found 2 monuments from those times.


Kazachenko Ivan Vasil'evich
Gnatchenko Mikhail Vasil'evich

private first class (lance-corporals):
Bukharova Nina Fedorovna
Konstantinova Galina Ivanovna
Maiorova Ol'ga Mikhailovna

private soldiers:
Bessonova Faina Aleksandrovna
Alekseeva Nina Dmitrievna
Lebedeva Galina Geladievna
Mokrova Anna Pavlovna
Savchenko Ekaterina Emel'yanova
Smirnova Ol'ga Mikhailovna
Sapinkina Lidiya Ivanovna
Fedorova Maria Alekseevna
Shanina Zoya Ivanovna"

There's a domeless church near the cemetery.
I guess it's their temporary substitution.

A yellow Honda suits the place :)
The church was built in 1864-1868 by Karpov.
(The table says: "Kinovii complex, the church of the Holy Trinity, Cheremenetsky monastery"*)
The church faces the Oktyabr'skaya quay - the longest Neva quay.

In this area it is built up with old buildings. The one in the picture is of the end of the 19th century. I think that it's one of the Kinovii buildings.

The Kinovii buildings were built in 1840s by Gemelian and Brandt.

This one is probably a house-commune of 1920s.
These banks of Neva don't look so festive as in the center. I guess it's because of the lack of the authorities' time and money. Moreover there aren't any tourists or people walking along the quay, only ones who work or live here.
It's hard to get on the other side of the river because the nearest bridge is the Finnish railway bridge. But it doesn't have a path for people. Or it does?

 * Translator's comments



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