I love to photo ruins. They are usually a perfect subject for HDR. A short walk from the Catherine Palace past the Alexander Palace lies Fedorovsky godorok or the Fedorovsky town as you would say in English. Originally this complex of buildings were built as living quarters for the clergy of the Fedorovsky Cathedral that lies just across the nearby pond. There was also a museum of old Russian art and architecture inside the walls of the complex. During the First World War there where a hospital for wounded soldiers and officers here under the patronage of the Tsar Nicholas II’s youngest daughters, Grand Duchess Maria and Anastasia.
The complex suffered severe damage during the German occupation in the Second World War and it was not until the Russian Orthodox Church took over the town in 1994 that a much-needed restoration begun. The restoration is still ongoing but inside the walls there are now the residence of the Patriarch, a museum of history of the Russian Orthodox Church, a pilgrimage and training centre, icon-painting workshops, and a hotel.
On the first HDR-picture you can see the Vicarage that’s still not restored.
On the second HDR-picture you can see the walls and the beautiful White Stone Gate.