Wandering Camera

Album 277
(Translated b
y Grigoriy Gemerer)


We will end the summer series of albums with two collections devoted to the city center. The first album will include the Moyka, the Admiralty Embankment, and a bit of the spit of Vasil'evskii Island.


Let's start our excursion from Nevskii Prospect.

Here you can see the Green (National, Police) Bridge, along which the prospect passes.

On the left - the main "Bonch" building (Moyka Embankment, 61) - previously it was named LEIS, now SPBGUT - the Professor M.A. Bonch-Bruyevich Saint-Petersburg State University for Telecommunications.

We are going further along the Moyka - in the direction of St. Isaac's Square.

The yellow building (house 65) likewise contains a part of Bonch (Department of Economics and Management).

Here, at the intersection of the Moyka and Gorokh Street, there is a sewing factory(FOSP). In the Soviet period it was the location of the Volodarskii Industrial Sewing Association.

The building itself - formerly (until 1919) the "S. Esders and K. Scheyfals" Merchant House. It was built in 1906-1907 from a design by architects K. N. de Rochefort and V.A. Lipskii.
In the past it had a corner cupola, a modern design made of glass. This was torn down so it wouldn't spoil the view of the Admiralty tower.

As concerns the bridge, it is called "Red" (many bridges across the Moyka are named for colors).
There has been a bridge here since 1717, but the present appearance dates from 1808, when a cast-iron structure consisting of separate sections bolted together, designed by V. I. Geste, replaced a wooden bridge.
In 1953 cast-iron fabrications were replaced by steel, but the bridge's appearance was preserved.

Rather abruptly we cross over to the Admiralty Embankment. There's a terrible downpour.

In the foreground, cutters on underwater wings. I think they go to Peterhof from here (the second launch is located near the Winter Palace - the cutters there are of a different type).

In the background you can see the Lieutenant Schmidt Bridge.

The Bronze Horseman and the Senate and Synod building
As I have probably mentioned before, the statue, by the sculptor E. M.Falcone, was completed in 1782. Interestingly, the head was sculptured by his female pupil, M.A. Kollo. Actually, there are some doubts about this - the reasoning being that it's not possible stylistically and that Falcone may have pulled some strings on her behalf

Initially, of course, it wasn't referred to as "The Bronze Horseman." This name became popular after the appearance of the A. S. Pushkin (in 1833) poem of the same name.

Almost a silhouette..
Right after the torrent this person crawled out to roller blade. Doesn't care about his roller bearings, that's a fact :)
A little part of the gate railing in front of one of the Admiralty wings.
..yes, in front of this very wing.

The torrent has been temporarily replaced by the sun.

The Peter and Paul Fortress, view from afar.

About from the Bronze Horseman.

Palace Bridge
Peter and Paul Fortress, Palace Bridge and the floating restaurant "Kronverk".
A lion in front of the descent to the waterfront near the Palace Bridge.

Let's cross the bridge and go further.

The view on to the spit of Vasil'evskii Island. From left to right you can see: the left wing of the Admiralty, the Admiralty's central spire, the Rostral Column, St. Isaac's Cathedral, the Stock Exchange building, and another column :)
The Stock Exchange was recently restored.
Including the statues
And in the next album we'll see how the Peter and Paul Fortress looks under propitious illumination.

On a somewhat unrelated topic, I want to inform everyone that I've finished a major work "Echoconferences of the net FidoNet and their moderation". So, if you understand at least half of the words in its title - you should go here (in russian)



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