Have you ever thought what you need to do in order to feel the real spirit of a city? Should you visit its central square? Take a quick walk around the most popular park? Or maybe dine at the local restaurant?
For example, I think you will agree that St. Basil’s Cathedral (a tourist magnet on Red Square) doesn’t reflect the soul of Moscow.
I’ve been pondering this question for a while and that brought me to the conclusion. The true spirit of a city is in its old nooks which have escaped a modern reconstruction. It’s in the corners which have some weird stories that only locals know about. I decided to explore my city and reflect its soul through the architecture. So I took some photos of the city’s hidden gems.
Pillars. Why are we so attached to pillars? Exploring a new city we always stop to take a photo of a building with pillars. Waiting for other tourists to get out of our camera’s sight, we admire its stability, trustworthiness, and solidity. I guess if some deceptive advertising included the pictures of buildings with pillars, a lot more consumers would prefer to be persuaded to purchase that product.
Arches. Why do we like arches? In terms of architecture I would rank arches as something that is between windows and gates. It symbolizes a new beginning, change, novelty, a small door to the unknown. I was always intrigued by these elements of buildings and their ability to divide two different and at the same time connected worlds. When I was a kid, I saw a movie about portals to another dimension. I was convinced there is one in our city too (in one of the arches, of course).
Graffiti. Contrary to popular belief, the presence of beautiful graffiti on the walls of a city is a good omen. Why is it so? It’s a sure sign that the system of education is pretty good in the city and there are some decent colleges and universities there. In Russia, there is no graffiti in some rural towns. Youth from these areas have to move to another city to continue their education.
P.S. I will publish my city’s name in the 859th post (this one is 61st). Stay tuned.