General Staff Building, Palace Square in Saint Petersburg #349
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)
Central Square of St. Petersburg and of the Russian Empire, Palace Square was scene for crucial historical episodes, such as the Bloody Sunday in 1905, or the October Revolution in 1917. On the south side there’s the Government Building (1819-1829), shaped in a 580 meters arch with in the centre a double commemorative triumphal arch which connects the square with the Nevski Avenue.