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Petersburg sphinxes

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“Embankment of the Neva at the Academy of Arts. View of the pier with the Egyptian sphinxes in the afternoon. ”1835. Vorobiev Maxim Nikiforovich (1787-1855). Russian Museum


"Eyes to eyes fixed, silent,
Filled with holy longing
They seem to hear the waves
Another solemn river.
For them, children of millennia,
Only a dream - visions of these places,
And this firmament, and these walls,
And your cross raised to the sky. "
Valery Bryusov

Ancient Egypt in images and paintings. The article about the apostate pharaoh Akhenaten aroused great interest among the VO readership. Send suggestions: tell us about that, tell us about it ... Oh, if I had been to Egypt, and most importantly, I could drive down the Nile from the temples of Abu Simbel to its Delta, then ... yes, I could tell a lot then. By the way, VO already had a series of articles "War, gold, pyramids", there were articles about the Battle of Kadesh, the "silver coffin" of Pharaoh Psusennes I, articles about ancient Egyptian fashions and warriors of ancient Egypt, and even about the gold and iron daggers of Pharaoh Tutankhamun ... but история Egypt is so rich and inexhaustible that, even without visiting it, you can quite find something very interesting, including one directly connected ... with Russia. It turns out that although we are far from each other geographically, in a number of cases we turned out to be quite close. In particular, it is in our country that there are two huge granite sphinxes depicting the father of the heretic pharaoh Akhenaten - Amenhotep III. And although their lips are made of granite, they can tell us a lot!

Petersburg sphinxes
"Sphinxes on the embankment of the Neva". Geftler Karl Eduardovich (1856-1918). Private collection

And it so happened that these sphinxes were ordered by the powerful pharaoh Amenhotep III and placed in front of his funeral temple. They stood on the right bank of the Nile, not far from the famous "colossus of Memnon", but years passed, then centuries, then millennia, and this temple collapsed, and the sphinxes were covered by the desert sands.


"View of the Neva at the Descent of the Academy of Arts." Perrault Ferdinand-Victor (1808-1841). Hermitage

Then, already in the 20s. XIX century. the first archaeological excavations began in the area of ​​the ancient city of Thebes. And the Greek Egyptologist Janis Atonazis, who represented the interests of the British Consul General in Egypt, Henry Salt, was lucky to find them. Although what, in fact, he was an Egyptologist, when Egyptology as a science at that time was still only in his own eyes and was born. After all, the exploration of Atonasis took place almost simultaneously with the famous expedition of Jean-Francois Champollion to Egypt, the purpose of which was to replenish the Egyptian collection of the Louvre. Champollion liked the sphinx very much and tried to find money to buy both sphinxes. Therefore, one of them was sent on a raft to Alexandria in order to expedite their sale.


Sphinx with the head of Hatshepsut. Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York

Champollion then wrote that the sphinxes are undoubtedly sculptural portraits of those kings whose names are inscribed on the bases of such monuments. But I didn't buy the Sphinxes right away. Not enough money!


"View of the Academy of Arts from the Neva", 1880. " Lev Feliksovich Lagorio (1826-1905). Research Museum of the Russian Academy of Arts, St. Petersburg

And then, in turn, Andrei Nikolaevich Muravyov, a young Russian officer, a participant in the just dead Russian-Turkish war of 1828-1829, saw them. And in Egypt, he happened to be. I decided to look to the East, and ... I started from Egypt. The sphinx he saw in Alexandria struck him to the core, and he decided that it would be nice to buy a pair of such sphinxes for Russia.


"Marina at the Academy of Arts on a moonlit night." Sazhin Mikhail Makarovich (1818-1887). Late 1830-1840s State Museum of the History of St. Petersburg

It is clear that he also did not have money, but he wrote to the Russian ambassador in Constantinople, and he sent it along with the drawing to Emperor Nicholas I through diplomatic channels. Academy of Arts: will this acquisition be useful for Russia? And the Academy said: “Useful!”, And the tsar replied: “Let's buy!”, Although he did not manage to immediately sign the decision of the Academic Council. However, the issue was still resolved positively. Moreover, it was decided to arrange a granite pier right in front of the Academy building and decorate it with the figures of these two sphinxes, they say, here both benefit and beauty will be fused to you! The work on the design of the pier was entrusted to the architect Konstantin Andreevich Ton.


The initial design of the pier. Architect K.A. Kon

By the way, at first the pier had to be decorated with equestrian figures. But for their casting they asked for a very expensive one. The Academy did not have such money.


Sphinx from ancient Thebes. Modern look. (Photo by A. Timofeeva)

Mobile phones were then absent, letters took months, so while the emperor's decision reached Alexandria, the impatient Greek had already sold the sphinxes to the French government so that they would decorate one of the squares of Paris. And we would not have seen these sphinxes, as our ears, if in 1830 another revolution had not begun in France. In these conditions, her government was no longer up to the sphinxes, and it canceled the deal.


“Autumn night in St. Petersburg. A pier with Egyptian sphinxes on the Neva at night. " 1835. Vorobiev M. N. State Tretyakov Gallery

It was then that our Muravyov arrived in time and bought the Sphinxes for 64 rubles in banknotes - a lot of money for that time.


A sketch of the embankment decoration after receiving information about the purchase of sphinxes ...

However, it was not enough to buy. The question arose of how to deliver them to Russia. After all, each sphinx weighed as much as 23 tons!

Had to go to extra costs. First of all, the ship "Buena Speranza" (Good Hope) was chartered, then a floating pier was built from thick logs, and on the ship itself, the loading hatch was increased and the bottom of the ship was reinforced with thick logs.

And on May 29, 1831, the sphinxes began to be loaded onto this ship. The first sphinx was lifted over the floating pier by a crane, brought to the ship itself and began to slowly lower it into the hold. There was less than a meter to the deck when there was a deafening rumble. The crane on the pier, unable to withstand the weight, swayed, its wooden gates broke, and the thick ropes on which it hung burst. The Sphinx fell to the deck, damaged the mast and one of the sides, and the broken ropes damaged the right side of the head of one of the sphinxes. From the middle of his neck to the very top of his head, a deep furrow ran down his face.


Here is a trace from this incident

The pier had to be strengthened, the crane repaired, and the sphinx lowered into the hold crushed all the logs-rollers that were placed under it! True, they managed to lower the second sphinx into the hold without incident, and there they were both securely secured in case of storms. Separately, pieces of granite were loaded into boxes - to repair the damage.


This is how the sphinxes look on the embankment today. The massive pedestal adds greatness to them!

The Buena Speranza sailed to Russia ... for a whole year! Exactly how long it took her to sail from Alexandria to Petersburg around Europe! It was only in the summer of 1832 that she entered the waters of the Neva, and the sphinxes were unloaded from her hold. But ... since the embankment was not yet ready to receive them, they were placed in the courtyard of the Academy, where they stood for another two years.


And at dawn, as expected, the sphinxes look at the sun ...

Only in April 1834 they were finally erected on the granite pedestals, on which they still stand. And nine years later (that's how slowly people lived at that time!) The monumental master S. L. Anisimov carved an inscription on each pedestal confirming their origin: "The Sphinx from ancient Thebes in Egypt was transported to the city of St. Peter in 1832".


Here is the inscription!

High bronze lamps (girandoli) designed by the architect K.A.Ton, decorated with cast reliefs, became an additional decoration of the pier with the sphinxes. Below, they lean on powerful lion paws. The reliefs at the top of the lamps depict dancing Greek girls, and below, leaves and stems are intertwined. Although the design has changed, Ton still retains these antique-style bronze pillars. They were cast at the Kolpino plant by master P.P. Gede.


And the pier is decorated with four cast griffins ...


And bronze lamps - girandoli

Undoubtedly, Russian Egyptologists were interested in the inscription made on the bases of the sphinxes. There are two inscriptions, and they encircle each sculpture. Their length is significant - from 5,5 to 6,5 m. There are inscriptions on the chest of the sphinxes (the royal cartouche with the name of the pharaoh), and in front of their outstretched paws.


Hieroglyphic inscription on the side between the paws

The inscriptions were easy to read. This was the title of Amenhotep III, in which he was called "the mighty calf", "the son of Ra, his favorite", "the Lord of eternity" and many other beautiful names. But scientists have noticed that the depth of the inscriptions carved into the stone varies. That is, some inscriptions were scraped off and replaced with others. Moreover, this was done in a hurry, because, having changed one word, the masters often forgot to change another, connected with it grammatically and in meaning. As a result, it turned out that the text praising the "mighty calf" began to contain gross errors and ridiculous phrases, which initially simply could not have been.


Do you know what is written here? Here is the translation: "May God live, Nebmaatra, heir of Ra, son of Ra, Amenhotep, ruler of Thebes, beloved of Amun-Ra." Nebmaatra is the throne name of Amenhotep III

Moreover, some hieroglyphs are carved very beautifully, with diligence, while others somehow and clearly in a hurry. That is, some signs and inscriptions were cut down, and new ones were carved in their place. Then these new signs were also cut down and new hieroglyphs were cut out.


Rear view

And the reason was very simple. Pharaoh Akhenaten, in the course of his reform, so fiercely took up arms against the old gods that he ordered everywhere, including on the monuments of his father, to destroy the names of the god Amun, as well as all the hieroglyphs depicting sacred animals that the Egyptians worshiped. And then ... then they had to be cut out again and it was done in a hurry. Moreover, the beards of the sphinxes were also beaten off at that distant time. The son did not even spare the monuments of his father - that is how Akhenaten was a principled person!


And this, as you can see, is the tail!

For the Egyptians, the sphinx symbolized strength and intelligence. They believed that by placing them at the entrance to the pharaoh's tomb or temple, they would thus protect them from a hostile world. They possessed the power of the gods, and after they began to deify his kings in Egypt, they began to depict the sphinxes with the faces of the pharaoh and always with the attributes of their power: a headscarf - nemis, urey - the image of the head of a sacred cobra, and a necklace around the neck.


Sometimes sphinxes take on a completely mystical appearance.

During the Great Patriotic War, wooden fences filled with sandbags were built around the sphinxes to protect against shell fragments. Then in 1959 their first restoration was carried out, and in 2002 - the second. However, for the uninitiated, they look just fine, exactly as the finds that have come to us from the depths of centuries should look!

PS The author is grateful to A. Timofeeva and N. Mikhailov for their photographs of the sphinxes.
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  1. depressant
    depressant April 22 2021 18: 19
    +12
    As it turned out, history was even rewritten with a hammer and a chisel!
    Thank you, Vyacheslav Olegovich! )))
    1. Trilobite Master
      Trilobite Master April 22 2021 18: 48
      +10
      Oh, don't say, Lyudmila Yakovlevna ...
      And now some are trying. And the result will be the same - blood and the curse of descendants.
      1. Richard
        Richard April 22 2021 19: 03
        +13
        The author is grateful to A. Timofeeva and N. Mikhailov for their photographs of the sphinxes.

        And not only the Author. And so do we. Amazing photo!
        Thanks Nikolay drinks
        1. Richard
          Richard April 22 2021 19: 34
          +26
          Nikolay, for your excellent photos of the St. Petersburg Sphynxes - as a cat lover, let me wholeheartedly dedicate a reproduction of your fellow Leningrad artist Vladimir Rumyantsev

          Best regards
          Dmitriy
          1. ee2100
            ee2100 April 22 2021 19: 38
            +9
            Hi Dmitry!
            A very emotional and purely St. Petersburg picture! I see it for the first time.
            And if you remember that across the road is the Academy of Arts ...
            It's just very deep.
            Thank you!
            1. Richard
              Richard April 22 2021 22: 18
              +5
              Greetings, Sasha
              Thanks for the kind words drinks
              1. ee2100
                ee2100 April 22 2021 22: 20
                +5
                I remember this artist. He has a picture of a cat with Pushkin. Very cordial!
                I saw this one for the first time
                1. Catfish
                  Catfish April 23 2021 10: 02
                  +9
                  Sasha, good morning. smile
                  Which one did you mean? I like both.

                  1. ee2100
                    ee2100 April 23 2021 11: 55
                    +5
                    Good afternoon, Konstantin!
                    I meant the first one. I'm not a cat lover, but here cats are not the main thing, but the main thing is the spirit!
                    The first one is to please. There is some kind of flair and Peter and Pushkin
                    1. Catfish
                      Catfish April 23 2021 12: 09
                      +5
                      Yes, the work was done in a great mood. Neg, by the way, has a lot of nice things. smile
          2. Moskovit
            Moskovit April 23 2021 08: 44
            +5
            Unfortunately, he passed away a couple of years ago. Created a whole universe of cats!
        2. 3x3zsave
          3x3zsave April 22 2021 20: 45
          +5
          Well, thank you from me, friend and competitor! laughing
          1. 3x3zsave
            3x3zsave April 22 2021 21: 02
            +8
            And the "minus", for the rare idiocy, too - thanks!
            1. Pane Kohanku
              Pane Kohanku April 22 2021 21: 07
              +7
              And the "minus", for the rare idiocy, too - thanks!

              I found one like this .. Let's live, Mayn Freund! Thank you! drinks I'm not your competitor. I just .. went! drinks At the same time, mine also had a photo in the archives. yes
              1. 3x3zsave
                3x3zsave April 22 2021 21: 28
                +6
                I'm not your competitor
                It's clear. My woman's name is Clea (well, at the moment), yours is by a different name.
                1. Pane Kohanku
                  Pane Kohanku April 22 2021 21: 32
                  +6
                  It's clear. My woman's name is Clea (well, at the moment), yours is by a different name.

                  I'm talking about photographs. laughing Keep Clea for yourself. And Desdemona too. And galoshes in size 52.
                  1. 3x3zsave
                    3x3zsave April 22 2021 21: 42
                    +3
                    Keep Clea for yourself.
                    Essenno !!! The only woman to whom I will always be faithful!
              2. Catfish
                Catfish April 23 2021 10: 13
                +4
                Kolya, hi! smile
                Thank you and Vyacheslav for the sphinxes! good drinks
                1. Pane Kohanku
                  Pane Kohanku April 23 2021 10: 16
                  +3
                  Thank you and Vyacheslav for the sphinxes!

                  This is all thanks to our much-loved Vyacheslav Olegovich. I was just holding a candle. It was a sunny day, the western sVinks could only be photographed from the ass, and it was dazzling. drinks Glad you're glad!
        3. Pane Kohanku
          Pane Kohanku April 22 2021 21: 06
          +6
          Thanks Nikolay

          Dmitry, your words are especially dear! soldier Thank you! But one photo is not mine ... but the one with me! drinks Very glad!
          1. Mihaylov
            Mihaylov April 23 2021 10: 07
            +4
            Quote: Pane Kohanku
            thanks! But one photo is not mine ... but the one with me! drinks Very happy!

            Good afternoon Nikolay, great photos!
            BUT! sfixes are good, but first of all, they are interested in lions (those under which treasures are buried) wassat
            1. Pane Kohanku
              Pane Kohanku April 23 2021 10: 14
              +5
              BUT! sfixes are good, but first of all, they are interested in lions (those under which treasures are buried)

              I cannot say for the treasures. wink But in the Novgorod Kremlin, in front of the museum, there are also lions. According to popular belief, it is believed that they were brought from the village of Gruzino - the estate of Count Arakcheev. October 2019, photo by A.T.
              1. Mihaylov
                Mihaylov April 23 2021 10: 16
                +3
                Quote: Pane Kohanku
                But in the Novgorod Kremlin, in front of the museum, there are also lions. According to popular belief, it is believed that they were brought from the village of Gruzino - the estate of Count Arakcheev.

                But still: where did the old countess hide her treasures?
                Piastres, piastres, piastres! wassat
                1. Pane Kohanku
                  Pane Kohanku April 23 2021 10: 21
                  +5
                  But still: where did the old countess hide her treasures?

                  Let's create a pioneer squad and go looking for a bronze bird? wink
                  1. Mihaylov
                    Mihaylov April 23 2021 10: 30
                    +7
                    Quote: Pane Kohanku
                    Let's create a pioneer squad,

                  2. Catfish
                    Catfish April 23 2021 11: 24
                    +7
                    Are they all admitted to the squadron? I am affixed in advance. drinks
                    1. Pane Kohanku
                      Pane Kohanku April 23 2021 12: 48
                      +7
                      Are they all admitted to the squadron? I am affixed in advance.

                      To hell with the squad, to the treasure bath. Think small, my friends. request We must immediately create a sect! Detachments, treasures - this is all temporary, and sects will always be there, as long as there are those who are ready to happily carry money there! wassat
                      The preacher is St. Mikhail Velikoluzhsky, animator-entertainer - Morskiy Kota, deputy. in the historical part - S. Mikhailov, organizer of miracles - Anton 3x3zsave, responsible for public criticism - VikNik Undecim, head of agriculture and cultivation - Corsair, head of the PR and shock department - V.O. Shpakovsky. We will also select positions for the rest. I de jure do not participate, but half of the proceeds to me are for the idea! wink Will be called ... "The Society of Free Lovers of History and Handicrafts"!
                      1. Catfish
                        Catfish April 24 2021 02: 08
                        +2
                        Well, you love, sir, to breed bureaucracy, so any healthy idea can be leveled. smile
                      2. Korsar4
                        Korsar4 April 25 2021 08: 12
                        +3
                        Well, the role of Kopatych went to. And who will we cultivate?
                      3. Pane Kohanku
                        Pane Kohanku April 26 2021 10: 37
                        +3
                        Well, the role of Kopatych went to.

                        But as Karych I have always been associated with Viktor Nikolaevich. A wise raven who has his own opinion on everything. good drinks
                        And who will we cultivate?

                        Only permitted plants!
                      4. Korsar4
                        Korsar4 April 26 2021 10: 41
                        +2
                        Kar Karych always worked in tandem with Losyash.
                        They even ate soap together.
                      5. Pane Kohanku
                        Pane Kohanku April 26 2021 10: 49
                        +3
                        Kar Karych always worked in tandem with Losyash.
                        They even ate soap together.

                        And they played billiards ... "The party must be over!" stop
                      6. Korsar4
                        Korsar4 April 26 2021 13: 54
                        +1
                        A gambling group is being selected.
                      7. Pane Kohanku
                        Pane Kohanku April 26 2021 14: 00
                        +2
                        A gambling group is being selected.

                        Not that word! good Gardening will look like this ... In the role of the Hedgehog - Anton, judging by the hat. Krosh - Phil, like the most perky. He just relaxed after a hard day. drinks In a good way, don't think anything! stop
                      8. Korsar4
                        Korsar4 April 26 2021 14: 02
                        +1
                        Rather, the hockey team will run away.
                        And the paw allows you to carry a wheelbarrow?
                      9. Pane Kohanku
                        Pane Kohanku April 26 2021 14: 13
                        +2
                        And the paw allows you to carry a wheelbarrow?

                        Judging by the expression on his face, he is not happy ... By the way, it remains to appoint Losyash! wink
                      10. Korsar4
                        Korsar4 April 26 2021 15: 50
                        +1
                        This someone is physically educated.
                      11. Pane Kohanku
                        Pane Kohanku April 26 2021 16: 01
                        +2
                        This someone is physically educated.

                        Again Victor Nikolaevich turns out ... request Just by his manners, he does not look like Losyash at all! laughing
                      12. Korsar4
                        Korsar4 April 26 2021 17: 40
                        +1
                        We'll arrange the casting.
  • Krasnodar
    Krasnodar April 23 2021 19: 21
    +4
    Quote: Sea Cat
    Are they all admitted to the squadron? I am affixed in advance. drinks

    At least they were attributed in small letters from below - all models at the time of drawing the canvas were already 18 years old request
    1. Catfish
      Catfish April 24 2021 02: 10
      +2
      Hi Albert! hi
      So now the qualification has been lowered, you can go to the bath from fourteen. laughing
    2. Krasnodar
      Krasnodar April 24 2021 04: 05
      +2
      Greetings, Constantine! hi
      Still no - 16 (age of sexual consent) at least cite all the explanations of the plenums of the Supreme Court laughing
    3. Catfish
      Catfish April 24 2021 04: 10
      +2
      So I'm talking about the bath, and not about "sexual consent". laughing drinks
    4. Krasnodar
      Krasnodar April 24 2021 04: 13
      +2
      Well, I don’t argue - with a broom on the bare back = lecherous actions against a person who has not reached the age of sexual consent (even if she beats) drinks
      Article 135 of the Criminal Code of the Russian Federation - Criminal liability is established against a person who has reached the age of 18 for committing lecherous acts without the use of violence against a person who has not reached the age of 16 and puberty.
    5. Catfish
      Catfish April 24 2021 04: 24
      +2
      Hmmm, the question of "puberty" is, of course, a very delicate question. laughing
    6. Krasnodar
      Krasnodar April 24 2021 04: 57
      +2
      Decides age request
    7. Catfish
      Catfish April 24 2021 05: 04
      +2
      Come on, let's talk about weapons. laughing
      New articles by Linnik and Shpakovsky. Already got up to his ears. good drinks
    8. Krasnodar
      Krasnodar April 24 2021 05: 43
      +2
      Linnik has already read it - interesting, by the way))
  • Korsar4
    Korsar4 April 25 2021 08: 10
    +3
    Is it required from everyone, according to the inclinations?
  • depressant
    depressant April 22 2021 19: 06
    +8
    Yes, the motives are clear: against the background of the former greatness, the subsequent era, which did not manage to gain power, overlapping the achievements of the previous one, looks stunted in the eyes of its contemporaries who have not yet gone into oblivion. This means that with the help of a hammer and a chisel, or a plywood shutter, one must seem great, at least in the eyes of new generations. Such is the minimum program.
    1. Trilobite Master
      Trilobite Master April 22 2021 20: 02
      +8
      It's not for long. History will put everything in its place.
      1. depressant
        depressant April 22 2021 20: 34
        +6
        I join your hope. May our common come true!
        1. Monster_Fat
          Monster_Fat April 23 2021 10: 26
          +3
          ABOUT! What room for "alternatives"! Like "Chairman of SNT", "Conor", "Bullets" and others ... I mean the pictures with the sphinxes. Especially, the first picture - there and the sphinxes are turned in the other direction and are much larger than the present ones and the embankment looks different ...
          1. depressant
            depressant April 23 2021 10: 59
            +2
            Do you think the originals of the Sphinxes should be looked for in the palace of some nouveau riche? wassat good
  • ximkim
    ximkim April 22 2021 18: 28
    +10
    Unusual article.
    I liked it very much.
    1. Richard
      Richard April 22 2021 19: 11
      +9
      Excellent article!
      1. depressant
        depressant April 22 2021 19: 59
        +8
        And what the research material is!
        After all, a magical city is St. Petersburg, and its magic was captured and skillfully conveyed by the artists. On the "daytime" canvases of Vorobyov, Geftler and Perrault, by the technique of "low" aerial perspective, the viewer's gaze, sliding almost along the surface of the pedestrian zones, is taken away, albeit into a narrowing, but immense distance, and it seems the horizon itself, the contours of Europe and its cities will become distinguishable. I believe this technique is not accidental, the masters deliberately emphasized the kinship of St. Petersburg with Europe - according to where Peter looked and cut the window.
    2. Alien From
      Alien From April 22 2021 21: 46
      +3
      I join! Olegovich knows how to surprise!)
  • Bolt cutter
    Bolt cutter April 22 2021 18: 32
    +10
    There are monumental artifacts of Egypt in all great capitals - in St. Petersburg, London, Rome, Paris, New York (not the capital, but still). Even in Istanbul there is. There is also in Israel yes But there from Privoz from the Romans got a copy. In Warsaw, there are, but not their own, they took the Germans to use it (from a museum in Berlin).
    1. Phil77
      Phil77 April 22 2021 19: 19
      +10
      This is real greatness! Little Egypt has supplied museums all over the world with its artifacts!
      Hi Aleksey!
      Many thanks to the author for the most interesting article!
      1. Richard
        Richard April 22 2021 19: 48
        +13
        Hi Sergey hi
        Sphinxes "on the embankment" are not the only ones in St. Petersburg
        There are sphinxes in the courtyard of the Stroganov Palace.

        These two granite sphinxes are the very first ones to appear in St. Petersburg. Since 1796, they decorated the marina at the dacha of A.S. Stroganov. Since 1908, after the rebuilding of the dacha, they were transported several times until, finally, they took their final place - in the courtyard of the Stroganov Palace.

        There are also sphinxes on the Egyptian bridge. True, they are not Egyptian .. but Russian in origin

        This ancient bridge with four cast-iron sphinxes got its name because it was decorated in a typical Egyptian style. However, the sculptors of Pavel Sokolov are more reminiscent of the Greek sphinxes than the Egyptian ones - after all, they have female guises.
        There are sphinxes on the Malaya Nevka embankment. These sphinxes are nothing more than the original trial casts of the sphinxes from the Egyptian Bridge. Apparently, for some reason, rejected, these sphinxes were stored somewhere for a long time, and in 1971 they were installed on the pier of the Malaya Nevka embankment

        There are also other sphinxes - in the courtyard of the Mining Institute, on the Sverdlovskaya (Polyustrovskaya) embankment, on the Robespierre embankment. Unfortunately, Sergei, I don't have a photo of them.
        But you are an acknowledged master of illustrations. Help
        1. Van 16
          Van 16 April 22 2021 20: 55
          +5
          On Robespierre (Voskresenskaya embankment), they are very scary and very controversial from an aesthetic point of view .. an eerie sight ..
          hi
          1. 3x3zsave
            3x3zsave April 22 2021 21: 19
            +5
            Yes, Ivan, creepy. But the Shemyakin sphinxes stand in the right place, reminding that from "Smolny" to "Crosses" - an hour, at a leisurely pace.
            1. Pane Kohanku
              Pane Kohanku April 23 2021 09: 56
              +5
              But the Shemyakin sphinxes stand in the right place, reminding that from "Smolny" to "Crosses" - an hour, at a leisurely pace.

              Anton, do you love theater? wink In the 19th century, before the construction of the "Crosses", the main prison of the city was diagonally from the Mariinsky Theater - the Lithuanian Castle. One hundred meters distance. These were the former barracks of the Lithuanian regiment, rebuilt into a penitentiary institution. Naturally, in the February Revolution it was burned down by the "popular masses", and already under Iosif Vissarionovich, a "residential complex", as they would say now, was built in that place - in a characteristic style. hi
            2. Catfish
              Catfish April 23 2021 10: 11
              +4
              Yes, it’s an eerie spectacle, I agree with Ivan. I remember once, as if in the eighties, I ran into Peter Shemyakinsky in the backyard of a park - I almost vomited.

      2. Bolt cutter
        Bolt cutter April 22 2021 19: 53
        +7
        Good day, Sergey! The London Obelisk (Cleopatra's Needle) was erected on the Thames embankment in 1878.
        This obelisk was presented to Britain by the ruler of Egypt and Sudan, Mohammed Pasha, in gratitude for the victories of Nelson on the Nile and Ralph Abercrombie in the Battle of Alexandria in 1801. The government accepted the gift, but did not find money for transportation and the gift lay in Egypt (Alexandria) until 1877.
        Initially, the obelisk stood in Heliopolis under Thutmose3m.
        1. Bolt cutter
          Bolt cutter April 22 2021 20: 35
          +7
          There are also Sphinxes in London - two remakes, cast specifically for installation as part of the monument. On September 4, 1917, one of the 50 kg bombs from the German bomber Gotha exploded nearby - they decided to leave the damage as part of history. (Seen in the photo) A time capsule was laid in the step near the obelisk during installation, where, in addition to cigars, a hydraulic jack and a Bible all sorts of things) 12 photos of the best beauties of England were laid!
          1. kalibr
            April 22 2021 20: 57
            +6
            How great! I learned so much without being in London ...
            1. Richard
              Richard April 22 2021 22: 24
              +4
              I learned so much without being in London ...

              And how many interesting things will we learn if Alexei finally decides on an article about London and its history
              1. Pane Kohanku
                Pane Kohanku April 22 2021 23: 18
                +5
                And how many interesting things will we learn if Alexei finally decides on an article about London and its history

                I will join with jam and a propeller! drinks And I'm also very interested in ... Iona, the Hebrides and St. Kilda personally! These would be articles! good
        2. Kote Pan Kokhanka
          Kote Pan Kokhanka April 22 2021 20: 35
          +10
          By the way, the transportation of Cleopatra's Needle was also not without incident. During a storm, the vessel with the obelisk had to be abandoned due to the storm. This killed 6 sailors from the tug "Olga". Later, the barge was found and only then was towed to England.

          Drawing of a special barge "needle carrier".
          1. Bolt cutter
            Bolt cutter April 22 2021 20: 38
            +8
            The transportation was sponsored by Sir Erasmus Wilson, a renowned surgeon and dermatologist. Allocated 10000 full-weight pounds - more than a million by modern standards. And after his death, his property inherited by the will of The Royal College of Surgeons (he had no children) was tightened by 200000 "those old" pounds! Then in England doctors were paid well too yes
            1. Kote Pan Kokhanka
              Kote Pan Kokhanka April 22 2021 20: 46
              +7
              Quote: Bolt Cutter
              Allocated 10000 full-weight pounds-

              If I am not mistaken, then 5000 pounds were collected by the subjects of the British crown under a subscription. And later, another 2000 was dug up for re-towing of the obelisk.
              1. Bolt cutter
                Bolt cutter April 22 2021 20: 49
                +7
                The tablet on the basis of the stele does not mention other sources of funds, as does the vetch, but it is possible that this is so.
                1. Kote Pan Kokhanka
                  Kote Pan Kokhanka April 22 2021 21: 34
                  +5
                  I read about unusual ships in a handbook, at least ten years ago.
                  It was mentioned there that the dead sailors from the tug "Olga" were also listed on the obelisk.
                  1. Bolt cutter
                    Bolt cutter April 22 2021 21: 38
                    +5
                    To be honest, I haven't walked by there for a long time. It will be necessary to see.
      3. Pane Kohanku
        Pane Kohanku April 23 2021 16: 33
        +1
        Little Egypt has supplied museums all over the world with its artifacts!

        Sergei, it seems to me that there are so many Egyptian artifacts in the British Museum that we never dreamed of. what And when did the interest in Egypt arise? After the Napoleonic campaign, EMNIP? drinks He took archaeologists, botanists and other scientific public with him there, and the cunning-assed locals willingly shared mummies! wink

        From the wiki: Nevertheless, Napoleon's Egyptian expedition led to an increase in interest in the ancient history of Egypt. During the expedition, the Commission of Sciences and Arts worked, which collected and exported to Europe a huge number of historical monuments, as well as collected a lot of information about Egypt. In 1798, the Institute of Egypt was created, which marked the beginning of a large-scale rescue and study of the heritage of ancient Egypt.
  • Van 16
    Van 16 April 22 2021 18: 36
    +8
    Thank you, Vyacheslav Olegovich! I love St. Petersburg, I visit this pier every time I come. Many legends are associated with these sphinxes, often quite gloomy. But with the griffins below, on the contrary, there are a lot of light ones, and in general they are very cute)) and even, according to the stories, wishes are fulfilled))
  • Undecim
    Undecim April 22 2021 18: 36
    +9
    The initial design of the pier. Architect K.A. Kon

    Interesting typo.
    Architect Kon also existed, and not alone. There was even a woman architect with that name.
    1. The leader of the Redskins
      The leader of the Redskins April 22 2021 19: 16
      +11
      And yet, you must agree - the article is interesting.
      Thank you, Vyacheslav Olegovich!))
  • Trilobite Master
    Trilobite Master April 22 2021 18: 42
    +15
    What a pleasant surprise in the evening ...
    Thank you, Vyacheslav Olegovich.
    But I remember in one thousand nine hundred and eighty some year, my class and I went to Leningrad on an excursion and showed us, including these sphinxes. I remember even that guide - a middle-aged woman with a sweet voice. So she told us that the rebellious slaves recaptured the beard of the Sphinxes, since the beard was one of the symbols of power in Ancient Egypt. And to my question why it was impossible to carefully saw off this beard, she said that apparently the slaves were very angry at the pharaoh ... smile
    And I remembered:
    How to die bury
    Between the sphinxes in granite
    Sing songs and dance
    As I was once here.
    Not Moscow chimes,
    That all the talents have scored -
    Peter and Paul Cannon
    The last one will give me a salute ...

    smile
    1. Richard
      Richard April 22 2021 19: 16
      +8
      The magic of the white night lured
      You are a haze full of polar divas,
      Two divine beasts from the hundred-fold Thebes?
      Has pale Isis flooded you?

      What mystery petrified you
      Laughing twist of cruel lips?
      Midnight waves unfading spill
      Are you happier than the stars of the Saint Nile?

      So at the hour when two dawns torment us
      And they whisper with rays, deya spell,
      And amber is changing in the sky, -
      Like two sickles, lifting two tiaras,

      In each other's eyes - maidens or kings -
      You look, smiling and ardent.
      (Vyacheslav Ivanov. Sphinxes over the Neva, 1907)
    2. Kote Pan Kokhanka
      Kote Pan Kokhanka April 22 2021 20: 42
      +8
      Quote: Trilobite Master
      So she told us that the rebellious slaves recaptured the beard of the Sphinxes, since the beard was one of the symbols of power in Ancient Egypt.


      Before the New Kingdom, if I am not mistaken in Egypt, the idea was practiced that only one person could be bearded - Pharaoh. Even the women on the throne practiced wearing fake beards.
  • Van 16
    Van 16 April 22 2021 18: 52
    +11
    "When the Neva falls asleep tired
    and the animals in the zoo too
    two sphinxes descend from the pedestals
    at the Academy of Arts.
    They do not sleep and do not sit.
    They go to the lamps.
    They want to enjoy freedom
    then there will appear, then here.
    Between the open bridges
    stretching two necks gradually,
    flapping granite tails,
    lapping water from the steps.
    Excitement shines in the crafty one
    eyes are more transparent than mica.
    And dry on the asphalt for a long time
    wet cat footprints. "

    (c) Yurkov O.
    1. kalibr
      April 22 2021 19: 02
      +8
      What good poetry!
      1. Van 16
        Van 16 April 22 2021 19: 14
        +8
        I heard them right next to the sphinxes. Night, Neva, clouds in the sky, lanterns like two small moons, and the quiet voice of a middle-aged person who read them .. It impressed right up to goosebumps ..
        Then, at home, I found it on the Internet ..
  • Richard
    Richard April 22 2021 19: 18
    +9
    Sketch of our Sphinx at the excavation site, ed. J. Bonomi
  • Richard
    Richard April 22 2021 19: 19
    +8
    Petersburg Sphinxes are about 3,5 thousand years old. They are the oldest of all the monuments that only exist in Russia.
    From the XIV century. BC. the sphinxes guarded the tomb of the XNUMXth dynasty pharaoh Amenhotep III. His throne name was Nebmaatra, and he became famous as a temple builder and patron of the arts.
    They have no equal in terms of craftsmanship, abundance of inscriptions and safety.
    The inscriptions on them were first deciphered in 1912. acad. V.V. Struve. All inscriptions proclaim the titles of the pharaoh, the incarnate god on earth:
    “May Horus live, the Mighty Calf, shining in truth, establishing laws, calming both lands. Golden Horus, calf of kings, conqueror of nine bows. The king of Upper and Lower Egypt, the lord of both lands of Nebmaatra, the offspring of Ra. The son of Ra, his beloved Amenhotep is the ruler of Thebes, the image of Ra in front of both Earths. The proud-good lord of eternity, who is given life, constancy, happiness, health "
  • 3x3zsave
    3x3zsave April 22 2021 19: 22
    +3
    The article about ..... aroused great interest among the VO readership.
    Vyacheslav Olegovich! Falling into journalistic "stamps" !!!
    I have met it more than once, and it is depressing ...
    1. ee2100
      ee2100 April 22 2021 19: 42
      +5
      And also "aroused genuine interest of the VO readership"
      Join
      1. 3x3zsave
        3x3zsave April 22 2021 20: 08
        +6
        My dear, Alexander!
        I want this resource to become better by influencing authors whom I know, albeit indirectly. It is in this connection that I criticize Shpakovsky. Sorry if this is not so, but I got the impression that you have an idiosyncrasy for his work ...?
        1. ee2100
          ee2100 April 22 2021 20: 44
          +5
          Good evening!
          Below, a colleague of "11th" spoke out in the best possible way and succinctly!
          Since you have asked publicly about my attitude to the work of Shpakovsky, and I will answer the same quite openly.
          I have no ideosyncrasy for the work of this author, on the contrary, I like some of his articles on weapons.
          I have already noted that I am writing here either my opinion or what I do not like. In this case, there are no remarks in the text of the article, but there is no "zest" either, which could be expected from the historian.
          At the Sphynxes on Malaya Nevka, at one time, I fished. They are closer to me.
          He positions himself as a historian, whom he has long ceased to be (see Shpakovsky's biography), but in reality he writes on historical topics, well, let it be a writer!
          Something like that.
          1. kalibr
            April 22 2021 21: 18
            +2
            Quote: ee2100
            I have no ideosyncrasy for the work of this author.

            There is an author!
          2. vladcub
            vladcub April 22 2021 22: 05
            +8
            Alexander, (ee2100) You, almost completely voiced my attitude towards V.O: he does not cause vomiting in me, I have said more than once and will repeat: he and Valery are the best authors and even if they do not agree with them, they are worthy, to be read carefully.
            I am interested in his work on firearms. Yes, he has an opinion of bright or brighter works, but this is for ALL AUTHORS
            1. ee2100
              ee2100 April 22 2021 22: 11
              +2
              Good evening! I did not write bad words about the author. And even more so about the article. The fact that Shpakovsky often uses "cliches" is not only visible to me.
              Supported a colleague.
              And here is such a reaction!
              There are many authors on the site who I don't want to comment on, but since Shpakovsky positions himself as a historian, excuse him for a different attitude and more should be expected from him.
        2. ee2100
          ee2100 April 22 2021 20: 49
          0
          Well, I wanted to write about it, but I thought it was not worth it, but he was right there.
          Shpakovsky pretends to be an intellectual in the third generation, and often behaves a bit on the resource.
          1. kalibr
            April 22 2021 21: 02
            +2
            Oh, Alexander, just from the third, absolutely everything is possible. You see a cretin - you say - a cretin. So "often" this upbringing still affects me in a not very good way.
            1. ee2100
              ee2100 April 22 2021 21: 07
              +3
              Probably you have a bad climate in Penza or the ecology since you are so unrestrained. Or rather irritated and irritable.
              1. kalibr
                April 22 2021 21: 16
                +2
                Our climate is just good. But before everything else ... I've had enough restraint in my life, and what's the use? I was surrounded by fools with a scoop, and even now I come across a lot of them on the way. But then it was necessary to bow before everyone, and suddenly the hegemon, and now it is possible without it. So it's better like Rzhevsky: "The hussars are used to expressing themselves bluntly!" You start to flirt, not everyone understands yet. But "cattle" we all understand. And this is the main thing!
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                3. ee2100
                  ee2100 April 22 2021 21: 25
                  +2
                  The "cattle intellectual" is something new!
                  1. kalibr
                    April 22 2021 21: 35
                    +4
                    Quote: ee2100
                    "A cattle intellectual"

                    Flesh of the flesh of the people, is it really not clear? There is nothing new in this ...
                    1. ee2100
                      ee2100 April 22 2021 21: 42
                      +2
                      I went to the site "about doctors" and was not surprised, in Penza one psychiatrist accounts for approx. 3700 inhabitants, this is probably the first place in the Russian Federation, and maybe in the world!
                      For comparison, in Moscow - 5000, St. Petersburg - 5900, Saratov - 7800, Rostov - Don - 10500, etc.
                      Demand creates offers!
                      Maybe it's ecology after all? And then you have some kind of inadequate reaction.
                      1. kalibr
                        April 22 2021 21: 46
                        +3
                        This just speaks of the reasonable attitude of the Penza residents to their health, has it occurred to you? Smart people live here, do not hesitate to talk about their problems. That is why there are many doctors. And where there are few of them ... those who hide everything in themselves live. But then ... ha - it comes out. So your indicator as indicates stupid people, not smart. Explained easily? And my reaction is the most normal, whom I see is the one I sing ...
                      2. ee2100
                        ee2100 April 22 2021 21: 54
                        +2
                        As always, you pretend not to understand. After all, these doctors need to earn money, i.e. they need patients. As you yourself wrote, the Penza residents have enough psychiatric problems, since they speak openly about them.
                        A psychiatrist does not treat normal people, but only with problems, which means that there are enough of them in Penza. People in Rostov-on-Don are three times healthier than in Penza
                      3. kalibr
                        April 23 2021 05: 49
                        +1
                        Quote: ee2100
                        People in Rostov-on-Don are three times healthier than in Penza

                        Or there are more people who are embarrassed to admit it, which is more correct! The approximate level of "disorder" we have is the same everywhere. Here the social composition varies greatly, as does the mentality.
                      4. ee2100
                        ee2100 April 23 2021 06: 36
                        +1
                        You need to develop a new direction in logic, you look and it will be called by your name.
                        "there are more people who are embarrassed to admit it, which is more correct!" Those. in Penza, unlike the rest of Russia, do not be afraid to admit that they are mentally unhealthy, and everyone else is "shy"! Do you even understand what you are writing? Penza mental anomaly!
                        This is the same as I would read your article about swords today and conclude that in ancient times people were weak and could not lift a sword weighing more than 2 kg.
                        Good luck, go for it!
                      5. kalibr
                        April 23 2021 06: 41
                        +1
                        No new directions needed, Alexander. This direction is old. It is called dialectics. That is, it is impossible to consider some phenomenon on the basis of one variable. In one and the same phenomenon, sometimes directly opposite components are hidden. Do you understand this? And in antiquity, yes - people were not weak, but weaker than modern ones. And their palms are already ...
                      6. ee2100
                        ee2100 April 23 2021 07: 26
                        +1
                        You are probably talking about dialectical materialism? Then it's hard to disagree with you.
                        The mental health of an entire region is not “one variable,” as you may call it. Read a textbook on psychiatry. Very interesting.
                      7. kalibr
                        April 23 2021 07: 53
                        +1
                        Alexander, I already wrote to you that in our correspondence there is only the benefit that it is, that is, it is nothing more than a reason for clicks. The more there are not, the better it is for me. Therefore, it is useless to advise me to read something, to be interested in something, and to do something. I, like the pharaohs Dr. Egypt: "the deeds are excellent, and the thoughts are incomparable!"
                      8. ee2100
                        ee2100 April 23 2021 08: 06
                        +2
                        Be sick, be healthy!
  • vladcub
    vladcub April 22 2021 21: 51
    +6
    "was surrounded by fools at the scoop" Oh, remember that he promised to swear with you, here is the reason: you are an intelligent person and respect your readers, and if it is so it is not worth saying that.
    Not everyone is pleased. For example, my youth is dear to me.
    1. kalibr
      April 23 2021 05: 46
      +2
      Quote: vladcub
      For example, my youth is dear to me.

      So you're in luck. And they did not surround you ... That's all. Why take everything personally?
      1. vladcub
        vladcub April 23 2021 09: 28
        +3
        "There are two troubles in Russia, fools and roads" - of course, what is this expression
        And where there are no fools and never were? "I don't know such a land '(c)
  • Astra wild2
    Astra wild2 April 22 2021 22: 33
    +3
    Colleagues: Alexander, Vyacheslav Olegovich, may be enough picking?
    Both are smart and well-mannered, and you start teasing as boys.
    Trust the woman that it doesn't paint you
    1. ee2100
      ee2100 April 22 2021 22: 35
      +3
      Shpakovsky has gone to bed, it's already finished!
    2. Pane Kohanku
      Pane Kohanku April 22 2021 23: 24
      +5
      Colleagues: Alexander, Vyacheslav Olegovich, may be enough picking?

      I looked ... Sorry, I didn't see the pick from the very beginning. I will join Vera-Astra - it’s worthless. Both. Regards to both! hi
    3. kalibr
      April 23 2021 05: 47
      +1
      Quote: Astra wild2
      Trust the woman that it doesn't paint you

      Already, Astra, nothing paints me at all, so I can.
      1. Astra wild2
        Astra wild2 April 23 2021 07: 03
        +2
        Good morning. It's better not to do it anyway
        1. kalibr
          April 23 2021 07: 49
          +2
          Quote: Astra wild2
          It's better not to do it anyway

          Well, that's how it goes. For me, the whole world is just a picture in my imagination. It doesn't really exist! And in the imagination, as you know, everything is possible ... Well, except what is disgusting.
          1. Astra wild2
            Astra wild2 April 23 2021 12: 19
            +1
            And in my imagination you are in a pioneer tie and a large bouquet of flowers
  • Pane Kohanku
    Pane Kohanku April 22 2021 21: 16
    +6
    My dear, Alexander!

    Alexander please love and favor! drinks Who else will share material from the Baltics with us ?! good
    1. ee2100
      ee2100 April 22 2021 21: 26
      +5
      I think that many people know where I am from, but thanks anyway, Nikolay!
      1. 3x3zsave
        3x3zsave April 22 2021 22: 20
        +5
        Here many do not know who is from where.
        1. ee2100
          ee2100 April 22 2021 22: 28
          +4
          That's it, the guns have fired! Even the echoes from the blanks died away.
          Time to sleep drinks
          1. 3x3zsave
            3x3zsave April 22 2021 22: 55
            +4
            "To those who go to bed:
            Restful sleep! "(C)
  • kalibr
    April 22 2021 20: 45
    +6
    Quote: ee2100
    Join

    "Golodrantsi from this svyitu - get it to buy!"
    1. 3x3zsave
      3x3zsave April 22 2021 20: 53
      +2
      Ay, thank you, Vyacheslav Olegovich! And then I do not consider myself a St. Petersburg marginal ?!
      Meanwhile, in the original of the Ukrainian-phobic joke (and she is already older than me), it sounds like this:
      "Holodrantsi usih krain, to the heap - gop!"
      1. kalibr
        April 22 2021 21: 03
        +3
        Quote: 3x3zsave
        "Holodrantsi usih krain, to the heap - gop!"

        I don't know for sure, Anton! I asked a question on the Internet and he answered me that way. Probably options are possible.
      2. ee2100
        ee2100 April 22 2021 21: 12
        +3
        So Anton came to you with a recochet.
        Margins of the whole world unite!
        Here grandfather Lenin would have fun, by the way, he has a birthday, but at least he is April, but not ours.
        1. Bolt cutter
          Bolt cutter April 22 2021 21: 37
          +7
          Ilyich is again in political emigration - he took him out of Ukraine, where he is outlawed even in bronze form. Bought for the equivalent of 25 pounds from under the floor from a merchant on the Potemkin Stairs in Odessa, transported through customs in a bag with dirty socks sad - and Ilyich is safe!
          1. ee2100
            ee2100 April 22 2021 21: 40
            +2
            Forever alive! And it looks quite politically correct
            1. Bolt cutter
              Bolt cutter April 22 2021 21: 41
              +3
              And it looks quite politically correct
              Conspiracy is never superfluous yes It was from a bottle of juice that he got the hat.
              1. ee2100
                ee2100 April 22 2021 21: 42
                +2
                I mean the dark color
                1. Bolt cutter
                  Bolt cutter April 22 2021 21: 44
                  +3
                  Noble bronze by Gevorkyan (written on the back)
                  1. ee2100
                    ee2100 April 22 2021 21: 46
                    +3
                    In Armenia, after cognac, the second place is the jewelery.
                    It means that it already has artistic value
                  2. Bolt cutter
                    Bolt cutter April 22 2021 21: 49
                    +6
                    For me, it is valuable as an artifact of a bygone era (and experience of smuggling).
                  3. ee2100
                    ee2100 April 22 2021 22: 01
                    +2
                    An artifact, yes, but the figure is very controversial!
      3. Astra wild2
        Astra wild2 April 22 2021 22: 26
        +2
        Boltorez, but is it really a threat to "independent Ukraine" that you are exporting "trash" they do not need?
        1. Bolt cutter
          Bolt cutter April 22 2021 22: 29
          +3
          The merchant did not get it out of the bag - he showed it to me when he heard my wife and I communicate in English. As far as I know, according to their law on decommunization, Lenin is outlawed even in bronze. They could have confiscated and soldered the fine, but they are greedy for money.
          1. Astra wild2
            Astra wild2 April 23 2021 07: 09
            0
            If you spoke Russian, would he pass by?
            1. Bolt cutter
              Bolt cutter April 23 2021 10: 37
              +2
              Here is how it was. We chose Soviet coins and badges that he sold, I spoke to him, and then translated and we thought out loud which ones to buy. He asked how and where did we come to Odessa, and then he showed me a bust of Ilyich at the bottom of the bag, said that it was impossible to keep it with you - decommunization was in full swing. He set the price competently - he said that for ours somewhere around 25 pounds, it was not at all expensive, like a bottle of vodka in England. We consulted and bought this artifact in memory of Odessa. If I had communicated in Russian, I probably would not have suggested.
    2. 3x3zsave
      3x3zsave April 22 2021 22: 29
      +3
      Oh wey, Alexander! I, as a well-born Sami Jew, always arrives!
      though it is April, but not ours.
      It is always difficult for sheep to agree with bulls.
      1. ee2100
        ee2100 April 22 2021 22: 33
        +5
        My wife is Taurus, I wanted to write a cow, but changed my mind
        1. 3x3zsave
          3x3zsave April 22 2021 22: 51
          +1
          Gender balance is a different topic.
      2. Pane Kohanku
        Pane Kohanku April 22 2021 23: 27
        +3
        I, as a well-born Sami Jew, always arrives!

        Indeed, as I saw you, I thought so - for sure, Albert's relative, only with a herd of deer nearby! tongue drinks
  • Undecim
    Undecim April 22 2021 20: 03
    +1
    Falling into journalistic "stamps" !!!

    Damantsevshchina in its purest form.
    and it's depressing ...

    And also depressing is the avalanche-like increase in the contingent of inadequate on the site.
    1. 3x3zsave
      3x3zsave April 22 2021 20: 42
      +4
      And also depressing is the avalanche-like increase in the contingent of inadequate on the site.
      This fact, Viktor Nikolaevich, depressing you during the entire period of my presence on the resource. However, you do not leave him with your attention. Why is that?
      1. Astra wild2
        Astra wild2 April 22 2021 22: 22
        +2
        My poet, it saddens me that along with the growth of inadequate and increasing "gray" work, or even worse, some kind of nonsense. Like: "the October revolution was staged by the tsarist generals"
        1. 3x3zsave
          3x3zsave April 22 2021 22: 37
          0
          My Beautiful Stranger!
          Materials worthy of "RenTV" have always been present on the resource, at least for the last four years.
      2. Undecim
        Undecim April 22 2021 23: 49
        +2
        Why is that?

        I also ask myself this question periodically. Maybe there is a certain motivational rigidity, which the accumulated negative moments have not yet overcome?
  • kalibr
    April 22 2021 20: 51
    +6
    Quote: 3x3zsave
    Falling into journalistic "stamps" !!!

    So what? This is not the worst "dump" in the world!
    1. 3x3zsave
      3x3zsave April 22 2021 22: 44
      +2
      I am ashamed to ask, Vyacheslav Olegovich: have you been to many landfills?
      1. kalibr
        April 23 2021 05: 33
        +2
        Quote: 3x3zsave
        I am ashamed to ask, Vyacheslav Olegovich: have you been to many landfills?

        Don't be shy about showing your normal curiosity, Anton. You know that I will always answer you. Many. On our Penza, then in Saratov, on an island in the middle of the river, I even took a photo, then somewhere else ... so exactly three!
  • vladcub
    vladcub April 22 2021 20: 54
    +3
    Good evening. Q. Oh, if not for your "corporate" style - an epigraph. I could "pass" further, and so I "chipped".
    Today I especially need something positive and meaningful.
    At work they were "gouging", my retirement age and in plain text: "You take the place" in other words: "be a good boy and" roll sausage along Malaya Spasskaya "(c)
    1. kalibr
      April 22 2021 21: 06
      +1
      You see: stamps are sometimes very useful. Both in form and in content. So it's not always worth focusing only on your own perception.
    2. kalibr
      April 22 2021 21: 24
      +2
      Quote: vladcub
      At work they were "gouging", my retirement age and in plain text: "You take the place" in other words: "be a good boy and" roll sausage along Malaya Spasskaya "(c)

      You know, Svyatoslav, and you consider this as a sign from above that it is necessary ... to change something. That you are not bad for this job, but it is for you. Treat it as a chance to spit in the face ... for those who pound and start something different. I know a lot of examples when it happens that way! The main thing here is not to become limp!
      1. vladcub
        vladcub April 22 2021 21: 38
        +3
        As soon as the deadline comes, I will do it, but now I will hate to donate my pension to someone. I am "greedy beef, pickled cucumber" (c)
        PS. Perhaps it will remind someone of childhood?
        1. Astra wild2
          Astra wild2 April 22 2021 22: 15
          0
          I was about 5 years old when I heard this folklore from older boys
  • Astra wild2
    Astra wild2 April 22 2021 21: 29
    +2
    Good evening, everyone.
    Many thanks to Vyacheslav Olegovich and colleague Nikolai and his wife: to Vyacheslav Olegovich for the material, as always a delicious candy, and to Nikolai and his wife for the photos.
    Colleagues, let's be the "co-authors" of Vacheslav Olegovich, someone will throw up an idea, if it interests Vyacheslav Olegovich, he will take another option, I like it more, the audience of our site is wide: from Uzbekistan to the USA, from Urals and to London, and colleagues can send the necessary photos to Vyacheslav Olegovich.
    This will not burden us in the least, perhaps, if Vyacheslav Olegovich is interested, the object is located opposite the windows or we are walking past: on a walk, to work or to a store. The only thing that can make it difficult, at least for me, is to send a picture
    1. kalibr
      April 22 2021 21: 40
      +2
      Overall a good idea, Astra. But only as an idea, because I am afraid, an avalanche of photographs will cover me. And what to do with it? People tried, hoped to see ... but I don't suit them, there is no text, there is no mood to write about it. It will be a shame for them! This is not what they expect.
      1. Pane Kohanku
        Pane Kohanku April 22 2021 22: 12
        +1
        People tried, hoped to see ... but I don't suit them, there is no text, there is no mood to write about it. It will be a shame for them! This is not what they expect.

        In this case, we will spit on your back! fellow And we will wait for new articles ... repeat It's a joke, Vyacheslav Olegovich! drinks
      2. Astra wild2
        Astra wild2 April 22 2021 22: 13
        +1
        So for this there is a mail: you can discuss that such and such an illustration is needed and that's it
  • balabol
    balabol April 22 2021 21: 45
    +5
    The author noted - "By the way, at first the pier should have been decorated with equestrian figures."
    Maybe someone does not know, but it was planned to install here equestrian sculptors by Peter Karlovich Klodt. In addition to the financial aspects that did not allow the implementation of this project, there was also an artistic one. considered that when viewed from the Neva, the Claudian horses would be disproportionate to the building of the Academy of Arts. I wanted something more monumental.
    And then the "journey" of the horses. We tried it on the pier between the Admiralty and the Winter Palace, but it didn’t fit either. Then the sculptures found, as we understand, a wonderful place - the western side of the Anichkov bridge.
    Emperor Nicholas I gave copies of these sculptures to his "crowned colleagues" twice. One pair at one time was presented to King Frederick William IV, and they were taken to Berlin, and the other to King Ferdinand II of Naples.
    1. Pane Kohanku
      Pane Kohanku April 22 2021 22: 10
      +2
      Emperor Nicholas I gave copies of these sculptures to his "crowned colleagues" twice.

      Vladimir, hello! hi There were two more copies. We stood in Strelna in the park of Count Orlov (the half-brother of the first pre-Decembrist, who twice led a horse guard to attack the same Decembrists). They "mysteriously" disappeared during the war ... request
      Listen, come more often, my dear Man! drinks
      1. balabol
        balabol April 22 2021 22: 34
        +4
        Thanks for your kind words.
        I don’t remember that. I have been there many times, but I did not have enough curiosity to ask what kind of pedestals they are in the park. Looked at old photos - The same pair of western horses from Anichkov Bridge.
        1. Pane Kohanku
          Pane Kohanku April 22 2021 23: 16
          +2
          I have been there many times, but I did not have enough curiosity to ask what kind of pedestals they are in the park. Looked at old photos - The same pair of western horses from Anichkov Bridge.

          Exactly, exactly the same horses! But where have gone - no one knows! request
  • balabol
    balabol April 22 2021 21: 58
    +3
    A small question for the author. Vyacheslav Olegovich, you write "But ... since the embankment was not ready to receive them yet, they were placed in the courtyard of the Academy, where they stood for another two years."
    It is not a trivial task to drag such large and heavy sculptures into the courtyard of the Academy of Arts building (if I understood the round central courtyard correctly). Maybe they were placed in the courtyard of the Academy's Foundry yard, where the Academic Garden is now, behind the building, between lines 3 and 4. There is and was free check-in, easy access, but guarded.
    1. kalibr
      April 23 2021 05: 41
      +2
      Dear Vladimir! As you can imagine, I myself was not present. I can only point out the source where it came from: N. Petrovsky, A. Belov "Country of Big Hapi". Since the book contains references to Comrade Stalin, it is obvious that the time was serious, and the authors took what was written in a serious way ... Well, it is not specified there. The phrase is taken one to one.
  • 3x3zsave
    3x3zsave April 22 2021 22: 58
    +2
    Thank you, Vyacheslav Olegovich!
    A very "atmospheric" article turned out.
  • not main
    not main April 22 2021 23: 44
    +1
    Quote: Bolt Cutter
    Then in England doctors were paid well too

    Incorrect formulation of the question! Doctors were paid according to their requests! And what has changed?
  • Graz
    Graz April 23 2021 05: 12
    +4
    I have not been to St. Petersburg and thought that the sphinxes were a remake of tsarist times, but it turns out that they were delivered from the depths of time, informative
  • Moskovit
    Moskovit April 23 2021 09: 03
    +2
    I happened to see the Luxor Obelisk in Paris. Very impressive. It is also the oldest building in Paris.


    The monument is made of solid pink granite. The obelisk is 23 meters high, weighs 220 tons, and is 3600 years old. On all four sides of the monument, hieroglyphs and drawings are depicted, which were carved in honor of Ramses II. The most important moments of his transportation from Egypt to Paris were also captured on the Luxor Obelisk. Graceful fountains were created on both sides around the monument in the middle of the 19th century by the architect Gittorf, which still function today. In 1999, the peak of the obelisk was dressed in a gold tip, for the casting of which one and a half kilograms of gold of the highest standard were spent.

    The order to acquire the Luxor Obelisk was ordered by Louis XVIII, who became King of France in the 19th century. The king's attaché went to Egypt to negotiate with the Viceroy Muhammad - Ali, who was an avid trader. A favorable deal overshadowed the eyes of the Khedive, so he did not think about keeping the treasures of architecture as the property of his country. The deal took place, but it was not possible to transport such a large cargo, as the Nile and the Seine were crushed. The acquisition of the monument was postponed for some time, until Isidore Taylor appeared on the political arena of France.
    Baron Taylor set off for the Ministry of the Sea to resolve the issue of transporting valuable cargo. Here, after consulting with Jean Chamillon, he decided to transfer the Luxor Obelisk to Paris, and leave Alexandria, which was inferior in its beauty, “for later”. Muhammad - Ali was supportive of the French and promised to give the Luxor obelisk to them, in spite of his communication given to the British.
    The second obelisk remained in Luxor. The rejection was formally addressed to the Egyptian government by French President François Mitterrand during his first presidential term.
  • faterdom
    faterdom April 23 2021 11: 54
    +1
    "The truth is always the same" - so ordered Akhenaten, he was very smart ...
    "Reforms cannot be stopped!" - Medvedev D.A.
    It is believed that he is also very smart, because a big boss
  • Sergey Obraztsov
    Sergey Obraztsov April 23 2021 13: 43
    +3
    Thank you so much for the interesting article about my home and beloved city! I suffer from humidity and 50 shades of gray for all my 000 years of life. If it were not for all this beauty and history, I would have long since fled somewhere where the sun is not a semi-mythical creature :)
    1. Pane Kohanku
      Pane Kohanku April 23 2021 15: 01
      +4
      I suffer from humidity and 50 shades of gray for all my 000 years of life.

      Eeee, no, my friend Sergei, you, like me, do not suffer, but enjoy our city! wink come back often! drinks
      If it were not for all this beauty and history, I would have long since fled somewhere where the sun is not a semi-mythical creature :)

      "Here I was born, here I want to die!" (Emperor Pavel Petrovich). soldier
      1. Mihaylov
        Mihaylov April 26 2021 14: 09
        +1
        Quote: Pane Kohanku
        "Here I was born, here I want to die!" (Emperor Pavel Petrovich).

        And after all, how he looked into the water! hi
        1. Pane Kohanku
          Pane Kohanku April 26 2021 14: 44
          +2
          And after all, how he looked into the water!

          Well yes. On the site of the Mikhailovsky Castle there was a wooden palace of Elizabeth, in which Pavel was born. hi
  • faterdom
    faterdom April 23 2021 16: 17
    +2
    Quote: Sergey Obraztsov
    Thank you so much for the interesting article about my home and beloved city! I suffer from humidity and 50 shades of gray for all my 000 years of life.

    I, too, to you, to suffer.
    Last year I bought myself a two-story stalin-era apartment near Komsomolskaya Square, I will repair it - my wife and I will "suffer".
    He himself was born in Perm, grew up in Rostov, served in Arkhangelsk - and decided to live unanimously with his wife in St. Petersburg. I like the city very much. My daughter has been living there since 2015.
    1. Sergey Obraztsov
      Sergey Obraztsov April 23 2021 16: 44
      +2
      Last year I bought myself a two-story stalin-era apartment near Komsomolskaya Square, I will repair it - my wife and I will "suffer".


      The place is definitely good. My nephew lives not far from this square. The area is quiet, green, low-rise buildings. The main thing is to make the repair. At the very Stalinka near the Moscow metro station, everything is gorgeous: you can't hear your neighbors, it's very warm, very dry, but absolutely any amount can be invested in repairs, there would be imagination and determination.
    2. Pane Kohanku
      Pane Kohanku April 23 2021 19: 13
      +4
      Last year I bought myself a two-story stalin-era apartment near Komsomolskaya Square, I will repair it - my wife and I will "suffer".

      Every day I pass a "cheesecake" on Komsomolskaya. There in the morning - still nothing, back in the evening - flour. sad I myself live in the south-west, near the bridge named after you-know-who, and my childhood was spent on Volunteers and Herman. drinks
      I like the city very much. My daughter has been living there since 2015.

      We all like him! good Will live! drinks
  • faterdom
    faterdom April 23 2021 19: 38
    +1
    Quote: Pane Kohanku
    Every day I pass a "cheesecake" on Komsomolskaya. There in the morning - still nothing, back in the evening - flour.

    But Krasnoputilovskaya (former Krasnokabatskaya) - my future street, conveniently leads, if all the time directly - to Moscow on the M10 and on the M11, if at the beautifully iridescent 41-storey energy building you go directly to Tipanova, without turning off you get to Murmanka, Vologda and Arkhangelsk.
    Daughter on Obvodny near "On Bolt" - 19th floor, all of Peter in the palm of your hand.
  • balabol
    balabol April 23 2021 23: 21
    +1
    Sphinxes are freezing in winter, probably

  • Givi_49
    Givi_49 April 24 2021 13: 04
    0
    Discerning people argue that the processing of sphinxes and the application of inscriptions on their bases are made according to technologies of completely different levels: the processing of sphinxes is impeccable, and the inscriptions are "scratched extremely carelessly." Is it so?