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
If we look from from the Panteleymonovsky
(St. Panteleimon) Bridge, the Michailovsky Castle has the moon for its
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
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
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
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 :).