I think it is a good tradition to visit again and again the suburbs at
different seasons or to present them from other point of view. Today we will visit
Gatchina again but it will be other Gatchina. I was glad being invited by the management
of "Gatchina" SMR and I made several interesting shots inside the cathedral.
There is some chance for these photos to be not the last I make here.
So, the last winter album for this year...
On this picture you can see the cathedral
(the part of it, even) from the outside. The comments about the location that I used to
make this shot will be given below.
We are in. I should mention that Gatchina cathedral may be
called the castle. All these thick walls, peculiar corridors, towers cannot be called as
common for the cathedrals of St.Petersburg and its suburbs. Excluding maybe Mikhailovsky
One of the halls. Let's come closer to the table to see
what is behind the door.
The table is made of jasper.
The clock. One of the rosettes is absent and I had
recovered it in Photoshop :)
Very interesting combination of the sun rays and inner
lights. It seem like one statue on the left under the lighting appliance is missing.
Pretty strange figure on the ceiling. It seems like it is
looking directly at you :)
The maid is looking at her reflection in the mirror. Hmmm,
was the author thinking about such composition...
Another clock. I don't remember exactly but it has some
name, like "Teaching" or something. I hope I will be given with the correct name
It is interesting that many chandeliers and lightning
appliances were kept in their original construction despite to the replacement of the
candles to the electrical bulbs. For example, in the corridors the flame is being
"protected" from the wind with the glass. In many places above the bulbs are
made special things that prevent sooting of ceiling.
The gun exhibition.
The strange construction of the
handle is explained by the way of rifle holding. The shooter should clasp it to the neck
but not to the shoulder :)
Five-barrel rifle. It can make five shots per 90 seconds -
it is five times faster than in case of ordinary rifle. All five shots are made
simultaneously with corresponding recoil...
This item was made in China too but it is... alarm-clock.
I can't explain precisely how it works but the main idea is in the burning of the fuse and
dropping of the balls (not shown).
Spiral staircase in one of the towers of the
castle-cathedral where I was allowed to get in (as an exclusion).
This shot shows the real situation pretty good. I should
say that the staircase does not make the sense of the solid and reliable building,
especially on this height.
This is the sight from the tower (the location mentioned in
the very beginning).
The bells on the next (the same) tower ring each hour.
The park, islands, channels and lakes that are familiar to
us according to the 30th album.
Across the biggest of these lakes is made the pathway. Some people even ride the bicycles
there, I had seen this. But the front wheel was drowning often in the snow...
Two lakes do not freeze because of water springs and it is possible to see there about one
hundred of the fat and joyful ducks :)
And this is the full controversy - the underground passage
going to the coast of Serebryanoe lake. I should say was going because it is closed
nowadays and one can take a look through the crack in the door.
The length of the passage is about 100 meters. Its height
is decreasing when you approach to the end of the passage. People say that there live some
ghosts. Even it is known from which door do they appear (it is strange but I thought
before that ghosts do not use the doors). Anyway, I had no chance to witness this at the
time when I was there.
At the end I want to express my kind gratitude to the
employees of the museum and to Leonid Krasil'nikov, provided to him we became acquainted.
So, from left to right:
Natal'ya Evgen'evna Timokhina.
Thanks to them!
By the way, it is pretty convenient to go to Gatchina using "marshrutka" number
18 departing from subway station Moskovskaya (exit on the side of airport). The way takes
30-35 minutes and you arrive Baltiysky railway station (there are two of them in
Gatchina). It costs 10 rubles currently.