Another view of the Great Pond in the Catherine Park adjoining the Catherine Palace. The main subject here is Chesme Column, a Doric column hewn from three pieces of white and pink Olonets marble, decorated with rostra (ships’ prows) and crowned by an eagle trampling a crescent moon. The Chesme Column, a white version of the red Rostral Columns in St. Petersburg, was erected in 1774–78 in the Catherine Park to the design of Antonio Rinaldi to celebrate Russian naval victories in the recent war against Turkey (1768–74). On three sides of the grey marble pedestal are bronze bas-reliefs depicting the sea battles, while a marble plaque attached to the south side of the pedestal tells the story of the victories. The monument stands on a granite stylobate in the form of a truncated pyramid that rises straight out of the water.
Next to the Chesme Column, in the centre of the Great Pond, there is a small island on which there is a hall that was once used for concerts. The island can be reached by ferry.
To the left in the background is Grotto pavilion, built earlier, in 1755–56
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carlo62 (13544) 2013-03-06 6:22
un luogo bellissimo, ben fotografato e con una splendido riflesso che ne aumenta la bellezza.
cargus (6556) 2013-03-06 9:10
La lumière, la couleur et le contraste sont excellents, superbe les réflexions dans l'eau, clarté d'image très bonne, excellente…
cornejo (18714) 2013-03-06 9:59
Hi Jenna, I like this good and nice photo of this interesting and large pond. A lovely image with good sharpness, depth, light and color. Very good and nice job perfectly done, congratulations my friend. Thanks for sharing this interesting work.
Good day and happy week.
Greetings from southern Spain.
siudzi (24689) 2013-03-06 11:11
Wow! What a superb composition of this amazing place! Really like the wonderful water reflection effect and symmetrical crop. Very well seen and taken. Like it!
rigoletto (31014) 2013-03-06 13:49
Even though staying in St Petersburg for 10 days, i missed the chance to visit Tsarskoye Selo (i only saw the place from afar, while going on train heading to Velikiy Novgorod).
Great reflections and very attractive result.
If you can arrange the exposure of your camera, you can try a less brighter version in your future visit :)
photoray (5000) 2013-03-06 14:04
A fine view of Catherine Park mirrored in the water, with the dominating Chesme Column and a glimpse of Grotto Pavilion. And a bonus with your informative historical note.
I would truly enjoy visiting here.
Noel_Byrne (8073) 2013-03-06 14:08
A very beautiful reflection, and the image conTains so many interesting elements. This once again shows the opulence of this amazing place, there seems no end to the gems this park offers. Thanks also for the excellent note, this really is such a cool place.