All cities have their nooks and crannies, and Saint-Petersburg is no exception. While it may seem that the buildings in the historic part of the city seamlessly blend from one to the next creating rows of architectural conglomerate of different styles, there are some blips in these facades. A crevice here, unevenness there, or an awkward ending of a building. Some of these “faulty” spots can be explained by damage to a building during the war. Others were from when one building was built in one period, and its neighbour in another. But some of these fascinating irregularities seem to have no explanation.
The story behind this crack on the Fontanka River Embankment is that building 26 was built at the start of the 19th century, and the edges were “rounded off” because there was no adjacent building. When building 24 was constructed at the end of that century, it was not built directly off of the existing building, but with a small chasm between, although it is unclear why.
I know of several of these gems in Piter, and they always enchant me. Sometimes there’s a street that you’ve walked down hundreds of times, and one day, when the lighting is just right you look up and see a deviation in the lines of the edifice. Sometimes the gap is obvious and even uninspiring. But if you’re lucky, you’ll spot one of these cracks and gleefully know that you’ve identified one of the city’s unique “Imperfections”.
Crack on Fontanka between 24 and 26 | Art & culture | Free
26 Nab. Reki Fontanka
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