Wednesday, July 8, 2015

St. Petersburg, Russia: Triumphal Gate

Remind me to put this in my next book, "Pictures of landmarks taken through a bus window." I'm started to get good at it, although the inevitable reflection is always depressing. But if it's the only way to get the shot ...

Not too many people remember the Russians' big win over Turkey in the 1828-29 war. The winners decided to celebrate with this structure, which was completed almost 10 years later.

Stalin wanted to move it all to Moscow, but World War II got in the way. The structure was dismantled and used as a barrier to prevent Nazi tanks from coming into the city from the South. The gate was put back together around 1960.

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