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Leaving Leningrad

Or leaving St Petersburg (as it is again.) I liked the alliteration though.

I snatched these through the coach window on the way back to the ship’s berth.

An old bridge over a waterway:-

An Old Bridge, St Petersburg

This one I realised later is on the corner of Nevsky Prospekt at the Anichkov Bridge over the River Fontanka and I had photographed it from the street:-

Palace, St Petersburg

A Fire Station:-

Fire Station, St Petersburg

This is the bridge almost hidden behind the building under construction I photographed from the ship’s prow:-

Bridge, St Petersburg

And this is the one between the ship and the Zenit Arena (aka Krestovsky Stadium) – see same link above:-

Bridge in St Petersburg

Bridge and Krestovsky Stadium:-

A Bridge  + Krestovsky Stadium, St Petersburg

Krestovsky Stadium/Zenit Arena plus part of the bridge, also two blurred birds:-

Krestovsky Stadium, St Petersburg (Zenit Arena)

National Library of Russia Reading Rooms

When the coach pulled to a halt for our visit to Nevsky Prospekt in St Petersburg it actually parked up in Ostrovskogo Square (which Wiki has as Ostrovsky Square,) right outside a buidling containing the National Library of Russia Reading Rooms:-

aNational Library of Russia reading room 2

National Library of Russia reading room

The nameplate on the right is in Cyrillic but the one on the left is written in English, complete with opening hours:-

aNational Library of Russia reading room 3

There was some impressive ironwork on each side of the door:-

aNational Library of Russia reading room 5

View of building down the street:-

aNational Library of Russia reading room 4

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

ПОБЕДА

Victory!

Today is Victory Day. In Russia the end of the Second World War in Europe (what Russians call the Great Patriotic War) is celebrated on May 9th, not the May 8th VE Day we know. The Soviet Union, as it then was, was the country that both suffered the most in that war (26.6 million dead) and also did the most to defeat Nazi Germany on the ground.

I’ve seen it suggested that the German surrender to the Allies in the West came late in the evening so that it was one day later in Russia. However that surrender to Eisenhower understandably somewhat miffed the Soviet Union which wanted a surrender of its own, which duly happened the day after, to Marshal Zhukov in Berlin. So May 9th is Victory Day, ДЕНЬ ПОБЕДЫ (DEN’ POBEDY.)

It is celebrated every year but there were special plans for this year’s 75th anniversary. As elsewhere, coronavirus put a hold on those.

Just off Nevsky Prospekt, St Petersburg, last year, we found this memorial garden:-

Victory Day Memorial Garden, St Petersburg

Beyond the tulips in front of the protruding wing of the building the Russian word for VICTORY was picked out in hedging beside a red star. ПОБЕДА:-

Victory Day Memorial Garden, St Petersburg

Beyond the gates and off to the right was this modern building which was displaying Victory Day banners. My reading of Cyrillic is much too insufficient to decipher what sort of exhibition was taking place inside:-

Modern Building, St Petersburg

Eliseyev Grocery, Nevsky Prospekt, St Petersburg

Eliseyev‘s is a celebrated upmarket grocery on Nevsky Prospekt, built in the Art Nouveau style:-

Eliseyev Grocery, Nevsky Prospekt, St Petersburg,

Eliseyev Grocery Figures, Nevsky Prospekt, St Petersburg

View up Nevsky Prospekt. Victory Day banner prominent on lamppost:-

Figures, Eliseyev Grocery, Nevsky Prospekt, St Petersburg

The store’s stained glass windows are lovely:-

Windows, Eliseyev Grocery, Nevsky Prospekt, St Petersburg

Nevsky Prospekt, St Petersburg (ii)

Fine buildings abound on Nevsky Prospekt:-

Building, Nevsky Prospekt, St Petersburg

Building on Corner of Nevsky Prospekt, St Petersburg,

Corner Building, Nevsky Prospekt, St Petersburg

Another Victory Day banner here:-

Fine Building, Nevsky Prospekt, St Petersburg

I photographed this one mainly because it now houses a KFC!

Building, Nevsky Prospekt, St Petersburg

Nevsky Prospekt, St Petersburg (i)

Nevsky Prospekt, (or Nevsky Avenyue) is St Petersburg’s main street, running more or less east from the Admiralty Building near the Winter Palace at the River Neva end in the west to the Moscow Railway Station and, after veering slightly southwards at Vosstaniya Square, to the Alexander Nevsky Lavra Monastery. (We didn’t go that far.)

This poster/billboard of Vladimir Putin was on a road leading to the General Staff Building:-

Putin Billboard, St Petersburg

General Staff Building arch, Winter Palace behind:-

General Staff Building St Petersburg

The Prospekt itself has many fine buildings like this pinkish grey one with great detailing:-

Grey Building on Nevsky Prospekt, St Petersburg

And something calling itself Grand Palace:-

Grand Palace, Nevsky Prospekt, St Petersburg

And this church, set back from the street:-

A Church Building off Nevsky Prospekt, St Petersburg

Part of the way up the south side is this set of colonnades with shops:-

Colonnade, Nevsky Prospekt, St Petersburg

Then there’s the Kazan Cathedral:-

Kazan Cathedral, Nevsky Prospekt, St Petersburg

With its fountain:-

Fountain in Front of Kazan Cathedral

The fine building across the street and back a bit is almost hidden away:-

Through the Keyhole

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