Wednesday, April 13, 2016

St Petersburg Parks and Gardens

Date of visit: 22nd October 2015

Sceneries at the parks and gardens during autumn are simply breathtaking. I was impatient to share some of the photos that I snapped from the trip, hence, as soon as I came home, I straightaway create a special entry in my blog. You may read them again here, the last day of October month 2015 where I shared few photos of Anne and I mingled at the park that separates the St Isaac Cathedral and the famous Bronze Horseman. We were there while waiting to enter St Isaac Cathedral on our last day in St Petersburg. Before moving on to the final city of the 4th leg, I wish to share some articles and links from my favorite website, Wikipedia in this entry accompanied with more of my favorite photos. 

Parks and fencing that separate the National Museum with the Church of the spilled blood, no. 1favorite

Saint Petersburg is a home to numerous parks and gardens, some of the most famous of which are situated in the southern suburbs, including but not limited to one of the largest English gardens in Europe which is in Pavlovsk Park. Sosnovka is the largest park within the limits of the city proper, occupying an approximate area of 240 ha. The Summer Garden is the oldest one, dating back to the early 18th century and designed in the regular style following the great King, Peter's order. It is situated on the southern bank of the Neva at the head of the Fontanka and is famous for its cast iron railing and marble sculptures.

Among other notable parks are the Maritime Victory Park on Krestovsky Island and the Moscow Victory Park in the south, both commemorating the victory over Nazi Germany in the Second World War, as well as the Central Park of Culture and Leisure occupying Yelagin Island and the Tauride Garden around the Tauride Palace. The most common trees grown in the parks are the English oak, Norway maple, green ash, silver birch, Siberian larch, blue spruce, crack willow, limes, and poplars. Important dendrological collections dating back to the 19th century are hosted by the Saint Petersburg Botanical Garden and the Park of the Forestry Academy.

In order to commemorate 300 years anniversary of Saint Petersburg a new park was laid out. The park is situated in the north western part of the city. The construction was started in 1995. It is planned to connect the park with the pedestrian bridge to the territory of Lakhta Center's recreation areas. In the park there are 300 trees of valuable sorts, 300 decorative apple trees and 70 limes. 300 other trees and bushes were planted. These trees were presented to Saint Petersburg by non-commercial and educational organizations of the city, its sister-cities, city of Helsinki, heads of other regions of Russia, German Savings Bank and other people and organizations.

Anne and I felt very much lucky being able to visit Scandinavian cities and Russia in the month of October. We were able to see something that is unavailable to see in our hot and humid country; that is green leafs turn yellowish due to hard cold weather. Autumns is always a great weather and pleasant time of the year. Should we were touring 2 weeks later or a month later, the leaves on the trees might have gone bald. In addition, St Petersburg has a serene views of calming waters that you may to enjoy while passing rows and rows of its canals. 

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