As you probably know, Kolomna district has many buildings that could once be described as old yet are unnoticeable from a tourist point of view. I show these spots to my foreign friends when we walk together and I tell them the story. Now I’m doing the same for you.
This soft pink octahedral watchtower is one of the things you see walking down Sadovaya street. There are no real watchmen on top of it now, only a mannequin stands there, still showing he cares for the safety and watching the tranquility of the district like in the good old times. Can you believe that centuries ago a man could notice fires faster than a signal coming from the firemen house? Nowadays the fire brigade is called the boring way: by phone.
The building stands here, dating from the middle of the 19th century. Back then it was one of the dominant structures of the city (hard to believe now!). One could understand how many fire alarms there were in St. Petersburg in each moment by the black balls (lamps during the night) hanging on the 46-meter-tall tower. Now nearly nobody watches the tower, only me and the people I bring there.