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Clichés of St. Petersburg:
Peterhof, Pavlovsk, Repino

The surroundings of St. Petersburg offer many interesting places.


Linnik's tomb

Linnik resting

Akhmatova's tomb

Akhmatova's place

In September 2015, the Yu. V. Linnik Centennial Conference was held in the Euler International Mathematical Institute, in honour of the great Yuri Linnik (1915-1972).[1] During the conference, an excursion was organised to Linnik's resting place at Komarovo, 45km northwest from St. Petersburg.

On that occasion, I learned that Anna Akhmatova (Anna Gorenko; 1889-1966) was only a few meters away, and that Ilya Repin's house was in a nearby village, Repino. The latter information led to a visit in 2017 described in the next paragraph.

Related topic: Portrait of Akhmatova by Altman in State Russian Museum.


Beach at Repino

Repino is named after Ilya Repin (1844-1930), who spent the last thirty years or so of his life in this pittoresque village. The landscape you see on the photo (without trees, but with two persons in the sea, fully dressed) was represented in Repin's painting "What a freedom!" (1903) in the State Russian Museum.[2]






Towards eternity

Repin himself designed his house, which he called the "Penates". He was buried in the garden; in accordance with his wishes, an (oak) tree was planted in the nearby.

Related topic: My favourite paintings by Repin in State Russian Museum.


Catherine Palace

Catherine Palace

Catherine Palace

Catherine Palace


Pushkin statue

Pushkin was a student at the Tsarskoe Selo Lyceum. In Russia, every schoolchild knows the Pushkin monument in details.


Grand Cascade

Grand Cascade

Sun Fountain

Sun Fountain

Grand Palace

Grand Palace (church)


A frog singing


Birches on beach


Your mirror








"[...]P.S. It is that same green bench I showed you today.
  Shame on you! I was forced to add that as well."

  (F. Dostoevsky, "The Idiot", Part Three, III, Aglaya to
  Myshkin.) [3]

Hundreds of benches are in the view — all painted in green. Which one exactly did Aglaya Ivanovna show to Lev Nikolaevich?

Related topic: Dostoyevsky in The Idiot and Poor Folk.
Related topic: Dostoyevsky in Noble Spirits.

Clichés of St. Petersburg

St. Petersburg

Image from Fyodor Dostoevsky Literary Memorial Museum. Background photos by myself: (left) Lake (1899-1900), Isaac Levitan, State Russian Museum; (right) State Hermitage Museum & the Neva.

□   The City on the Neva

□   Canals and Bridges

□   State Russian Museum
     Related: State Tretyakov Gallery Moscow

□   Noble Spirits

□   The Idiot and Poor Folk

□   Peterhof, Pavlovsk, Repino (you are currently on this page)

□   The Rest is Silence

[1] It is very instructive to learn Linnik's working philosophy in I. A. Ibragimov, "Yu. V. Linnik. Some works of the 1950s", St. Petersburg Mathematical Journal 3 (1992) 687-696. Among many other things, the article states Linnik's mathematical version (Theorem: The official party line is a straight line) of comrade Stalin's famous "Short course", and produces a one-line proof by Linnik himself.

[2] Warning: Personally I have never managed to see it in seven attempts.

[3] Translation by Richard Pevear and Larissa Volokhonsky, Everyman's Library, 2002.

  Mise à jour : le lundi 17 juillet 2017