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Shipyard And an Admiralty
May 17, 2016 16:45


The first building on the left bank of the Neva River originally was a Dockyard fortress. At this point Nevsky Prospekt, Gorokhovaya Street and Voznesensky Prospekt converge by forming a three-beam basis of the historical city plan.

Modern monumental building with a tower and a weather vane ship on the spire is the third building of its kind, created at the beginning of the XIX century by the architect Zakharov in the style of Russian classicism. The first building represented a one-story wooden construction with rampart and a ditch. The tower with a spire appeared already in 1711 and it was re-erected during all reconstructions.

During the reign of Peter a Shipyard and an Admiralty - Admiralty Board was located here. From here the urban expression of "Admiral Hour" originates, that is the time to drink: at 11 a.m.  the boards finished working and the tsar and his associates went to have a dinner. The weather vane in the form of small ship shows, as it is commonly believed, the first Russian frigate "Orel" (Eagle). It is worth paying attention at many sculptures decorating the building: statues of gods and heroes, allegorical figures symbolizing the conquest of the elements and sea power. 28 statues (by fourteen identical statues on both sides) are high above the city like facing to the very elements.


Author: Anna Dorozhkina


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