Historical center of Saint Petersburg at 2019 winter. Part 1.
Saint Petersburg at winter time is not tourist attraction. Snow,
icy sidewalks these could be plain dangerous. But imperial architecture
is at place. Buildings are painted in cheerful colors. Rare visitors
have all attention from accommodation industry. It is contradictory
time of city already forgetting of serendipity of short summer
and finding fun celebrating long winter holidays.
The expression “old new year” is the typical Russian oxymoron
that presents 2 weeks rift between general accepted calendar
and orthodox one. So there are two sort of legitimate New Years.
In typical Russian attitude toward good staff instead choosing
correct date for New Year happiness Russian decide not to and rejoice both.
Night time decoration of main street of the Saint Petersburg, Nevsky Prospect.
Peter and Paul fortress at night.
Fleet Headquarter building at night.
In the celebration of 75 anniversary of end of Leningrad (name
of Saint Petersburg during communists reign. Nevertheless it
was the same proud city that was never occupied. Never ever.)
Siege the tank was brought to the Palace Square.
Even under lot of snow Winter Palace is marvelous building.
Winter Palace is paired with Alexander Column as it was planned
from the beginning. Not really the victory over Napoleon brought
the Column to the main square of the city.
There is angel with Alexander the First face at the top of Alexander Column.
The entrance into Peter and Paul Fortress.
Peter and Paul Cathedral in the center of the same name fortress.
View from the ground to the top.
There is angel at the very top of Peter and Paul
Peter and Paul fortress has a popular beach in the very center
of historical Saint Petersburg. At winter it is almost empty
The one of the four horse tamers at the Anichkov Bridge where
Nevsky Prospect crossing Fontanka river.
Naval headquarters building is the crossing point of all main
streets on historical center of Saint Petersburg
A golden Korablik above Admiralty building is one of the symbols
of the Saint Petersburg.
A Smolny Cathedral has complicated history but marvelous architecture
as most landmark building of the Saint Petersburg.
The sculpture of the founder of the city Peter the Great in front
of Saint Isaac Cathedral. The Bronze Horseman is other name of the statue.
The arch of general headquarters of Russian Army at Palace Square
is the other major landmark of The Saint Petersburg.
The Saint Isaac Cathedral is enormous but so skillfully incorporated
in the ensemble of the historical center of the Saint Petersburg
that looks like proportional part of one big quarter that is the city center.
Rostral Columns park at the Strelka of Vasilievsky Island is
other landmark and popular place for celebrating wedding for
pairs especially at summer time. At least I visit it when married.
Mar. 8, 2019; 11:13 EST