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Catherine the Great Statue, St Petersburg

In Ostrovskogo Square, just off Nevsky Prospekt.

The building in the background is the Alexandrinsky Theatre:-

Catherine the Great Monument, St Petersburg

Monument to Catherine The Great, St Petersburg

A lamppost nearby:-

Lamppost in Ostrovskogo Square, St Petersburg

Planting in Ostrovskogo Square:-

Planting in Ostrovskogo Square, St Petersburg

More planting, between the statue of Catherine the Great and the Alexandrinsky Theatre Building.

Planting Ostrovskogo Square, St Petersburg

St Petersburg (vi)

The Mikhailovsky Castle, (known in English as St Michael’s Castle,) St Petersburg. The Tsar Paul I, Catherine the Great’s son, apparently didn’t like the Winter Palace so had this one built instead. It was built surrounded by water, for defensive purposes, to be entered only by drawbridges. Not that that did Paul much good. He was assassinated in the Palace 40 nights after moving in.

Note eagle finials on the gate posts of the Summer Gardens:-

Paul's Palace, St Petersburg

Moyka River. St Michael’s Castle in background. Field of Mars to left. This looked more like a canal to me:-

Moyka River, St Petersburg.

Crossing the river you head to the Griboyedov Embankment and towards the Church on Spilled Blood. We noticed how ornate the lampposts were:-

Ornate Lamppost, St Petersburg

The stunning and very Russian in style Church on the Spilled Blood and Griboyedov Canal:-

St Petersburg, Church on the Spilled Blood

From the canal:-

Church on the Spilled Blood 4

From Griboyedov Embankment:-

Church on the Spilled Blood 7

Church on the Spilled Blood

Upper portion. It’s a pity the top was swathed in scaffolding:-

Upper Portion, Church on the Spilled Blood, St Petersburg

From across the canal:-

Church on the Spilled Blood, St Petersburg

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