Wednesday Walk: Catherine Park in Tsarskoye Selo at night
Hello friends, today I would like to tell you about an unusual walk. I think that not only tourists, but also locals very rarely walk through the parks of Tsarskoye Selo late at night. It is a strange but very interesting walk. Late in the evening the parks are sparsely populated. Sometimes it even seemed to me that I was standing alone on the bank of the pond and admiring this landscape... but after a few minutes I noticed other people walking there. It wasn't crowded, but it wasn't so empty that I felt lonely on the unknown paths of the dark park.
The idea to check till what time the parks of Tsarskoye Selo were open came to me because I wanted some kind of variety. It gets dark early in winter. In January the daylight hours are a little longer than in December, but the length of daylight hours is still not enough for pleasant evening walks: by six o'clock in the evening it is completely dark, and the last colours of sunset burn out earlier. It would be logical to assume that suburban parks close soon after dark. There are no lanterns in the parks - who would want to walk around in the dark?
I opened the Tsarskoselsky Museum website and was very pleased to discover that Catherine's Park, the ceremonial park of the Tsar's residence, is open for strolls until 9pm. It remained to come and see for myself what this park looked like in the dark.
I approached the park from the side of the Catherine Palace. This palace is also called the Grand Palace of Tsarskoye Selo. Construction of the palace began in the 18th century, the main architect being the famous architect Francesco Rastrelli. The palace's richly decorated facades in the Elizabethan Baroque style are brightly lit and can be admired at any time of day or night. I walked along the palace facade to the Cameron Gallery.
The Cameron Gallery is probably my favourite pavilion at Tsarskoye Selo. This gallery was built in the late 18th century, designed by the Scottish architect Charles Cameron. I climbed the stairs, decorated with antique sculptures, to view the park from above and map out a walking route.
First, I peered into the landscape of the park to see if the park pavilions were illuminated. Only one of them, the Hermitage Pavilion, was brightly lit. All the other pavilions were lost in the shade, and I could only make out their contours.
It was not, however, completely dark in the park; the sky was illuminated by the street lights of the surrounding streets, and the snow on the trees and lawns acted as a reflector. The brightest spot in the park was near the Great Pond, the flat snow-covered surface as if it were glowing.
I started my walk in the park as I reached the Hermitage Pavilion, then came to the Palace Kitchen pavilion, then turned toward the Gothic-style structures: the Admiralty, the Gothic Gate, the ruin tower.
Slowly I circled around the park and found myself on the opposite side of the Catherine Palace. I had expected the place to be particularly quiet and deserted in the late afternoon, but I was wrong. There was a ice skating rink outside the museum administration building, and you could buy hot tea and buns there as well. It was very timely - the usual tourist cafes outside with souvenirs are hardly open at this time.
|Smartphone||Google Pixel 3a|
|Location||Saint Petersburg, Russia|
This is my entry for the #WednesdayWalk challenge by @tattoodjay.
Unreal!!! The lighting on the building made it looks like a "precious gem", amazing!
Thank you so much! It's really beautiful, even more beautiful in reality than in the photo!
I think so too, how I wish I can see the building personally and up close. The details on the exterior are so detailed and beautiful. Thanks a lot for sharing :)
Congratulations, your post has been added to Pinmapple! 🎉🥳🍍
Did you know you have your own profile map?
And every post has their own map too!
Want to have your post on the map too?
This post has been manually curated by @steemflow from Indiaunited community. Join us on our Discord Server.
Do you know that you can earn a passive income by delegating to @indiaunited. We share more than 100 % of the curation rewards with the delegators in the form of IUC tokens. HP delegators and IUC token holders also get upto 20% additional vote weight.
Here are some handy links for delegations: 100HP, 250HP, 500HP, 1000HP.
100% of the rewards from this comment goes to the curator for their manual curation efforts. Please encourage the curator @steemflow by upvoting this comment and support the community by voting the posts made by @indiaunited.
Thank you very much!
The buildings glow at night.
It's very beautiful. Thank you!
Your content has been boosted with Ecency Points, by @tatdt.
Use Ecency daily to boost your growth on platform!
Vote for new Proposal
Delegate HP and earn more
Hello dear friend @tatdt good day
What a beautiful place to walk, and it's good that the park is open late. I am passionate about period buildings, this is really beautiful
I appreciate you sharing this night hike adventure
Have a beautiful morning
Thank you so much for your attention to my post dear friend @jlufer! Have a good day!
WOW! What a beautiful night walk you had! The first photo looks so unreal, almost like a computer-generated 3D photo!!! With all those lights it looks amazing...
I also like those ducks in the lake... 😃
Thanks for sharing!
I have picked this post on behalf of the @OurPick project which will be highlighted in the next post!
Thank you so much! It was a very exciting walk and I'm glad you enjoyed it!
Such a beautiful evening walk, that building looks amazing illuminated at night
Thanks for joining the Wednesday, its always fun for me to visit the walks from all around the world, getting a feel for communities where people live and what they see on their daily walks
Thank you so much!
Congratulations @tatdt! You have completed the following achievement on the Hive blockchain And have been rewarded with New badge(s)
Your next target is to reach 4750 replies.
You can view your badges on your board and compare yourself to others in the Ranking
If you no longer want to receive notifications, reply to this comment with the word
Check out our last posts:
Hiya, @choogirl here, just swinging by to let you know that this post made it into our Honourable Mentions in Daily Travel Digest #1772.
Your post has been manually curated by the @pinmapple team. If you like what we're doing, please drop by to check out all the rest of today's great posts and consider supporting other authors like yourself and us so we can keep the project going!
Become part of our travel community:
Thank you so much!
those shots are amazing, the light is perfect the skies majestic and the architecture fantastic
Thank you so much!
Wow - that building is so pretty at night. I think you have won Wednesday walk this week !
Thank you so much!