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Run through the streets of the Central district of Saint Petersburg

Want to have a look at Soviet homoerotic sculpture in the centre of Saint Petersburg? Eager to find out what is the Impotent Dream, to see the Elephant Upside Down and to know the mystery of the Invisible Man? Here is a story about an extremely varied walk through the streets of Saint Petersburg by Russian blogger Vlad Veklich.

 Run through the streets of the Central district of Saint Petersburg

 

Yes, it really was a run through, because I never had such a rapid pace walking Piter :).  As I wrote before (here), on my vacation I met Eugene (pikkuvesi) and he made for me small excursion on “non-touristic places of Piter”. We walked almost 15 kilometers and we did it at a great lick. I saw much more than I had time to shoot.

1. In the afternoon, I came through the streets under construction to Mytninskaya street, to Eugene’s workshop.


Run through the streets of the Central district of Saint Petersburg

 

1.       2. Eugene is an occupational therapist in a center for social rehabilitation for individuals with special needs. See more photos here.


Run through the streets of the Central district of Saint Petersburg

3.  We went for a walk. Interesting Soviet tablet on an old house (“Strengthen USSR defense”) was styled not to spoil impression from prerevolutionary plasterwork.


Run through the streets of the Central district of Saint Petersburg

4.      Monument to Nekrasov.


Run through the streets of the Central district of Saint Petersburg

5. Intelligent cat photographed near a pet shop.


Run through the streets of the Central district of Saint Petersburg

6.   Zhenya said that he really loves non-standard sights of famous churches and cathedrals.

Here is, for example, a view of the Church of the Savior on Spilled Blood from Radishiev street.


Run through the streets of the Central district of Saint Petersburg

7.   Here I finally made a panorama shot…


Run through the streets of the Central district of Saint Petersburg

8.      Here we by my demand went in one of the entrance halls of the old house. It wasn’t good to make photos there because due to the lack of light, but anyway I was impressed by the spirit of Piter entrance lobbies.

By the way it’s not easy to find a free access to lobbies. Almost everywhere they are locked.


Run through the streets of the Central district of Saint Petersburg

9. And even the stain-glass is still intact


Run through the streets of the Central district of Saint Petersburg

10.This is the yard…


Run through the streets of the Central district of Saint Petersburg

11.Then we walked for a while and found the monument of Kapodistrias, who had been a foreign minister in Russian Empire and the first head of state of independent Greece.


Run through the streets of the Central district of Saint Petersburg

12.   Very funny sculptural composition in Rodin style. “Naked proletariat” :) Stands near concert hall “Oktyabrsky”, which was built instead of demolished Greek church.


Run through the streets of the Central district of Saint Petersburg

13.  Then we went to the Vosstania Square with its giant five-sided obelisk. Zhenya said that people call it Impotent’s Dream, because of an ambiguous newspaper  title  - “Up For Ages”.  While I was having fun listening to the story, we passed by the obelisk and I didn’t shoot it J. From there we came to the Cathedral of Our Lady of St. Theodore.


Run through the streets of the Central district of Saint Petersburg

14. In this very place used to be a tramway line. Then it was taken away. Zhenya says thatwith liquidation of tramways true spirit of the city is disappearing.


Run through the streets of the Central district of Saint Petersburg

15.    One of the very first monuments to a great poet. Zhenya said that before war they wanted to move the monument to another place. But kids who played in the garden surrounded workers with their equipment and shouted: “This is our Pushkin”.  So finally the monument was left on the same place. Poet’s head is popular among doves :-)

Run through the streets of the Central district of Saint Petersburg

16.  Zhenya. Sat down on a bench after my appeal, though he was eager to go on.


Run through the streets of the Central district of Saint Petersburg

17.  Sky of Piter in one of the yards


Run through the streets of the Central district of Saint Petersburg

18.  Just one of the buildings we passed by


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Run through the streets of the Central district of Saint Petersburg

20. Lattice of the San-Galli Garden.  From here Zhenya wanted to show me another view of the Cathedral of Theodore.


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Run through the streets of the Central district of Saint Petersburg

22. View of the Cathedral of Theodore from the garden.


Run through the streets of the Central district of Saint Petersburg

23. Sea horse on the flaked front of a house.


Run through the streets of the Central district of Saint Petersburg

24. Heads of horses on the front of the veterinary clinic.


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Run through the streets of the Central district of Saint Petersburg

26. A spooky house… like from the horror film :-)


Run through the streets of the Central district of Saint Petersburg

27. View of Holy Cross Cossack Cathedral from Voronezhskaya street.


Run through the streets of the Central district of Saint Petersburg

28.Quay of the Obvodny Canal.


Run through the streets of the Central district of Saint Petersburg

29. Old manholes of Saint Petersburg


Run through the streets of the Central district of Saint Petersburg

30. View of Saint Isaac's Cathedral from Vereyskaya street


Run through the streets of the Central district of Saint Petersburg

31. Street cleaner is having break.

Run through the streets of the Central district of Saint Petersburg

32. Vitebsky train station


Run through the streets of the Central district of Saint Petersburg

33.Four chimneys of the boiler station popularly styled as Elephant Upside Down:-)


Run through the streets of the Central district of Saint Petersburg

34. Marshal Govorov Park. Here my back started to ache and we sat down for some rest. A man walked a bunch of dogs.


Run through the streets of the Central district of Saint Petersburg

35. Got any cigarettes? No? What about a bone?


Run through the streets of the Central district of Saint Petersburg

36. The Trinity Cathedral… Here I heard an interesting story about monument made of Turkish cannons. Panorama you can see here.  


Run through the streets of the Central district of Saint Petersburg

37. Famous monument to Invisible man on quay of Fontanka suddenly became visible )))) Actually there used to be a monument to Alexander II which was demolished during the revolution


Run through the streets of the Central district of Saint Petersburg

38. This scene I posted recently. :-)


Run through the streets of the Central district of Saint Petersburg

39. Bell tower of St. Nicholas Naval Cathedral. Place where I stand is called 9 bridges.


Run through the streets of the Central district of Saint Petersburg

40. You can really see 9 bridges from one place – not 7, as a guide on a passing by cutter said. I counted :-)


Run through the streets of the Central district of Saint Petersburg

41. Zhenya. I think from that place I should have made a spherical panorama to have all the bridges visible… But I’m not good at it, and we didn’t have much time.


Run through the streets of the Central district of Saint Petersburg

42. Groom and bride are cuddling on the bridge.


Run through the streets of the Central district of Saint Petersburg

43. Eventually it was a photo set :-)


Run through the streets of the Central district of Saint Petersburg

44. View of St. Nicholas Cathedral

Run through the streets of the Central district of Saint Petersburg

45. Here I got a bit distracted by  the doves :-)


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Run through the streets of the Central district of Saint Petersburg

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Run through the streets of the Central district of Saint Petersburg

48. Artists near the Griboyedov Canal.


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Run through the streets of the Central district of Saint Petersburg

50. Bridge of For Lions.


Run through the streets of the Central district of Saint Petersburg

51. House where Galina Starovoytova lived and was murdered. Iteresting fact: the house is very close to OMON base.  


Run through the streets of the Central district of Saint Petersburg

52. Here we finished our walk.

Run through the streets of the Central district of Saint Petersburg

53. Went to Sadovaya metro station and said goodbye :( If only we had time, we could have walked a little more…


Run through the streets of the Central district of Saint Petersburg

 

Source: Vlad Veklich

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