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Re: Feodorovsky Gorodok
« Reply #30 on: August 22, 2005, 02:51:46 AM »
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I suppose that the name of the restaurant is " Belaya Bashnya" - White Tower?


The restaurant is called "Staraya Bashnya" - "The Ancient Tower".

Yes, at first glance, the whole area does look  abandoned, but besides the restaurant, which is in one of the courtyards, there is aalso a shelter for the poor elderly people inside the complex - inside the Maria/Anastasia hospital actually, which is run by the Feodorovsky Cathedral. The gate is closed off to outsiders, but you can look into the courtyard. Which is what I did yesterday evening, and a lady who works for the shelter asked me what I want. I talked to her for a little while and asked her what is inside some of the other buildings that are part of the complex. She told me that in addition to the rooms for the poor at the former hospital, in the building next to it there are rooms occupied by priests, seminarists - people who work for the cathedral.

There is a path which leads from the hospital to the Alexander Palace, and this is the path that the Grand Duchesses used to walk over to the hospital. You can still see traces of cobblestone along the path, which I suppose is from prerevolutionary times, but now it is mainly earth and mud. This path leads by a small pond, which is now kind of neglected as well. But one can well imagine what all this looked like before the revolution. The other day I saw that one of the old trees fell down and blocked the path, it was some sort of a weeping willow. It blocked off the path half way to the palace, so now you kind of have to walk around it in order to get there...

The Gorodok is not the only place that isfull of ruins - prerevolutionary artifacts that have not been restored - the town has many. The imperial station is another example, which I already mentioned. The Arsenal, the Chinese building and the Llama Pavilion in the Alexander Park are other examples.
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Re: Feodorovsky Gorodok
« Reply #31 on: August 22, 2005, 03:50:39 AM »
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Hikaru, I know the Gorodok well and when one looks at the plans of the little town which Nicholas planned, the magnificent oil murals painted on its completion, illustrations of it when it was operational, such as feasts in the refectory, it is heartbreaking to see what it has become today.

Father Gennady Zverov made a huge difference when he had the grass replanted and the Yellow Palace, to an extent, restored.   And, of course, the Cossack guard - that was thrilling.   All of them real Cossacks.  

However with the exception of the restaurant in the corner tower, the Gorodok lies abandoned and forlorn.   It is possible to stand in the places where Alexandra and her daughters were photographed and mentally recreate what it once was like.   However, the work required to restore it is daunting.  I have heard there are currently  discussions about doing precisely that - an enormous task which will take many years.   I wish I had the ability post photographs.   I have a series of photographs which cover  a 360 degrees panorama of the Gorodok, all taken from the one spot.



Yes, it is quite sad to see what's happened to it after seeing the photos and paintings of what it was. But in a way, it is more interesting (for the lack of a better term) than seeing places that have been restored, much more real. You feel the history there so much more. The same is with the imperial train station, which stands in ruins. I don't believe in ghosts, but you definitely feel something in these places, unlike the places that have been "tampered with" and restored.

BTW, there are several paintings hanging at the AP of the Cathedral and the Gorodok, which give a very good idea of what they looked like just prior to WWI. I don't remember seeing them there last year, but they may have been there.

One walking tour guide said to her group (I happened to overhear while I was at the Gorodok): "Feodorovsky Gorodok represents our [Russia's] dreams that were cut short before they had the chance to be fulfilled, but also it represents new hope for the future of Russia."

I truly hope that this hope is fulfilled, although I realize that as a nation, Russia has an extremely difficult road ahead of it and it may take many many years...

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Re: Feodorovsky Gorodok
« Reply #32 on: August 22, 2005, 07:53:08 AM »
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"Feodorovsky Gorodok represents our [Russia's] dreams that were cut short before they had the chance to be fulfilled, but also it represents new hope for the future of Russia."

I truly hope that this hope is fulfilled, although I realize that as a nation, Russia has an extremely difficult road ahead of it and it may take many many years...


Hi Helen,

What a delightful sentiment to hear in passing! Thank you for keeping us informed.

Russia certainly has many difficult roads to travel, but at least Russia is aware that the journey must finally be taken.
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Re: Feodorovsky Gorodok
« Reply #33 on: August 23, 2005, 02:09:57 AM »
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Thank you for keeping us informed.
 


You're welcome, it's my pleasure. I am looking forward to sharing with everyone additional things I saw and learned here, soon.

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Re: Feodorovsky Gorodok
« Reply #34 on: August 23, 2005, 09:54:24 AM »
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Hi Helen,

What a delightful sentiment to hear in passing! Thank you for keeping us informed.

Russia certainly has many difficult roads to travel, but at least Russia is aware that the journey must finally be taken.



Helen, I must second what Belochka has said.  Thank you very much for keeping us updated, reading your posts really brings the scenes to life.......  I can't wait to see any pictures that you have.  Thanks so much again.

-Val :)

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Re: Feodorovsky Gorodok
« Reply #38 on: September 24, 2005, 10:23:48 AM »
WOW Scott!
Your pictures are so amazing!
You really should make a travellog!

Thanks so much for contributing so much! :)

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Re: Feodorovsky Gorodok
« Reply #39 on: September 24, 2005, 12:42:46 PM »
Dear Scott,

Thanks againa for these beautiful pictures.

I just would like to know - where you able to walk from AP to the Cathedral and Gorodok, or did you have a guide and a car?The reason I ask is when I was there, the guide did not mention the Gorodok and therefore I did not see it.

Thanks a lot
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Re: Feodorovsky Gorodok
« Reply #40 on: September 24, 2005, 04:21:15 PM »
Took the train to Tsarskoe Selo and spent two nights at the Ekaterina Hotel in the Catherine Palace complex.  Then I walked everywhere I went.

It's a short walk from the AP to the Sobor and the Gorodok.

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« Reply #41 on: September 24, 2005, 09:18:37 PM »
Scott, the pictures are WONDERFUL! Thanks so much!

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Re: Feodorovsky Gorodok
« Reply #42 on: January 06, 2006, 08:29:26 AM »
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Re: Feodorovsky Gorodok
« Reply #43 on: January 06, 2006, 08:31:27 AM »
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Re: Feodorovsky Gorodok
« Reply #44 on: May 07, 2007, 04:56:43 AM »





The nostlagic glass has taken those interestings and romantics shots on that place,perhaps has it been ever posted before...
http://nostalgicglass.org/display.php?pn=12#

Vassia
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