In this and in the next album we will have a look at few
edifices found along the "Podkaprisovaya" road, on the border between
Catherine and Alexander parks.
The Big Caprice (The Big Whim).
The Big Caprice has a smaller brother- The Little Caprice, but it
is in the end of the album.
Apparently the both bridges had got this name then Catherine signed
the extremely extravagant financial estimates for ensembles
construction. Allegedly she said: " So to be it, such is my little
On many occasions (by the witnesses
accounts) Empress use to tell her coachman to drive to "my caprice"
mining this place.
Architect V.Neelov and engineer
I.Gerrard designed and constructed both caprices in 1770-1774.
mane material for such mammoth-landscaping job was the ground dug out
from the ponds of Catherine Park; it is very tastefully incrusted with
Jus by The Big Caprice we can see an
example of romanticist architecture:
"The Chapel "designed by A.Menelase in 1825- 1828.
Accordingly to architectural fashion of the time it was built as an
"artificial ruin" of the "gothic" chapel. Needless to say the time did
some "extra work" on it since…
Now lets go back to the Caprice and under
on the left side we will find "The
Chinese village"(in the next album)
On the right side is -"The Squeaky
Its name came from very noisy weather
vane on top of it.
By other name it is "The Chinese Gazebo"…
it was designed by Y. Felten in 1778.
And built in 1778-1786 under supervision of I. Neelov.
The Gazebo placed perfectly between two
ponds and enjoys the never ending game of magical reflections…
A bit fever by the road to the Palace is
found "The Small Caprice" it is a lot less exiting then its big brother,
so lets go back to "The Chinese village"…