In the last album we wandered near the Volodarsky Bridge.
Today we shall walk a little further - down the Ivanovskaya Street, toward
the Moskovskaya metro. We shall cover Glory Avenue slightly.
Ivanovskaya Street begins almost from the bridge, with
two identical post-Stalin houses constructed in1960.
On the right..
.. and on the left
The beginning of the street is built
interestingly. All the houses are from Stalin’s times, but they don’t
look like Moscovsky Avenue. It makes an absolutely different impression.
To tell the truth, as I was prompted, there are two similar houses of
the same architect’s at a corner of Blagodatnaya Street and the
Building of the street was conducted by
E.A.Levinson, I.I.Fomin and S.I.Evdokimov project before WWII (before
These columns are especially expressive.
Reflection in a shop-window.
The signboard has remained since Soviet
I would say that the general feature of
all these buildings is a prevalence of vertical elements.
It is necessary to note, that these houses were severely criticized
because the columns and loggias shadow the windows, causing the interior
to be dark.
As to the street’s name "Ivanovskaya" it
has been known as such since 1896 but why it was named so, it is not
One version is that it was named after the local land owner.
Further down the street there are more
recent panel houses (122 and 123 blocks on sides of the street).
They are interesting because they are the first typical panel houses
in Leningrad. The apartments there are still full-sized. The height of
the ceiling is 3 meters, and the kitchens are large.
Later "khrushevkas" (houses of Khrushchev’s era), are well known for
their low ceilings and absolutely small apartments.
These were built in 1956-1959 by
Local living creature.
It is interesting, from whence we have exactly such striped cats
here? (Ed. During the blockade of the city in WWII all animals and birds
were, out of necessity, consumed).
Stories go that supposedly, in the end or
after blockade [of Leningrad (SPb) in Second World War], the cats were
brought here from Yaroslavl in convoy. However it is no more than
legend, in my opinion.
Further along, the huge viaduct spans railway
tracks and a highway.
The viaduct was opened for traffic in 1974. At that time, it was the
longest in the USSR.
There are quite good views from it.
The lake is called "Belevsky Kariyer" as the district around was
called "Belevskoye pole (field)” (Belevsky Avenue is near now).
This lake has two names; other name of this lake is "Ivanovsky Kariyer".
The viaduct is decorated with two
obelisks on the sides of a road.
One is devoted to the Patriotic War of
Another - is less obvious.
Figures "1901" relate to the so-called “Obukhovskaya Oborona (defence)”
- the armed strike on Obukhovsky factory. There is also Obuhovskaya
1905 – is a date of the first Russian revolution.
Further the viaduct passes directly above
tracks, near Sankt-Peterburg-Sortirovochnaja-Moskovskaya station.
On the lateral tracks it is possible to
see a couple of steam locomotives.
This is - "P-36" ("Pobeda (Victory)") the last passenger steam
locomotive issued in the USSR (production ceased 1956).
And this as I was informed by readers, is
the freight steam locomotive of the "SO" series ("Sergo Ordzhonikidze").
It was made at the Bryansk factory from 1936 onwards. Such steam
locomotive (maybe the same?) carried the Soviet delegation to the
Potsdam conference. Comrade Stalin’s train consisted of armoured cars
and was too heavy for a common locomotive.
With fresh paint, I shall
suppose, that both steam locomotives are the future exhibits of the
museum at the Varshavsky station.
This is a special diesel locomotive for
service of a tracks.
Levers in a picture are going upwards -
downwards. Hammering and compacting gravel under sleepers is carried out
Here the viaduct comes to an end, and the
Glory Avenue begins.
This area is more modern. The houses pictured were built in the end of
1960, and the beginning 1970.
Semi dismantled paramilitary equipment is
parked at the end of a viaduct.
These three houses were constructed in
the first half 1980, approximately.
We will continue walking in these places
but at another time. It’s too far and difficult for me to reach there :)