Saturday 22 February 2020

Historic Centre of Saint Petersburg and Related Groups of Monuments

St Petersburg is in my top 5 of "must visit" cities, but I think if one day I get the chance to go there I won't need to buy postcards! :D
However, I don't mind to receive more postcards from this wonderful place! They are all great!

Angel on the Spire of Saints Peter and Paul Cathedral
and Saint Isaac's Cathedral
This postcard was sent by Anna

The 'Venice of the North', with its numerous canals and more than 400 bridges, is the result of a vast urban project begun in 1703 under Peter the Great. Later known as Leningrad (in the former USSR), the city is closely associated with the October Revolution. Its architectural heritage reconciles the very different Baroque and pure neoclassical styles, as can be seen in the Admiralty, the Winter Palace, the Marble Palace and the Hermitage. - in:

Church of the Savior on Spilled Blood
This postcard was sent by my good friend Carolina who went to St Petersburg to see a football match between FC Zenit and Benfica

The Church of the Savior on Spilled Blood (RussianЦерковь Спаса на Крови, Tserkovʹ Spasa na Krovi) is one of the main sights of St. PetersburgRussia.
This Church was built on the site where Emperor Alexander II was fatally wounded in March 1881.The church was built from 1883 till 1907. The construction was funded by the imperial family. - in: wikipedia

Church of the Savior on Spilled Blood (interior)

This postcard is an official sent by Valery

Architecturally, the Cathedral differs from St. Petersburg's other structures. The city's architecture is predominantly Baroque and Neoclassical, but the Savior on Blood harks back to medieval Russian architecture in the spirit of romantic nationalism. It intentionally resembles the 17th-century Yaroslavl churches and the celebrated St. Basil's Cathedral in Moscow. - in: wikipedia

Peter and Paul Fortress

This postcard is an official sent by Valentine

The Peter and Paul Fortress (RussianПетропа́вловская кре́пость, Petropavlovskaya Krepost) is the original citadel of St. PetersburgRussia, founded by Peter the Great in 1703 and built to Domenico Trezzini's designs from 1706-1740. In the early 20th century, it was still used as a prison by the tsarist government.
Today it has been adapted as the central and most important part of the State Museum of Saint Petersburg History. The museum has gradually become virtually the sole owner of the fortress building, except the structure occupied by the Saint Petersburg Mint. - in: wikipedia

Palace Bridge
This postcard is an official sent by Ivan

Palace Bridge (RussianДворцо́вый мост, Dvortsoviy Most) is a road traffic and foot bascule bridge spanning the Neva River in Saint Petersburg between Palace Square and Vasilievsky Island. Like every other Neva bridge (except for Big Obukhovsky Bridge), it is drawn by night, making foot travel between various parts of the city virtually impossible. It was built by the French firm Société de Construction des Batignolles.

Palace Bridge
This postcard was sent by Lera

The total length of Palace Bridge is 260.1 metres, width is 27.8 metres. It is actually composed of five spans, the southernmost joining Palace Embankment between Winter Palace and Admiralty and leading to Palace Square. - in: wikipedia

Lion Statue near the Admiralty Building
This postcard was sent by Anna

The Admiralty building is the former headquarters of the Admiralty Board and the Imperial Russian Navy in St. PetersburgRussia and the current headquarters of the Russian Navy.
The edifice was re-built in the nineteenth century to support the Tsar's maritime ambitions. The original design was a fortified shipyard which was later surrounded by five bastions and further protected by a moat. - in: wikipedia

Monument to Nicholas I
This postcard was sent by Marina

The Monument to Nicholas I is a bronze equestrian monument of Nicholas I of Russia on St Isaac's Square (in front of Saint Isaac's Cathedral) in Saint PetersburgRussia. Unveiled on July 7th  1859, the six-meter statue was a technical wonder of its time. - in: wikipedia

Nicholas I (6 July [O.S. 25 June] 1796 – 2 March 1855) was the Emperor of Russia from 1825 until 1855. He was also the King of Poland and Grand Duke of Finland. - in: wikipedia

The Bronze Horseman (Monument to Peter the Great)

This postcard is an official sent by Nicolay

The Bronze Horseman (RussianМедный всадник, literally "copper horseman") is an equestrian statue of Peter the Great in Saint Petersburg, Russia. Commissioned by Catherine the Great, it was created by the French sculptor Étienne Maurice Falconet. The name comes from an 1833 poem of the same the name by Aleksander Pushkin, which is widely considered one of the most significant works of Russian literature. The statue is now one of the symbols of Saint Petersburg. - in: wikipedia

Peter the GreatPeter I or Peter Alexeyevich ( 9 June 1672 – 8 February 1725) ruled the Tsardom of Russia and later the Russian Empire from 7 May 1682 until his death, jointly ruling before 1696 with his half-brother. - in: wikipedia

St Isaac's Cathedral
This postcard is an official sent by Nadezhda

Saint Isaac's Cathedral or Isaakievskiy Sobor (RussianИсаа́киевский Собо́р) in Saint PetersburgRussia is the largest Russian Orthodox cathedral (sobor) in the city. It is the largest orthodox basilica and the fourth largest cathedral in the world.[citation needed] It is dedicated to Saint Isaac of Dalmatia, a patron saint of Peter the Great, who had been born on the feast day of that saint. 
The church on St Isaac's Square was ordered by Tsar Alexander I, to replace an earlier Rinaldiesque structure, and was the fourth consecutive church standing at this place. - in: wikipedia

Cathedral of the Kazan Icon of the Mother of God

Kazan Cathedral or Kazanskiy Kafedralniy Sobor (RussianКаза́нский кафедра́льный собо́р), also known as the Cathedral of Our Lady of Kazan, is a cathedral of the Russian Orthodox Church on the Nevsky Prospekt in Saint Petersburg. It is dedicated to Our Lady of Kazan, one of the most venerated icons in Russia.

Cathedral of the Kazan

Construction of the cathedral started in 1801 and continued for ten years under the supervision of Alexander Sergeyevich Stroganov. Upon its completion in 1811, the new temple replaced the Church of Nativity of the Theotokos, which was disassembled when the Kazan Cathedral was consecrated.. - in: wikipedia

View of the Neva from the Winter Palace

The Neva is a river in northwestern Russia flowing from Lake Ladoga through the western part ofLeningrad Oblast (historical region of Ingria) to the Neva Bay of the Gulf of Finland. Despite its modest length of 74 kilometres (46 mi), it is the third largest river in Europe in terms of average discharge (after the Volga and the Danube).
The Neva is the only river flowing from Lake Ladoga. It flows through the city of Saint Petersburg, three smaller towns of ShlisselburgKirovsk and Otradnoye, and dozens of settlements. - in: wikipedia

Scarlet Sails
This postcard is an official sent by Natalya

The Scarlet Sails (RussianАлые паруса) is a celebration in St. PetersburgRussia, the most massive and famous public event during the White Nights Festival. The tradition is highly popular for its spectacular fireworks, numerous music concerts, and a massive water show. 
This tradition began after the end of World War II, when several Leningrad schools united to celebrate the end of the school year in connection with the symbolism of the popular 1922 children's book Scarlet Sails by Alexander Grin. During the first celebration, a boat with scarlet sails sailed along the English Embankment and the Admiralty Embankment towards the Winter Palace- in: wikipedia 

St Nicholas Cathedral

St. Nicholas Naval Cathedral is a major Baroque Orthodox cathedral in the western part of Central Saint Petersburg. It has always been closely associated with the Russian Navy, serving as its main shrine until the Russian Revolution.
St. Nicholas Cathedral is a major example of the so-called Elizabethan or Rastrellieqsque Baroque. It has the shape of a cross and is decorated by Corinthian columnsstucco architraves, a wide entablement and is crowned by five gilded domes. - in: wikipedia

The Fountains of Peterhof

The Peterhof Palace is a series of palaces and gardens located in Saint PetersburgRussia, laid out on the orders of Peter the Great. These Palaces and gardens are sometimes referred as the "Russian Versailles".
The Grand Cascade is modeled on one constructed for Louis XIV at his Château de Marly, which is likewise memorialised in one of the park's outbuildings. - in: wikipedia

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