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4: The North-Western Corner of the Winter Palace in 1840s

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1840s 1900s 2005

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View of the landing stage by the Winter Palace
Ludwig Bohnstedt
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View of the Winter Palace from the Tower of the Kunstkammer
Unknown engraver
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View of the Spit of Vasilyevsky Island
Ivan Chesky
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The windows in the projecting north-western part of the palace provided a splendid view of the Admiralty, the Neva and the Spit of Vasilyevsky Island. In front of the palace was a landing-stage, while the parapet of the embankment was adorned by porphyry vases and bronze sculptures of lions on granite pedestals. The building of the Admiralty (1806-23, architect: Andreyan Zakharov) was surrounded by a boulevard where Petersburgers liked to stroll. The Spit of Vasilyevsky Island was turned into an ensemble in 1805-10 when the trade port located there was given a grand appearance befitting its surroundings in the centre of the capital. That period saw the construction of the majestic Exchange building and the erection of the Rostral Columns (architect: Thomas de Thomon), together with the creation of a granite slope down to the Neva.


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