Constructed in 1771 in the Catherine Park to the design of the architect Yury Velten, his creation is the first Neo-Gothic structure in any Russian park. From the outside the tower looks like a Doric column that has sunk into the ground. It is topped by a large square platform supporting a round pavilion whose walls are pierced by lancet arches.
The wall facing the park is perforated by a semicircular arch. The gigantic keystone of this arch bears the inscription: “This stone was placed in 1768 in memory of the war declared on Russia by the Turks.” The arch serves as the entrance to a narrow corridor on the right side of which a spiral ramp begins the access to the upper platform. From up there, at a height of 21 metres, you get a splendid view of the Landscape Park.
The surface of the plaster was artificially aged with cracks imitating natural wear-and-tear. Because of this the tower resembled the ruins of some work of fortification, interest in which was particularly strong in the second half of the eighteenth century: the architects of that time appreciated the beauty of the picturesque ruins of Greece and Rome and created their own artificial ruins, producing an atmosphere of melancholy in the parks.
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marabu61 (10717) 2013-03-09 15:44
Now that is what I call "shabby shick" with all that plaster and paint flaking of the building. Nice contrast with the well kept garden around it and lovely and deep saturated colors, this looks like a very pleasant place to stroll around.
have a good sunday
emka (94572) 2013-03-09 23:44
Very interesting false romantic ruin. Nice presentation from catherina park.
have a beautiful Sunday
Noel_Byrne (30191) 2013-03-10 8:22
What a cool place! I love the idea of the architect to create these fake ruins, and to even go so far as to age them so they look more ruined. Its a fantastically unique place, and I love the colours too.
thanks for the great note which gives me a grand insight into the history here.
All the best