Wandering Camera

Album 178
(Translated b
y Andrei Frizyuk)


For the last Spring album I suggest visiting Pushkin (formerly known as Tsarskoe Selo) and taking a stroll through Feodorovsky town and its close neighbourhood. We had a glance at some of the buildings a long time ago. Today we're going to take a closer look.


Barracks of the Infantry Escort regiment were built in 1895-96.

The architect was Vladimir N. Maximov.

Igor Krestovsky designed this monument to Vasiliy Vasilievich Dokuchaev (1846-1903), founder of the soil science.

The former barracks (behind) are currently occupied by the Agricultural Institute.

This and other structures in the album belong to the neo-medieval trend in architecture. In other words, these are early-20th century imitations of ancient Russian buildings.

In my personal opinion, any attempts to imitate culture of the long-gone times bear witness to the lack of national fulcrum in the present.

Certainly this doesn't mean that such structures are necessarily bad.

This panoramic view represents the barracks inner court.
The n-shaped building is far from being built along a single line (as it may appear in the photo).
That's what the turrets are topped with.
Exterior view of the longest barracks wall.
Feodorovsky sobor, or the Cathedral of Our Lady of St Theodore.

Its location was personally chosen by Nicholas II.

The cathedral consists of two diverse levels dedicated to different saints. The higher temple is for feast celebrations, whereas the lower temple is for everyday worship.

Designed by Vladimir Pokrovsky, the cathedral was constructed in 1909-12 to commemorate the tercentenary of the Romanov dynasty.

Some say the edifice is patterned after the Annuniciation Cathedral of the Moscow Kremlin (i.e., the Romanovs' family church).

The cathedral was to be frequented by members of the Romanov family, as well as infantry regiment soldiers stationed in Tsarskoe Selo.

The eastern (or czar's) porch.

The cathedral was closed from 1934 to 1991.

I guess this fresco depicts Christ holding the gospel in his hands. The design is allegedly patterned after the Lord Almighty type of icons.
The other side of the pond is dominated by Feodorovsky (St.Theodore) town.
Its name is derived from the ancient icon "Our Lady of St Theodore" in whose honour the cathedral was dedicated. This icon has been regarded as the holy protectress of the Romanov dynasty.

On the left are parsonage houses. On the right is the Dining chamber. They are connected through a passage above the gates.

The town was intended to house the cathedral clergy and staff. In the process of construction some precincts were assigned to house a museum of old Russian art.

Building activity was over by 1914.

The architect Krichinsky took as his model the 17th-century Kolomenskoe palace near Moscow.
They didn't have time to open a museum. With the outbreak of the World War, the largest of 50 municipal hospitals was allocated here.
The carving is remarkably geometric.
The gates to the left of parsonage houses.
During the construction works some 100 cedars were planted along the pond's shore. Either they haven't survived, or I don't know how cedars are looking :)

The town was ruined during the World War II.

Today Feodorovsky town is returned to the church. For example, the interior yard is closed so that I had to take the photo through the railings. If I understand correctly, this yard is assigned to some cloister.
You may see an entrance to this yard on the right side of the photo.

I want to make it clear that the following albums will also concern Tsarskoe Selo.



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