Expanding on the previous Russia Week post devoted to Saint Petersburg, here are postcard series that illustrate the city in three different ways.
First are the amazing ‘Then and Now’ views:
Saint Petersburg’s municipal government, the duma, was first organized as part of Catherine the Great’s whirlwind of reforms. The duma was, of course, stripped of power in 1918, but the Duma city hall remains. With its view of the length of Nevsky Prospect, the Duma’s iconic tower was used to look out for fires.
Opened in 1848, the upper crust Passage is one of the oldest shopping malls in the world.
I just learned that the Manege Central Exhibition Hall (for art) was originally the riding school for the city’s mounted guards.
The monument and street are devoted to Mikhail Glinka (1804-1857), generally regarded as the father of Russian classical music.
Onto the second Saint Petersburg postcard series of the day–photos of locations that appear in ‘Crime and Punishment’ accompanied by the text in which they’re described! Brought to you by:
Finally, here’s a charming series of watercolors by an artist named Herman Deryagin of his native Saint Petersburg:
“Salvation on the Blood” (Church of the Savior on Blood)
“Lev Tolstoy Square”
“St. Panteleymon Church”
Pack your bags because we’re onto Moscow tomorrow. Yes, bring a coat.