Wandering Camera

Album 157
(Translated b
y Alexander Shetsen)

For this album, I've assembled some evening photography I hadn't yet posted.
These's no single theme to these images, of course, but surely you don't want me just to throw them away? :)


In the Harbour district of Vassilievsky (Basil) Island stands the Marine Passenger Terminal.

Everyone will recognize the Winter Palace, the Admiralty, St. Isaac's Cathedral, and the Dvortsovy (Palace) Bridge.
Moving a bit to the left, we see an ice-hole in the river by the beach of the Peter and Paul Fortress. Our "seals" (or "polar bears") use it for recreational winter swimming. Given that even summertime swimming in the Neva is not recommended (the water's polluted), they're heroes almost beyond estimation.
Here's the spire of the Mikhailovsky Castle.
If we look from from the Panteleymonovsky (St. Panteleimon) Bridge, the Michailovsky Castle has the moon for its neighbour.
Let's transport ourselves to Moscow Prospect, or, more precisely, Lensoviet (Leningrad City Council) Street near the Moscovskaya subway station.

Here we find the Chesma Church. Strictly speaking, there's a graveyard nearby, as well as the Chesma Palace, several times reconstructed, but I couldn't find them in the darkness ;-)

From the other side, the church has a greater aura of mystery, and resembles a castle.

It was erected in 1777-1780 by the architect Georg Friedrich Veldten,
and commemorates the Russian naval victory in the Battle of Chesma Bight against Turkey in 1770. (There are many other monuments to this event, for example the
Chesma Obelisk in Gatchina and the Chesma Column in Pushkin).

The Greater Okhta (a.k.a. Peter the Great) Bridge.
And one of its two towers bordering the bascule drawn span.

These are rather curious constructions, but I keep forgetting to shoot them close up.

The seat of the Leningrad Regional government. Formerly the building housed the Regional Executive Committee.

By the way, here's a historical fact. During Sobchak's reign (we used to have such a Mayor, of liberal views, during perestroika and in the period that followed),

Leningrad was renamed to St. Petersburg. But Leningrad Region (or Province) remained as it had been - Leningrad Region. In any case, today there's a Governor of St. Petersburg, and a Governor of Leningrad Region. :)

The building is next to the Smolny Institute (which houses the city government), and was built in 1981 by the architects D.S. Goldgor, K.N. Emelyanov, and Yu.V. Sitnikov.

Great thanks to all the volunteers who created the English version of Wandering Camera, and especially Svetlana Guzeeva, who, by count of albums translated, has left everyone else in the dust :).



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