Bathers in the Peter and Paul Fortress in Saint Petersburg #1331
500€ – 1.200€
A city has been created; rather looking like a set, it doesn’t belong to the black and illusionist box of a theater, but it lies on the chimerical amplitude of a land of vast steppes. On the stage, silence is darkness, total blackness; however in this city, in the beginning of summer, the nights are white.
There is something on the scale that baffles: every passerby is cut out like a tiny, solitary figure in front of colossal buildings that we imagine empty. Not born in the heat of the hustle and bustle of urban life, nor in the meeting of people, but in the theater of the mind of visionary (perhaps insomniac) rulers, the city preserves its unreality as its most intimate essence. So much so that those who do not know it, we also dream it. (Carlota Subirós)
Original St. Petersburg citadel from 1703 on the small island of Záiachi soon became one of the most feared prisons of the city, through which passed Piotr Kropotkin and Fyodor Dostoievski. It was from this point from where the Winter Palace was bombed during the revolution. During summer season, Petersburgers take advantage of the heat accumulated by the walls for taking baths of sun and, even, a bath in the Nevá.