Monday, 12 July 2010

St Petersburg

View at the Spit of Vasilyevsky Island

This is one of a set of extra large cards of St Petersburg I'd forgotten I had.  Difficult to choose which one to post in this city of spectacular buildings but I rather like the curved horizon on this. A city in its own world.

Vasilyevsky Island is at the north west corner of the central city and the spit is at the easternmost point, where the Neva divides.  Peter the Great when building his capital intended to place the centre of government here and construct canals reminiscent of Amsterdam but things did not go to plan and the centre was built elsewhere.

The large building with the columns was the old stock exchange and since the 1940s has been the Central Naval Museum

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