Capturing the essence of Russia

CAPTURING THE visual elegance of a jewel in the crown of Tsarist as well as modern Russia, is a photo exhibition on St. Petersburg which is currently on at the Russian Cultural Centre.

The exhibition reveals how the past has found peace with the present in St. Petersburg, which is celebrating its 300th founding year this year.

The world-renowned Winter Palace of the Romanov dynasty, which ruled Russia from 1613 to 1917, is one photograph over which a visitor is sure to linger long. The famous `Amber Room' in the palace, which was recently restored, is a leading tourist destination in the world.

Capturing the essence of Russia

Similarly, the shot of Isaac's Cathedral with its colossal onion domes is awe-inspiring. Equally riveting is the frontal shot of the memorial building to Pushkin in St. Petersburg with the full-body bronze statue of the world famous poet in the foreground.

One of the major tourist attractions in the city -- the bridge across the Griboyedov canal guarded by golden winged `griffins' statues -- has been captured in all its splendour in one photograph. St. Petersburg has no less than 342 bridges constructed over the years across the river Neva.

A couple of photographs on display depict the magic woven by the seasons in St. Petersburg. If the photo of a city boulevard bedecked in autumn's amber splendour is rich in its visual appeal, the one of a bronze horseman, set up as a tribute to Peter the Great and which rises from a sea of ice, reflects the true spirit of resilience of this cradle of Russian culture.

The exhibition is on from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. till May 25.

By Mahadevan G

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