Nice building on the right - i like the way it rounds... You never see people on a balcony - at least in old days, they would come out on "1st of May" or Nov 7 celebrations, and wave flags :)
It's a bit older than Soviet. The balcony looks like Kasli cast-iron moulding. So it is probably of 1860-1900 year built. I guess the balcony couldn't be added later as it is too heavy. And it well could be a merchant's wife tea place.
"merchant's wife tea place" - I like that :)
I can imagine when there were horse carriages, ladies with white umbrellas walking under large trees - Chekhov times...
I see it more in a Kustodiev way:
Access to this site is restricted, but I think, I know this painting - "Kupchiha za chajem"? I think this particular balcony would be too tight for her, and her splendid table :))
Yes, you are right. Kupchiha za chajem. Sergiev Posad was mainly merchant's town. Small and not so glamorous as St. Pete or Moscow.
And the balcony I'd say just looks small. Take a look at the girls beneath or hight of the shop's door. So it's at least 1 or 1+ metres wide.
I guess it's the delicate open-work plays trick with mind. :-)
I heard the name before, but thought it was some monastery - like, for example, Optina Pustyn'... Now I know that Sergiev Posad is a city, and it's indeed named after the nearby Troitse-Sergiyeva Lavra. Good to learn new things - Thanks :)
Sergiev Posad literally means a settlement (outside the town or monastery walls) established by Sergey. The monastery founder was St. Sergius of Radonezh.
So they both named after St. Sergius of Radonezh.
For mor info have a look at the article about Sergiev Posad in my blog. http://marysrussiaguide.blogspot.ru/2012/06/sergiev-posad.html
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Photo taken in Sergiev Posad, Moscow Oblast, Russia
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