A castle for rest

25 October 2019 • Vitaly Yankovy

You can see an abandoned castle from the kitchen window inside the house where my mom lives. It has always meant something true, medieval, and well-founded to me. But at the end of the day, I also had the feeling that there was something wrong with the castle. Starting to collect information about this building, I found out that the castle was built as a country estate of a St. Petersburg landowner at the beginning of the 20th century. The building is stylized, on the one hand, in the manner of a medieval castle, and on the other hand, as a landed estate. This made me think about how the elite develops the need for country estates, which refer to the castle culture of previous eras, and under which circumstances such a need becomes a ruin.