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St. Petersburg Fore and Aft

Second Day


View Summer, 9-11-2001 - and then the 2nd time down the ICW & 2009 Baltic Cruise & Bermuda on greatgrandmaR's travel map.

16 June

Summary
The following day (June 16) we continued the city tour and then had early admission to the Hermitage and I had a wheelchair there. We ate lunch and then went to the Church of the Spilled Blood, Peter and Paul Fortress and St. Ivan's, where B climbed up to the dome.

Details
I made a wake-up call request (although the ship information said not to rely on the wake-up call) and also put in a request for breakfast to be delivered.

The wake-up call was for 7 am, and the breakfast request was for 7-7:30. So breakfast came at 6:50 before the wake-up call. This was the norm - no matter when I scheduled the wake-up call and breakfast the breakfast ALWAYS got there 10 minutes before the wake-up call. You'd think they did it on purpose that way. I put on B's robe and cleared the table off and the guy put the tray there. I got cranberry juice, a blueberry muffin and an omelet. It was too much to eat for breakfast. I really wanted hot oatmeal, but that wasn't available. B got scrambled eggs and OJ.
Room Service Breakfast

Room Service Breakfast


If it's Tuesday, it must be ....

If it's Tuesday, it must be ....


We were to meet our guide at 9, so we left the ship at 8:45.
Jewel of the Seas

Jewel of the Seas


was next to us at the dock. We drove around
Red to Yellow - the light will soon turn green

Red to Yellow - the light will soon turn green


and saw more of the city
Street lights

Street lights


100_4634.JPGFire station

Fire station

A Big Gun

A Big Gun

Statue which I can't find out who it is - Maybe Lenin?

Statue which I can't find out who it is - Maybe Lenin?

Hermitage

Hermitage


until our early opening appointment at the Hermitage at 9:50. Our guide got the tickets, a wheelchair for me and a ticket for permission for a camera to take photos (we both used the same permission which we paid for).
Hermitage early admission ticket (top), and camera permission (bottom)

Hermitage early admission ticket (top), and camera permission (bottom)


My granddaughter wheeled the chair. Having early admission is the only way to go. We had enough space to actually see the building itself in addition to the paintings.
Looking through a doorway to "St. George Hall"

Looking through a doorway to "St. George Hall"


Hermitage windows

Hermitage windows


We could take pictures of the elaborate inlaid floors
Inlaid Wood Mosaic floor

Inlaid Wood Mosaic floor

Floor mosaics

Floor mosaics

Ceiling arches

Ceiling arches

Mirrors reflecting the room

Mirrors reflecting the room


and the vases and decor around the walls.
6569081-Tapestry_Saint_Petersburg.jpgOur guide explaining a tapestry

Our guide explaining a tapestry


And of course we could always take pictures of the ceiling.
Ceiling

Ceiling

Chandilier

Chandilier

Chandelier

Chandelier

Ceiling like a tent

Ceiling like a tent

Ceiling paintings

Ceiling paintings

Ceiling and chandelier detail

Ceiling and chandelier detail

Room ID over the door

Room ID over the door


B got a lot of good pictures. Mine were sort of skewed as I was down lower looking up from the wheelchair.
Large Malachite vase from a wheelchair

Large Malachite vase from a wheelchair


You can rent headphones for an oral tour and some of the tour groups had these.

In the main museum are they have many other types of exhibits besides just paintings. Some of the departments were:

  • Machinery and Mechanisms

Bird sculpture

Bird sculpture

  • Furniture and Carriages

6569114-carved_table_Saint_Petersburg.jpgCarved table and other furniture

Carved table and other furniture

6569108-Hallway_Saint_Petersburg.jpgHall, Fireplace, desk and guard

Hall, Fireplace, desk and guard

  • Applied Arts
  • Textiles

Lace display

Lace display

  • Costumes
  • Sculpture

6569113-table_and_sculpture_Saint_Petersburg.jpgSculpture and Clock

Sculpture and Clock

  • Arms and Armour
  • Ceramics and Porcelain

6569112-Mosaics_Saint_Petersburg.jpgMosaics and Ceramics

Mosaics and Ceramics

  • Jewellery
  • Numismatics and Glyptics
  • Archaeological Artifacts

When you go to any large museum, you need to decide beforehand what it is that you want to see. Otherwise you will be completely worn out without having seen anything of interest to you. When I was in Madrid, I looked at the Spanish painters and the Bruegels. When I was at the British Museum in London I wanted to see the Rosetta Stone, the Elgin Marbles and also visited the Roman Britain exhibits. So after we admired the building we went up in an elevator which only took the wheelchair and B, Grandaughter making a face in the elevator

Grandaughter making a face in the elevator


and started in on the art collection which was chronological. We saw a couple of mosaic 'paintings',
101301786569134-Paintings_in..Petersburg.jpgPaintings in the Hermitage

Paintings in the Hermitage


and an awful lot of pictures.
War Gallery - skewed from the wheelchair

War Gallery - skewed from the wheelchair


We went up in another elevator that was bigger. At one point B couldn't get the wheelchair up over a threshold of about an inch.
6569121-Madonna_Saint_Petersburg.jpgMadonna

Madonna


681143566569120-Paintings_in..Petersburg.jpgolder painting - pre Impressionist

older painting - pre Impressionist


About 1100, we appeared to be mired in the Renaissance, so I asked to skip to the Impressionists
319196506569061-Portrait_of_..Petersburg.jpgRenior - my favorite

Renior - my favorite


and particularly to see Van Gogh which was my granddaughter's favorite. So we did. First we saw the four that were upstairs.
My granddaughter taking a photo

My granddaughter taking a photo


The museum has eight of them - Upstairs
1) Cottages 1890
Cottages

Cottages


2) Lilac Bush 1889
Lilac Bush  1889 (0ne of his least interesting)

Lilac Bush 1889 (0ne of his least interesting)


3) Memory of the Garden at Etten (Ladies of Arles) 1888
Memory of the Garden at Etten (Ladies of Arles)

Memory of the Garden at Etten (Ladies of Arles)


4) Arena at Arles 1888
Arena at Arles

Arena at Arles

In the second floor elevator to go down and see the last four Van Goghs there was a ramp and I almost ran into the wall with my wheelchair. You could see marks on the sides where other people had scraped.

Downstairs

1) White House at Night June, 1890
My granddaughter looking at White House at Night

My granddaughter looking at White House at Night


2) Morning: Going out to Work (After Millet) January, 1890
3) Portrait of Madame Trabuc September, 1889
My photo from the wheelchair - Mdm. Trabuc on the left

My photo from the wheelchair - Mdm. Trabuc on the left


4) Landscape with House and Ploughman October, 1889

We went to the bookstore at the museum and B got some postcards of her favorite paintings (as many of the Van Goghs that they had postcards for), and also a drawing book of Renior which I quite like but wasn't so much a favorite of hers. The shop has of reproductions of art from the Hermitage, catalogues of Hermitage exhibitions, guidebooks, books on art, colorful albums featuring the art collections of the Hermitage and many other museums of the world, and reproductions and posters. The shop displays furniture made according to originals in the museum collection.

There are also such things as replicas with a museum theme, souvenirs with Russian or St Petersburg motifs, ornaments, art books, jewellery, posters and postcards, video cassettes and more. There is an extensive choice of multimedia and video programs produced in different languages for different systems and audio recordings of works by Russian composers. You can buy replicas and copies of marble sculptures, bronzes, ceramics, numerous decorative works of jewelry based on motifs of the Scythian, Greek and oriental collections of the Hermitage, as well as works in the style of Faberge
Postcard area

Postcard area


Then since it was almost noon, so we decided to eat right there at the museum as it would be quick and cheap. Also my granddaughter was tired of pushing the wheelchair.
Hermitage Cafe

Hermitage Cafe


I took the opportunity to use the bathroom.
Sink and toilet in the rest room

Sink and toilet in the rest room

Me reflected in the ladies room mirror

Me reflected in the ladies room mirror


The Hermitage Cafe is situated in the Rastrelli Gallery on the ground floor of the Winter Palace. It was a big room with large windows on one side and a kind of cafeteria type area at one end. We mostly pointed at what we wanted to eat My granddaughter had a chocolate covered bun which proved to have sesame seeds on it and a sandwich. I had a sandwich and a pastry thing with currents on it.
My granddaugher's chocolate sesame bun and drink

My granddaugher's chocolate sesame bun and drink


My current studded pastry

My current studded pastry

Back into the car to drive across the river to the Church on the Spilled Blood (Russian: Церковь Спаса на Крови, Tserkovʹ Spasa na Krovi)
Church facade

Church facade

Granddaughter in front of Cathedral on the Spilled Blood

Granddaughter in front of Cathedral on the Spilled Blood


This is translated variously as the Resurrection of Christ Church (a.k.a.Church on Spilt Blood, The Cathedral of the Resurrection of Christ, The Church of Our Savior on Spilled Blood, or The Resurrection Church). But everyone just calls it "The Church On the Spilled Blood".
lowest mosaics and tourists

lowest mosaics and tourists


Pillar with pictures of the disciples

Pillar with pictures of the disciples

Floor

Floor


Initially I thought that the name was Church OF the Spilled Blood and not ON the Spilled Blood. It is Russian Orthodox and was modeled after St. Basel's in Moscow. The astonishing thing about this church is that the interior decorations are all mosaics and not paintings.
Mosaics

Mosaics

ceiling mosaics

ceiling mosaics


Inside the domes were special mosaics
Dome mosaic Jesus as a young man

Dome mosaic Jesus as a young man

Cupola mosaics

Cupola mosaics

Jesus in the dome

Jesus in the dome


The outside is ornate to be sure, but it is the inside that is really astonishing. It never functioned as a public place of worship; having been dedicated exclusively to the memory of the assassinated tsar, the only services served in it were panikhidas (memorial services). Not surprisingly, the Church's construction ran well over budget, having been estimated at 3.6 million rubles but it ended up costing over 4.6 million. The walls and ceilings inside the Church are completely covered in intricately detailed mosaics — the main pictures being biblical scenes or figures — but with very fine patterned borders setting off each picture. It was reopened in August 1997, after 27 years of restoration,
Before restoration

Before restoration

Video tape of the reconstruction

Video tape of the reconstruction


but has not been reconsecrated and does not function as a full-time place of worship; it is a Museum of Mosaic. Mosaic Interior of the Church on the Spilled Blood

Mosaic Interior of the Church on the Spilled Blood

Ceiling

Ceiling

Mosaics

Mosaics

Altar

Altar


Canal boat next to the church

Canal boat next to the church


Another diving car

Another diving car


Granddaughter (age 12) and Guide

Granddaughter (age 12) and Guide


After that we went to Peter and Paul Fortress. This was the first building in Peter's new capitol. Peter built a fort on a small island in the Neva delta to protect the area from possible attack by the Sweden. The day that it was started - May 27, 1703 (May 16 according to the old calendar) became the birthday of the city of St Petersburg.
The island with all labels in Russian

The island with all labels in Russian


Ironically, although it was originally built for defense (hence the name Fortress), from 1721 onwards the fortress housed part of the city's garrison and rather notoriously served as a high security political jail. Among the first inmates was Peter's own rebellious son Alexei. Later, the list of famous residents included Dostoyevsky, Gorkiy, Trotsky and Lenin's older brother, Alexander. No prisoner ever escaped. The Cathedral was the first church in the city to be built of stone. On top of the cathedrals’ gilded spire stands a magnificent golden angel holding a cross.
Weathervane on top of Cathedral

Weathervane on top of Cathedral


This weathervane is one of the most prominent symbols of St Petersburg, and at 404 feet tall, the cathedral is the highest building in the city.

Our driver had a pass to drive into the fort and park, which put us much nearer the scene of action, but we still had to walk some.
Coming through the Sally Port

Coming through the Sally Port


We walked in the Sally Port and across to the church.
Manhole cover Peter and Paul fortress

Manhole cover Peter and Paul fortress


463558444797102-Coming_throu..Petersburg.jpgGranddaughter standing on rock

Granddaughter standing on rock


Granddaughter's feet

Granddaughter's feet

Inside Peter and Paul Fortress

Inside Peter and Paul Fortress


Peter and Paul

Peter and Paul


This is where all the tsars and their wives are buried although what shows in the church is not really the tombs which are underground protected by lead. The following Russian royalty are buried here

Peter I the Great (1672-1725) one of the best known Russian Tsars
Bust of Peter the Great and tomb of Anna Ivanovna Romanov

Bust of Peter the Great and tomb of Anna Ivanovna Romanov


Anna Ivanovna Romanov (1693-1740) Anna was the fourth-born daughter of the feeble-minded Tsar Ivan V, Peter the Great's older halfbrother, After Tsar Peter II, the son of Peter the Great's son Aleksey, died, the Supreme Privy Council, headed by Prince Dmitriy Golitsyn, elected her as Empress, although since she was a woman they put limits on her power. However, Empress Anna rejected these limits the Supreme Privy Council had proposed and reacted by having the Council dissolved. She crowned herself Empress on April 28, 1730 and immediately set to work governing the country the way she saw fit.

Czarina Cathrine II aka the Great (1729-1796) She was the last ruling Czarina and is credited with bringing Russia from the mind set of the Middle Ages to the modern world of the 18th century. There is some speculation that she had her husband murdered.
Catherine the Great

Catherine the Great


Maria Feodorovna Von Württemberg. (1759-1828) She was born Princess Sophia Dorothea of Württemberg, Germany (present day Poland), but became Maria Feodorovana when at her marriage she converted to the Russian Orthodox faith. Although her marriage to Czar Paul I was a political arrangement by Catherine II the Great, she was a devoted wife. She was patient and kind even with the dealings between her husband with his mental illness and her overbearing, strong-minded mother-in-law Catherine II the Great. She truly loved her husband, and was faithful to him even if he wasn't faithtful to her. She born 10 children, and because of her longevity, she buried six of them along with a husband. Her children married into many European royal families and gave her over 30 grandchildren.
Maria Feodorovna von Württemberg

Maria Feodorovna von Württemberg


Paul I (1754-1801) When Catherine II the Great of Russia died on Nov. 17, 1796, her only son at the age of 42 years, Emperor Paul I, became Russia's monarch. While his mother was Catherine, his father might not have been her husband Czar Peter III. Paul suffered with typhus, an infectious disease transmitted by body lice and fleas, which left his face disfigured with a ruddy-colored pugged nose, and he grew increasingly depressed and paranoid.The four-and-a-half years of Paul's rule in Russia were, according to some historians, "unquestionably the reign of a madman".
Paul I

Paul I


Elizabeth Petrovna Romanov-foot of her tomb-bust of peter in back

Elizabeth Petrovna Romanov-foot of her tomb-bust of peter in back


Elizabeth Petrovna Romanov (1709-1762) Daughter of Peter "the Great" and Catherine I. She named her nephew (Peter III) as her successor
Elizabeth II (on left) and Peter III (on  right)

Elizabeth II (on left) and Peter III (on right)


Peter III (1728-1762) He was the son of Duke Karl Friedrich of Holstein-Gottorp and Peter the Great's daughter Anna. In November of 1742 his aunt Empress Elizabeth appointed him the heir to the Russian throne. Peter and his wife, the future Catherine the Great, did not have a happy marriage, and there were rumors that their marriage was never even consummated. His first action upon taking power was to grant amnesty and return from exile to everyone his aunt Elizabeth had had arrested. Another of his early actions as Tsar was to get Russia out of the Seven Years' War (also known as the Pomeranian War or the French and Indian War). But his reign as Tsar was to be short-lived. His wife and her lover Grigoriy Orlov carried out a coup, arrested him, and forced him to sign his own abdication. While in the custody of the imperial guards in the Ropshinskiy Castle, Peter was murdered

Grand Duchess Catherine Mikhailovna of Russia (Ekaterina Mikhailovna) (1827-1894) was the third of five daughters of Grand Duke Michael Pavlovich of Russia (youngest son of Paul I of Russia) and Princess Charlotte of Württemberg. She married Duke Georg August of Mecklenburg-Strelitz (1824-76). They had four children:
1-Nikolaus (11 July 1854)
2-Helene (16 January 1857 – 28 August 1936); married Prince Albert of Saxe-Altenburg; they had no children.
3-Georg Alexander (6 June 1859 – 5 December 1909); married (morganatically) Natalia Vanljarskaya. Father of Duke Georg of Mecklenburg, Count of Carlow and great-grandfather of Duke Georg Borwin of Mecklenburg, current head of the House of Mecklenburg-Strelitz.
4-Karl Michael (17 June 1863 – 6 December 1934); renounced his succession rights in 1918
Grand Duchess Catherine Mikhailovna of Russia (Ekaterina Mikhailovna)

Grand Duchess Catherine Mikhailovna of Russia (Ekaterina Mikhailovna)

Alexandra Feodorovna Romanova (1798-1860)was the daughter of Frederick Wilhelm III, King of Prussia and Louise of Mecklenburg-Strelitz. She married her second cousin Grand Duke Nikolai Pavlovitch. They had seven children. Nikolai ascended the throne in 1825 as Tsar Nicholas I. The tsarina interfered little in politics, preferring the role of devoted wife and mother. Empress Alexandra was widowed in 1855, and died five years later at the age of 62.
Alexandra Feodorovna Romanova

Alexandra Feodorovna Romanova



But there are others. On July 17th 1918 the Emperor Nicholas II, and his family were murdered. The Czar, his wife, Alexandra, their five children and four family attendants were herded into a cellar room by their Bolshevik captors and killed. According to a report by the Czar's chief executioner, two of the bodies taken from the Yekaterinburg cellar were burned, and the rest buried. The missing bodies belonged to the Romanov heir, Alexei, who was 13 when he was killed, and one of his sisters, either Maria, then 19, or her 17-year-old sister Anastasia.

It was not until 17 July 1998, eighty years to the day after their murder in the cellar of the Ipatiev House at Ekaterinburg, the earthly remains of Emperor Nicholas II, his wife, four daughters, his heir and also Dr Botkin and the three faithful servants were laid to rest in an obscure side chapel at the Peter and Paul Fortress cathedral, in a room just barely big enough to accommodate the 45 surviving Romanov relatives due to assemble for the event.
4797269-Window_of_the_chapel_Saint_Petersburg.jpgChapel

Chapel


Those interred in the chapel included

Nicholas Alexandrovich Romanov b. May 6, 1868 d. Jul. 17, 1918
Alexandra Feodorovna Romanov b. 6 June 1872 d. 17 July 1918
Olga Nikolaevna Romanova b. Nov. 15, 1895 d. Jul. 17, 1918
Tatiana Nikolaievna Romanova b. Jun. 10, 1897 d. Jul. 17, 1918
Maria Nikolaievna Romanov b. Jun. 27, 1899 d. Jul. 17, 1918

Alexei Yegorovich Trupp was the faithful valet of Czar Nicholas II b. 1857 d. Jul. 17, 1918

Anna Stepanova Demidova was a personal maid to Czarina Alexandra Romanov who was murdered with the family b. 1878 d. Jul. 17, 1918

Ivan Alexandrovich Khartinotov the cook of Czarina Alexandra Romanov who was murdered with the family b. 1870 d. Jul. 17, 1918

Dr Eugene Sergeievich Botkin, was the faithful physician of Czarina Alexandra Romanov who followed the royal family into exile and house arrest. He was murdered along with the royal family b. 1864 d. Jul. 17, 1918
Side chapel

Side chapel


The disposition of the bodies of Anastasia Nikolaevna Romanov, b. Jun. 18, 1901 d. Jul. 17, 1918 and the heir Alexis Nicholaevich Romanov b. Jul. 30, 1904 d. Jul. 17, 1918 is unknown.

The Boat House is now a souvenir shop for visitors. Inside is also a small boat made by Peter the Great.

I am interested in photographing cemeteries and memorials and statues that are found there. Our guide wasn't able to think of any cemeteries that were near to the normal tourist path - except the Commandant's Cemetery in Peter and Paul Fortress. So afterwards (at my request) we went around and saw that graveyard where all the commandants of the fortress were buried. It is by the East Wall (the altar wall) of the Peter and Paul Fortress, where 19 out of 32 commandants of the fortress were buried.
Cemetery overview

Cemetery overview

Informational sign

Informational sign

List of the burials and map

List of the burials and map


100_4599.JPGMonuments

Monuments


The tradition of burying the Commandants here was started when Robert Bruce (Russian: Роман Вилимович Брюс, Roman Vilimovich Bruce; 1668–1720) the first chief commander of Saint Petersburg was buried here. Of Scottish descent, he was the brother of Jacob Bruce. His tomb is opposite the cemetery gate in the iron fence
Robert Bruce (the stone with the cross)

Robert Bruce (the stone with the cross)


which was erected in 1842-43. Only those who had attained the rank of Commandant or Chief Commandant were eligible to be buried here. Beginning in the 18th century, commandants were often appointed for life. During the reign of Alexander I, it became a tradition to appoint highly decorated war veterans to this post and that allowed them to end their careers in a relatively peaceful fashion. They were also the Commandants of the city of St. Petersburg. Mostly they served ceremonial functions.

In 1963-64 the cemetery was restored and the soil in the middle of the cemetery (where the 18th century graves are located) was lowered to the original level. New foundations were built for the stones to mark the exact burial places, damaged stones were rebuilt and missing stones were added.
Looking at tables of souvenirs

Looking at tables of souvenirs


My granddaughter browsed for souvenirs at some of the outdoor stalls.

Next we visited St. Ivan's Cathedral where they do still have services. I said - There's not room for that many people unless they all stand. The guide said - We don't sit during services. So that explained that. St. Isaac's Cathedral is one of Russia's most famous churches and is extensively decorated with detailed mosaic icons, paintings and columns made of malachite and lapis lazuli. It is the largest cathedral in Russia and it was built between 1818 and 1858, by the French-born architect Auguste Montferrand. 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.
Granddaughter on steps of St. Isaacs

Granddaughter on steps of St. Isaacs


St Isaac's door

St Isaac's door


Ceiling of entrance

Ceiling of entrance

Facade of St Isaacs

Facade of St Isaacs

Dome

Dome

Sculpted dove (Holy Spirit) suspended under dome

Sculpted dove (Holy Spirit) suspended under dome

4797330-looking_up_Saint_Petersburg.jpgDSCN1745.JPGSt Isaacs ceiling

St Isaacs ceiling


Inside were models of the previous buildings on the site and the current cathedral. Foreign visitors should buy entrance tickets just inside the right-hand door in the southern facade (not at the street-level ticket booth). Although the website says there is no photography inside, I obviously did not find that to be the case.
Earlier models

Earlier models


Model of an earlier Rinaldiesque structure

Model of an earlier Rinaldiesque structure

Model of current cathedral

Model of current cathedral


There was, of course, a place to buy stuff at St. Isaacs.
399198584797326-On_the_left_..Petersburg.jpgShop  on the left

Shop on the left


You can't have a lot of tourists in Russia without having a place for them to buy souvenirs.
Souveniers

Souveniers

Closeup of one of the cases

Closeup of one of the cases


After we saw St. Isaacs, the guide took me back to the car
St. Isaacs between two buses

St. Isaacs between two buses


and B climbed to the top of the dome which I understand is the fourth highest in the world - St. Peter's being the tallest. She said her legs burned afterwards, as there are over 200 steps.
Along the colonnade

Along the colonnade

Looking down

Looking down

From the top of St. Isaac's

From the top of St. Isaac's

Side dome

Side dome

Gardens below

Gardens below

Stairway from side down from colonaide

Stairway from side down from colonaide

Stairs down

Stairs down


We got back to the ship about 1545,
Pushkin?

Pushkin?


We passed this statue almost every time we came back to the ship. I tipped the guide and driver in rubles as much as possible, but also in dollars. I found that B had some rubles hidden away, which I could have used. She had about 350 rubles and all I was able to get for them was $3.00

Most of the people who took the HAL tours complained about
a) tiring
b) crowded - especially in the Hermitage as none got early admission and so they said they couldn't see much because of all the people.
From in the dining room

From in the dining room


After dinner (I had the
Pineapple boat

Pineapple boat


pear soup and
Prime rib

Prime rib

Pecan Pavlova with Strawberries

Pecan Pavlova with Strawberries


and B had
French onion soup

French onion soup


I went out on deck and took pictures of various aids to navigation (lighthouses etc. until I got too cold to stay out there (about 2000).
Lesnoy Mole Range Rear?

Lesnoy Mole Range Rear?


4532688-Tall_thin_red_one_Saint_Petersburg.jpgTall thin red one and Multicolored - usually a river entrance

Tall thin red one and Multicolored - usually a river entrance

The first lighthouse that I saw (and which I could identify) was the Kronstadt Rear Range Light which is in back of the main lighthouse in this series. It is the very tall (177 feet) lighthouse is an octagonal unpainted concrete tower with a red lantern and gallery located near the east end of the naval harbor at Kronstadt
4532668-Kronstadt_Range_Rear_Kronshtadt.jpgKronstadt (Range Rear)

Kronstadt (Range Rear)


The lighthouse- built in the early 1920s is active. It is an octagonal unpainted concrete tower with a red lantern and gallery. It is located near the east end of the naval harbor at Kronstadt
Kronstadt (Range Rear)

Kronstadt (Range Rear)

Kronstadt (Range Rear)

Kronstadt (Range Rear)


Fort Kronshlot (Kronstadt Range Front) - This is the current lighthouse, which was built near the walls of Fort Kronshlot. Built by Peter the Great in 1704, Fort Kronshlot is the oldest of the many fortresses protecting Kronstadt and St. Petersburg. The range guides ships up the channel on the south side of Ostrov Kotlin toward the naval base at Kronstadt. Located on a small island just west of the naval base, near the east end of Ostrov Kotlin. This is an active lighthouse of 82 feet - a round red cast iron tower with a lantern and a gallery.
63021824532661-Kronstadt_Ra..Kronshtadt.jpgKronstadt Range Front

Kronstadt Range Front

Kronstadt Range Front

Kronstadt Range Front

Kronstadt Range Front

Kronstadt Range Front

Kronstadt Range Front over the fort

Kronstadt Range Front over the fort


Voennaya Gavan is a hexagonal cylindrical cast iron skeletal tower, painted red.
Voennaya GavanLight -Kronstadt Rear Range Light

Voennaya GavanLight -Kronstadt Rear Range Light

It is located at the corner of a pier at the extreme southeastern tip of the Kronshtadt naval base, about 400 m (1/4 mi) southwest of the Lomonosov Kanal lighthouse.
4532700-Srednyaya_Gavan_Light_Kronshtadt.jpgVoennaya Gavan Light

Voennaya Gavan Light


Little power boat rounds the point

Little power boat rounds the point


Morskoy Kanal Range Rear This light is very much like the Kronstadt (Range Rear) that at first I thought they were the same. But the Kronstadt rear range light has a gallery most of the way up the tower (and is taller), and it is also on a larger piece of land than this structure is. This octagonal 131 foot tower built in 1914 is an active lighthouse. There are black and white horizontal bands on the side facing the range line which in my picture can only be seen along the edge of the lighthouse. The Morskoy Kanal is the dredged channel through Neva Bay from Kronstadt to St. Petersburg. The range is an outbound (westbound) range guiding ships away from St. Petersburg and is located about half a mile southwest of Fort Kronshlot.
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Morskoy Kanal Range Front
Morskoy Kanal Range Front

Morskoy Kanal Range Front


Built in 1914, it is an active lighthouse described as a 66 ft octagonal concrete tower with lantern and gallery. The lighthouse is unpainted gray concrete, except the side facing the range is painted black with a white vertical stripe on the range line which is located about 1 mi southwest of the Kronstadt lighthouse. Accessible only by boat. I didn't see the painted range side.
Kronshtadt / Sredney Gavani Front Range

Kronshtadt / Sredney Gavani Front Range


The Sredney Gavani Front Range is a quick-flashing red light, visible only on the range line. 12 m (39 ft) square cylindrical skeletal tower; the front of the tower is covered by a daymark colored white with a red vertical stripe. This range guides eastbound vessels. Located on a detached breakwater south of the naval harbor.
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Kabotazhnaya Gavan Range Rear This is a lighthouse-range marker which is quite outstanding in the Kronstadt harbor area.It is a 102 ft square tower faced with white siding,
Kabotazhnaya Gavan Range Rear white

Kabotazhnaya Gavan Range Rear white

324369934531588-Kabotazhnaya..Kronshtadt.jpgKabotazhnaya Gavan Range Rear

Kabotazhnaya Gavan Range Rear


except for the huge red and black range marker on the range line. The lantern is painted red.
This light is a rear range light that guides naval vessels as they enter the Kronstadt naval station. It stands on the Petrovskaya Pristan (mole), one of the breakwaters protecting the main harbor of Kronstadt, the traditional and historic home port of the Russian Navy.
Kabotazhnaya Gavan Range Rear

Kabotazhnaya Gavan Range Rear


Kabotazhnaya Gavan Range Front This is described as a 49 ft square skeletal tower, mounted on a square concrete pier that is enclosed in whole or part by a wood daymark painted red with a black vertical stripe on the range line.
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Range marker

Range Marker lined up

Range Marker lined up


This light is a front range light that guides naval vessels as they enter the Kronstadt naval station. Located about 600 m (0.4 mi) north of Fort Kronshlot. Although I didn't see much red or black.
Cruise ship following us out

Cruise ship following us out


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Historic Kronstadt cathedral

Historic Kronstadt cathedral


Kronshtadt (often spelled Kronstadt) is the historic home port of Russia's Baltic Fleet. The city and naval base are built on Kotlin Island, located 30 km (19 mi) west of St. Petersburg.
Naval Port

Naval Port


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Antenna?


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Unknown red skeleton jetty marker and Unknown range marker

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Boat outside the harbor

Boat outside the harbor


Fort Nikolai Range Front I didn't see this range marker lined up with the range, but I saw the range marker structure on one side of it as we rounded Fort Kronshlot.
Rounding Fort Kronshlot

Rounding Fort Kronshlot


According to the internet, this was build in 1891 and has been inactive since the early 1920s when the current Fort Kronshlot Light was built.
Fort Nikolai Range Front

Fort Nikolai Range Front


It is a 52 ft round cast iron tower with lantern and gallery, painted red, built just outside the walls of Fort Kronshlot (formerly Fort Nikolai). It is located 200 yd west of the Fort Kronshlot Light on a small island just west of the naval base, near the east end of Ostrov Kotlin.
Fort Nikolai Range Front

Fort Nikolai Range Front


The civilian port of Lomonosov on the mainland is 2 mi to the south. I have quite a few pictures of this and the current light as we passed quite close to Fort Kronshlot.Fort Nikolai Range Front with another cruise ship

Fort Nikolai Range Front with another cruise ship


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large_4533365-Photos_from_a_passing_Ship_Kronshtadt.jpgJetty marker

Jetty marker


4532680-Red_Jetty_marker_Kronshtadt.jpgRed and Green jetty markers

Red and Green jetty markers

Red and white tower similar to Korabel'nyy Kanal lighthouse

Red and white tower similar to Korabel'nyy Kanal lighthouse


Then we went in to the Russian sale of souvenirs on the ship, and I bought some inexpensive things.
Souvenir tables on the ship

Souvenir tables on the ship


Tomorrow we are in Helsinki

Posted by greatgrandmaR 20:38 Archived in Russia

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