Entrance of the Alexander Nevski Monastery in Saint Petersburg #571
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)
Founded by Tsar Peter I, this architectural complex was designed for housing the remains of the leader and Russian saint that gives name to the famous Petersburg Avenue. After the collapse of the Soviet Union, religious temples slowly regained activity and their original appearance, as many of them were looted and destined for other uses. In the cemetery of the monastery lie prominent personages of the Russian culture, like Fyodor Dostoievski or Piotr Tchaikovsky.