A tour guide told us flats built in the Stalin era are the most sought after in Sankt Peterburg (Leningrad), because they are large and well-built.
Here are a few more residential area pictures of post-Stalin, late-Soviet era flats.
The monument was built by order of the Empress Catherine the Great as a tribute to her famous predecessor on the Russian throne, Peter the Great. Being a German princess by birth, she was eager to establish a line of continuity with the earlier Russian monarchs. For that reason an inscription on the monument reads in Latin and Russian: Petro Primo Catarina Secunda - To Peter the First from Catherine the Second.
This equestrian statue of Peter the Great, created by the famous French sculptor Etienne Maurice Falconet, depicts the most prominent reformer of the Russia state as a Roman hero. He came to Russia especially for that purpose. It took him three years (1768-1770) to make the model of the equestrian statue. The head of Peter I was performed by Falconet's apprentice - Collot. The pedestal was performed after Felten's design.
The pedestal is made of a single piece of red granite molded into the shape of a cliff. We can see how the rider compresses the reins of the impetuous horse. From the top of this "cliff" Peter gallantly leads Russia forward, while his horse steps on a snake, snake is a symbol of envy and spite, represents the enemies of Peter and his reforms. Ironically, the "evil" snake serves as a third point of support for the statue. This monument personifies the growth of the power of Russia.
The gigantic piece of granite upon which the statue rests was a favorite of Peter the Great. Previously and was located on the shore of the Gulf of Finland, in the vicinity of the Lakhta village. Peter affectionately named it "Thunder-stone" and from it he used to observe the surroundings.
Fondest memory: It took nine months to deliver the enormous monolith weighting 1600 tons to the construction site. 400 people, using special devices, were first moving it by land, and further by water. Catherine II had it brought by barge to St.Petersburg specifically to serve as the base for this statue. Catherine herself came to inspect the stone and the transportation device several times.
Favorite thing: It is the real sphinx from Egypt. Russian queen Ekaterina II liked history very much. She commanded to collect art and historical things from all the world. There are two sphinxes from Egypt in the bound of University.
Favorite thing: There are many waterworks in Petergof (Petrodvorec). The biggest of them you can see in the photo. It is Samson riping lion's jaw. The waterwork connected with the Baltic Sea's Finland bay by stylish canal.
Favorite thing: The building of sankt Petersburg was start from Zayachy Island. There is the church of Peter and Pavel. There are all Russia's kings were buried. It is an orthodox church, but it's architecture style is like Romanism churches.
The shops in " Unvermag "
1 box only in this counter - when everything is sold, the shop is empty and waiting for the next box to arrive...
...maybe today, maybe tomorrow or next week - we will see...
This is one of the pics, I have taken inside the shop.
Of course I tried to make sure, nobody will see me taking that pic, otherwise I might have been in trouble
YHИBEPMAГ - shopping the old russian way
It was quite an experience, to do some shopping in Leningrad of 1985 in the big Russian Shopping-centre " Univermag " ( YHИBEPMAГ )
It was a big building with plenty of arcades, but most of the vitrines were simply EMPTY...
or they had just a very few goods on display
Favorite thing: Do not forget, that in 1985 everything looked much different. Never a single smiling person, - not in a shop, - not in a bus, -nowhere . As a russian once told us: ' there are not much reasons for a russian to smile ' - maybe that's why.(And for a sentence like this, said to the wrong person, he would have risked prison for some time ! )
Favorite thing: Smaller cruise ships, i.e. under about 40,000 tons, conveniently moor in the river that goes through the city centre.
Favorite thing: Along the city's main shopping & business street, Nevsky Prospect, are green areas with fountains etc..
Favorite thing: The Pribaltiyskaya Hotel is in a residential area: so if you stay there, it's easy to see some of the suburbs where the Russians live.
Favorite thing: This is the modern sphinx. It is in the coast of River Neva. In the opposite coast is famous prision 'Kresti" ("Croses") with very ineresting specific architecture.
Favorite thing: Sankt Petersburg is the city of sphinxes. This sphinx is Egyptian Bridge's part. The Egyptain Bridge spanning the River Fontanka.
Favorite thing: There is an antique theme in the bigest part of Petergof's waterworks. For example this waterwork "Adam".
Favorite thing: One of the popular architectural monument in Sankt Petersburg is the cathedral of Isaak. People can go overhead of the cathedral and enjoy the impressive view of the city.
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