The Fortress in Ladoga -St. Petersburg

Trip Start Oct 17, 2010
Trip End Oct 24, 2010

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Flag of Russia  , Leningrad,
Friday, October 22, 2010

The Fortress

We leave the Uspensky Convent and move on to visit the fortress.

There is a small canteen or coffee room with souvenirs and we come here to buy our tickets.

Inside the Fortress there is the beautiful church of St. George, which is considered to be a world-class cultural monument. Local residents call it " Ladoga's Bride".

It is small, modest, in graceful style and known for its marvelous frescoes.

This church was constructed in honour of the defenders of Russian land, possibly in honour of a victory over foreign enemies in 1164.

Just opposite the Volkov river is the Earthen-lift-Fort, however we don’t have time to visit today, and Katerina comments that they have never been across themselves

after all these years.

In this beautiful area inside the fortress many cultural events take place every year and she tells me of a time when she brought her children to one of these events some years back.

The fortress has in some places been completely restored, in othrs simply preserved and in others overgrown with shrubs in whose tangled roots lizards and ermines take shelter. Grand osiers hang ovr the swift water currents in which several species of fish are caught by locals.

I am taking many photos and the colors and beauty of the surroundings are unbelievable. It is cold but sunny.

Across the bridge we crossed there are a few preserved examples of merchants’ houses that remain today, a few vestiges of what was the wealthy, merchant part of town. Yet just a century ago they housed grocery and kerosene shops as well as public houses. Here stands a chapel over the ruins of the Resurrection Temple. Nearby, on the Museum’s alley, the ruins of the Church of St. Peter are visible.

We leave the Fortress on foot.  The car is quite far, it is freezing cold and time for a coffee break.

Inside the café it is warm and this time I try something local “piroski”.

Nothing special, but I am hungry. Katerina and Alexei buy some chocolates for themselves.

I have a friend in Greece who makes excellent piroski, and this one here is nothing compared to the piroski my friend makes!

We leave the café and get in the car to drive to Katerina’s Mother who is expecting us for lunch.  Suddenly my friends suggest  that we ought to see something else before we leave Ladoga, so we are out again.

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laorfamily on

Another wonderful post, great pictures.

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