The Corroded Iron Curtain

Russia or bust, we headed to what was once the Iron Curtain during the Communist control of the eastern European countries and fortunately, that curtain corroded so those countries can now display their illustrious histories and cultures.

From Helsinki, Finland, Russia’s neighbor on the border we entered Russia with the destination of St. Petersburg.  Our guides asked us to put away our cameras and take no photos at the passport checkpoints; there were no smiling Russians in eyesight in this area.

After we got through the passport checkpoint we stopped at the Peter and Paul Cathedral and Fortress.  It was a beautiful fortress on Hare Island but its history reports that it was not a nice place.  Wikipedia mentions the following history:  “The Peter and Paul Fortress is the original citadel of St. PetersburgRussia, founded by Peter the Great in 1703 and built to Domenico Trezzini‘s designs from 1706 to 1740.  In the early 1920s, it was still used as a prison and execution ground by the Bolshevik government.”  Many political prisoners wrote of their incarceration when they were released and embellished their propaganda to ensure the Bolshevik revolutionary sentiment was spread but the prison was not as bad as reported.  Read more of the history here .  I mentioned that this fortress was built on Hare Island, the information about Hare Island is found on these two links:  Hare Island and Legend of the Hare Statues .

The drive to Russia passed many Dachas (a country house or cottage in Russia, typically used as a second or vacation home); we were told that during the Communist Revolution, these homes were sold to the people for approximately $25 and many people still live in them today while others were left dilapidated to fall apart.

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This is the Peter and Paul Cathedral and Fortress.

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The Fortress Battery.

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A couple of our tour members taking photos of a hare statue.

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This is my door post at a gift shop at the Fortress.

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And, a view of the Neva River from the Fortress; the Hermitage Museums are across the Neva River.

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This is the end of this post but there are more posts coming from the Russian tour.  Thanks for visiting my post and thanks to Norm 2.0 for his creation of the Thursday Doors website.  For more posts and photos of doors by others please go to: Thursday Doors.

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13 thoughts on “The Corroded Iron Curtain

    1. Thanks, Dan! The dachas are part of the Russian history and landscape as you pass them along the major roads to the big cities. Some of them have been kept up but they often have corrugated metal roofs. I’ll post a dacha later on from a retired Russian guy that does a lot of wood work and it was quite amazing.

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  1. Good to “see” you back! Am surprized at the wooden houses (not common for Eastern Europe, but in many ways Russia is different from the other (former East Block countries). I love the traditional Russian music – their (choral) singing is impressive. Great find for Thurs. doors!

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    1. Thanks, Jesh! I’ve been doing some photo shoots and the editing has consumed some time and for the current month we’re hosting my wife’s friends from China so more time diverted from posting and reviewing others’ posts. Hope to catch up one of these days.
      Heard you guys had a scare from the wildfires and hope you’re safe and doing well.

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      1. Am wondering why I didn’t see your comment on my blog (thought all the replies would automatically come to my blog?) Still don’t know many things in wordpress, ugh. /fortunately the fire close to us was quickly under control, although because of the wind I smelled ashes for a week. Thanks for your concern!

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  2. On our trip around the Baltic sea we also hit the russian border.
    geriatrixcorner.wordpress.com/2017/05/12/external-border-of-europe/
    geriatrixcorner.wordpress.com/2017/05/19/along-the-russian-border/
    We wanted to go to Königsberg, but there was too much planning ahead. I look forward to another “Russian” post.

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