Vitebsky railway station, Light Hall

in photography •  15 days ago


I was going to write a small commentary on this photo about the history and features of the architecture of the station, but there are so many interesting details that it is difficult to choose what to tell about. The building of the Vitebsky railway station was built in 1904 in the Art Nouveau style. The Light Hall is located approximately in the center of the building, between the waiting rooms and the landing stage (сovered railway station platforms). The interior has changed little since the beginning of the 20th century. Recently the building was restored, and some of the lost elements of the interior have been reconstructed.

Light Hall, 1904. Photographer unknown, public domain

I found an old photo of the Light Hall in 1904. It was made in a different perspective, from the opposite wall. In the center of the hall, under the ceiling, the clock hangs, they are very similar to the clock that is now hanging in this place. Interestingly, I recently published a photo of other clock of this station, they are similar, but somewhat different. I made a photo collage to make it easier to compare. In the upper picture, the clock located on the platforms near the trains, in the lower picture the clock from the Light Hall. The upper clock has a second hand.


CameraPentax K-r
LensPentax SMC FA 50mm f/1.4
LocationSaint Petersburg, Russia
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