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Virtual Pushkin => Shopping in Pushkin => Topic started by: Helen_Azar on August 01, 2006, 06:12:29 PM

Title: Gostiny Dvor
Post by: Helen_Azar on August 01, 2006, 06:12:29 PM
Gostiny Dvor in Pushkin is a smaller version of its namesake in St Petersburg. It is a short walk from the Alexander Palace, on Moskovskaya and Oranzhereinaya Streets. It is the Russian version of a strip mall, where individual stores occupy separate sections of the building, and an outdoor farmerís market inside its large courtyard.

Gostiny Dvor as it looked at the turn of the 20th century and as it appears today:
(http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v225/helenazar/gostinydvorthen6zt.jpg)(http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v225/helenazar/gostinydvornow2cv.jpg)

At first glance, Gostiny Dvor looks sort of abandoned - with a strong need of renovation, but turns out that even the shabbiest storefronts are occupied and open for business. Electronics, clothing, toys, gifts are available at individual stores at Gostiny Dvor. There is even a box office, where one can buy tickets to shows in St Petersburg.

Entrance to the Tsarskoe Selo Market (in the courtyard of Gostiny Dvor), and inside the market:
(http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v225/helenazar/tsmarket3bk.jpg)(http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v225/helenazar/insidemarket6wg.jpg)

The market is open 7 days a week, until 9pm. It is very popular among the locals. There, one can buy everything from watermelons to shoes...

Title: Re: Gostiny Dvor
Post by: Janet_W. on August 01, 2006, 07:13:38 PM
Helen, thank you SO much! This was something I didn't think to investigate when our tour visited Pushkin for a very short time back in 1991.
Title: Re: Gostiny Dvor
Post by: Helen_Azar on August 02, 2006, 08:12:52 AM
Helen, thank you SO much! This was something I didn't think to investigate when our tour visited Pushkin for a very short time back in 1991.

You're welcome. I am not sure if Gostiny Dvor was functional in 1991, it may not have been.... It looks like at some point it was  abandoned.
Title: Re: Gostiny Dvor
Post by: vladm on August 02, 2006, 11:28:57 AM
It looks like at some point it was  abandoned.
Actually it was always operational. Gostiny Dvor, considered by locals as central supermarket for many years. Farmers market inside of Gostiny Dvor also, one of the central points for fresh produce.
Title: Re: Gostiny Dvor
Post by: Helen_Azar on August 02, 2006, 02:15:35 PM

Actually it was always operational. Gostiny Dvor, considered by locals as central supermarket for many years. Farmers market inside of Gostiny Dvor also, one of the central points for fresh produce.

I see, thanks. So the same thing was there during the Soviet era?

Because of the way the building looks, I got the impression that it may not have been used for some time until recently, and that they didn't have the chance to fix it up yet, but I guess it just hasn't been maintained well for years....

Yes, the farmer's market inside is excellent, you can get almost any kind of produce, and because the turnover is high, it pretty fresh.
Title: Re: Gostiny Dvor
Post by: rosieposie on June 28, 2007, 06:13:49 AM
Wow that does look like something to see. Thanks for showing.
Title: Re: Gostiny Dvor
Post by: Joyann1 on July 12, 2007, 08:58:15 AM
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Title: Re: Gostiny Dvor
Post by: Joyann1 on July 12, 2007, 08:59:12 AM
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Title: Re: Gostiny Dvor
Post by: Ausmanov on September 17, 2009, 07:50:03 PM
Hello Vladm.
This could be a foolish question, you mentioned t was never abandoned. I was curious, do you know when it was constructed, im geussing imperial times but im curious as to when? To meit does not have thatstyle architechture but i could be wrong.