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Entries / Barracks of the Third Life Guard Rifle His Emperor Majesty Regiment

Barracks of the Third Life Guard Rifle His Emperor Majesty Regiment

Categories / Tsarskoe Selo and town of Pushkin. The digital chronological reference book/Monuments of history and culture

The architectural ensemble of barracks of the Third Life Guard His Emperor Majesty Regiment was built in 1914-1916 to the design of the architect V.A. Pokrovsky. It is one of the most significant complexes of Tsarskoye Selo attracting attention by its fortress towers and the Old Russian Style appearance. Elements of the Old Russian architecture of the 17th century , mainly the Rostov Metropolitan residence, were used in planning composition and architectural decision of facades. A score brick unplastered buildings, survived until our days, surrounded with walls with towers, gates and a chapel are included into the complex. Many various motifs of the Old Russian architecture were used in the façade decoration: the scenic volumetric-spatial design, hip-roof towers with loophole-windows, varnitsas (loopholes through which boiling water and hot pitch were poured) and machicolations, massive chimneys, porches on posts (gulbishche), combination of open brickwork and plastered detailes, arcature belts, figured columnar window surrounds, window opening pluripartite lintels with girkas (pendants in the form of a stone pyramid used in double archesin Russian architecture), cylinder string-courses, pediments – “eyebrow” (arched decorative element above a window), “zigzag” pattern (begunets), shirinkas (rectangular cavity in the wall bordered with profiled frame, inside of which a tile or carved ornament was sometimes placed). The design and function of buildings characterized different sides of activities of Emperor regiments. In the beginning of World War I the Third Life Guard His Emperor Majesty Regiment, sent to the West front, has never occupied barracks built for it. In 1916 the Life Guard Rifle Artillery battalion, for which was supposed to build barracks in the neighbourhood in the town pasture near the Kazan Cemetery, was placed temporarily here. After 1917 the buildings were occupied by artillery and tank units of the Red Army. Now a branch of the Military Engineering Space University is placed here.

Semenova Galina Victorovna

Pokrovsky Vladimir Alexandrovich

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