Wandering Camera

Album 239
(Translated by
Lilya Sultanova)


We'll continue a walk over Rzevka-Porohoviye..


Alexandrovskiye Gates are located near the dam that was mentioned in the previous album.

If you look at the photo, the road that you see on the foreground is the Khimikov Street. Okhta is behind the gates. The dam is on the left, about 10-15 minutes walk away.

Far back, the gates were wooden and served as an entrance to the territory of the gunpowder mill. There used to be a special striking the beginning of work above the gates.

A little later, the gates were rebuilt for the meeting of Alexander I.
The architect who did the reconstruction was F.I. Demertsev. He also supervise the reconstruction of the gunpowder mill after one of the explosions.

Let's walk further on, to the Big Ilyinsky Bridge over the river Okhta.
The river Okhta.

The view from the bridge..

There is a picturesque wooden house not far from the bridge. It is now a shop that sells wood boards, beams and the like.
The church of Elijah the Prophet is nearby.

The first chapel was built in 1717, two years after the construction of the gunpowder mill.

The first wooden church was built in 1721, another one - on the stone foundation - was built in 1742-1743.

The rotunda that you can see on the background was constructed in 1781-1785 after the project of I.E. Starov.

Another church was built nearby in 1805. It was designed by F.I. Demertsev - you can see it on the foreground.

Both of the earlier churches were united into one in 1841.

Some slight additions to the construction were made in 1901-1902.

The church was closed down in 1938.

The church was on fire in 1974; it was undergoing major repairs from 1983 and was given back to the Russian Orthodox Church in 1988.

There is a wooden cross near the church (I haven't taken a picture of it.)
It is funny that the plate with the description of the cross is attached to it so close to the ground that one, wishing to read what's written on it, is forced to bow towards the church.:)

As I was told, the small triangle covered with grass in front of the church is, possibly, what is left from the very first common cemetery in St. Petersburg. They used to bury the workers of the gunpowder mill on it. The church is also situated on the territory that was formerly used for the cemetery.

Let us now look at another landmark situated not far from the Okhta river, but in a different place (Irinovsky Prospect, 9.)

It is the estate of the Bezobrazovs (Donaurov's estate) aka the Zhernovka Estate, named after the Okhta's tributary.
There used to be a park around the estate that unfortunately has not survived until nowadays, only a few trees remain now.

The estate was built in 1780-1790.

The architect of the estate is admittedly J. Quarengui, later changes in the architecture were designed by Yu. M. Felten.

The estate (it was not within the borders of the city then) changed its owners many times. Apart from the house and the park, the estate had various household buildings, stone gates, and a pier.

The tests of artillery novelties of General Bezobrazov and the products of the Okhta gunpowder mill were carried out here in the end of the 19th century - there was a special testing ground nearby. The Bezobrazovs were the last owners of the estate, that is why it is still carries their name.

After the revolution, in 1922 the building was partly repaired - a keeper was appointed, the floors were changed, several hundreds of glass windows were installed - and later was used as a club by the workers' trade unions of two factories.
The estate was used for a cowshed and a veterinary hospital of a livestock farm in 1928.

The galleries over the second storey were built in 1930-1950.

The estate was then used as the dormitory for the workers of the Okhta timber mill.

Everything that was left of the original estate was given for use by the Leningrad Branch of the Special Production Technology Bureau ORGPRIMTVERDOSPLAV in 1973.
The later annexes to the building were destroyed in 1975, the original constructions and interiors were restored, where possible..
The landscape around - power transmission lines and new buildings.

I think we will be gradually finishing with winter here.



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