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Mar. 20th, 2009 | 09:45 pm
posted by: yumeno_takshaka in abandonedplaces

We took this trip about a month ago, but better late than never :)
During the 18-20 cent. there were built 21 forts near Saint-Petersburg. Most of them are abandoned now and just left in decay. We visited fort Obruchev - one of the 17 forts that are situated in the Finland Bay.

It takes about 1 hour walk on the frozen bay to get there
The fort is 950 meters long and have 2 levels (well,I'd say 2.5 including roof)








Loopholes everywhere


I will it ya, bwahaha



Uh, I wish I wasn't so lazy on physical training classes >_>



Gimme your money!


This is what's left from the big searchlight. Btw in the 60s when the country required steel (don't ask me why, I have no idea) everything that is made of steel was cut off, though we saw a lot of massive doors and stairs left





Finally we got inside


Ammunition shelves


Lots of ammunition shelves


Ammunition shelves everywhere. I wonder what was there, but was too scared to go there alone and my companions were already outside.


Interiors are much like a maze. Some of them are bright, in some of them you need to turn on a flash-light. It was quite diffucult to handle with a camera in one hand and the flash-light in the other :D
The flash of the camera was ruining the whole atmosphere but I just couldn't help it T_T

using flash
not using flash






Hated such passages the most. It's better NOT to look too intently out there, your imagination may play some bad tricks with you, hehe
using flash
not using flash









"Honey, I'm upstairs!"


"Just a minute~! I'll be right there!"




Anybody there? Come out, I know you're there!







"Screw you, guys, I'm going home!" >_>



I know that the photos are not that great, but hope somebody will like them anyway ;)

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Corvus cornix

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from: fourth_moon
date: Mar. 20th, 2009 11:23 pm (UTC)
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Wow, there are so many beautiful ones! All the views on the snowed in buildings from above are lovely, and the "finally we got inside" is gripping. Similar for the second picture above "hated such passages the most" (and yes, some of the sights are eerie to the point of being creepy. It gives me at least a little idea of how it may have felt to explore there.

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yumeno_takshaka

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from: yumeno_takshaka
date: Mar. 21st, 2009 07:56 am (UTC)
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:)
When I was watching through the pictures the day after our trip I was totally disappointed. I was like: "Noooooo, it wasn't like that, it was more creepy! and on the piture I see only a stupid empty room with white walls, aaghhrr"

And those passages somehow reminded me of "Alien 3",I felt quite uncomfortable standing in one end of the passage and imagining some creature running towards me from the other :)

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Corvus cornix

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from: fourth_moon
date: Mar. 21st, 2009 01:28 pm (UTC)
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I can imagine perfectly what it was like to look at the pictures. When you're there it's all in three dimensions and there are a dozen things which one isn't conscious of most of the time: the temperature and the smells (slight decay, dirt, rust, dank rooms), the cool, slightly damp air, the whole feeling of being underground and in the middle of a small maze of empty rooms. And then you're back in a warm lived-in room and on the pictures there's just some cellar hallway with a lot of dirt. What the...?

I've been in a small WWII bunker once and even though it was hardly more than two small underground rooms filled with garbage it was such an eerie feeling, imagine who might have been in here and how they would have felt. I didn't have a camera and any picture would just have shown a dirty room filled with garbage.

Maybe it helped that I was viewing these in a dark room, long past midnight. Or that I have more imagination than is healthy. But it's very captivating because of the mood, all those underground colours and the details which show up after a while. That derelict stair case is so evocative! I'm waiting for ghosts or creepy old caretakers to turn up. And those iron railings which almost seem to reach out? Wonderful horror movie scenario.

Then there are the pictures where there are those rectangular "windows" in the ceilings (one even barred). Wonderful reminder of being under ground.

The second one above "hated such passages"? With the little icicles over the doorway? I can practically smell the rust. And the perspective effect is great.

All in all, I could probably spend half an hour looking at them and commenting. It must have been amazing to have been there.

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yumeno_takshaka

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from: yumeno_takshaka
date: Mar. 22nd, 2009 11:08 am (UTC)
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yep, it's exactly like you said
when you're in such a place all 5 senses are working to the max. and when you watch pictures it's only...an image on your screen.

and as a proof story how we fell into the mood of the place: it was when we were exploring the 1st floor(about 3 hours'd passed since we came there), we entered some spacious dark room and saw a big hole in the wall, and the next moment we heard very creepy sounds coming out of that hole. before I realized what was I doing I was already standing near the exit of this block. and in this 1 second that took me to dart out of the room a lot of scenes from horror movies about disturbed ghosts passed by in my head :) I know it sounds stupid, and I felt very embarassed that I'd fallen for this trick of one of our friends, but at that moment at that place I was ready to believe in anything :))) well, anyway, at least now I know that my survival instincts are not that bad *laugh*

wow, WWII bunker sounds interesting. I've never see one. Well, may be I saw a large bunker in Latvia, but I was too small, don't remember. Did you see it in Germany?

oh, and sorry, I probably didn't make it clear enough, but this fort is not under the ground, it's standing on the artificial island.

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BigLarry

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from: biglarry
date: Mar. 21st, 2009 12:16 am (UTC)
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Good pictures!

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yumeno_takshaka

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from: yumeno_takshaka
date: Mar. 21st, 2009 07:57 am (UTC)
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thanks)

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Gareth

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from: garethness
date: Mar. 21st, 2009 12:36 am (UTC)
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I'm surprised how untainted the building is. No graffiti, relatively clean too. It hasnt been filled full of junk like many other buildings are. I presume it's well isolated?

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yumeno_takshaka

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from: yumeno_takshaka
date: Mar. 21st, 2009 08:06 am (UTC)
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Uh, how I wish your words to be true. But unfortunately there are tons of garbage on the 1st level, sometimes it was even hard to move from one room to another. I just didn't took the pictures of it, besides when we got to the 1st level I had to took out the batteries from my camera and put it into the flash-light :(
Well, you may say it's isolated: it's possible to get there only on a boat or walking on the ice in winter, so I was really surprised when I saw such a mess.

And considering graffiti: not much but there are some, mostly names and dates (funny thing but most of them are of 1976)

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seemingly_alone

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from: seemingly_alone
date: Mar. 22nd, 2009 04:42 pm (UTC)
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Did anything go on there in 1976?

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yumeno_takshaka

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from: yumeno_takshaka
date: Mar. 22nd, 2009 07:51 pm (UTC)
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Don't know, but I've found out that the dam that's situated in this area was built in 70-90s, so may be it's construction somehow drew attention to the forts. But it's just a supposition

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from: sushiho
date: Mar. 21st, 2009 12:46 am (UTC)
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Great set, thanks for sharing!

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yumeno_takshaka

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from: yumeno_takshaka
date: Mar. 21st, 2009 08:07 am (UTC)
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you're very welcome!

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Geordie

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from: geordie
date: Mar. 21st, 2009 01:42 am (UTC)
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Great pictures. I love seeing places like this, I knew they existed but never thought to 'visit' them.

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yumeno_takshaka

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from: yumeno_takshaka
date: Mar. 21st, 2009 08:12 am (UTC)
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It's much better to see it with your own eyes
But be careful :)
There is a twin-brother of Obruchev called Totleben and we heard that every year there are some 'stalkers' that break their hands/legs/necks there

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Janelle

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from: avec_bonheur
date: Mar. 21st, 2009 01:57 am (UTC)
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I love it!

This community is making me want to go to Russia. :)

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yumeno_takshaka

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from: yumeno_takshaka
date: Mar. 21st, 2009 08:15 am (UTC)
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haha, time to pack up your things! :)

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yumeno_takshaka

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from: yumeno_takshaka
date: Mar. 21st, 2009 08:23 am (UTC)
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Then come when you have a chance :)

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from: throatbuckle
date: Mar. 21st, 2009 02:58 am (UTC)
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I'm digging the contrast between the flash & non flash pics.

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yumeno_takshaka

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from: yumeno_takshaka
date: Mar. 21st, 2009 08:32 am (UTC)
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Totally different atmosphere, isn't it :)

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The Echidna Media Organization S.N.A.I.L. Project

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from: emosnail
date: Mar. 21st, 2009 06:14 pm (UTC)
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Neat! I want to go there!!

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Korina-rina!

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from: korinacaffeine
date: Mar. 21st, 2009 06:48 pm (UTC)
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Now I'm curious as to what was in that little corridor!

These pictures make me very jealous that I do not live in Russia. Great set!

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yumeno_takshaka

thanks

from: yumeno_takshaka
date: Mar. 22nd, 2009 11:11 am (UTC)
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may be I'm still alive because I didn't go there))))

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Miss Megan Mouse

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from: unaria
date: Mar. 21st, 2009 11:34 pm (UTC)
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Thats what teh tower reminds me of

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yumeno_takshaka

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from: yumeno_takshaka
date: Mar. 22nd, 2009 11:15 am (UTC)
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may be when they grow up they'll turn into such towers)
but now they look too innocent

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seemingly_alone

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from: seemingly_alone
date: Mar. 22nd, 2009 04:38 pm (UTC)
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I think these pictures are great, I don't see why you think they aren't. What camera did you use?

I love how you showed the shots with and without the flash, that was an amazing idea. I hope to see some more from you soon!

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yumeno_takshaka

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from: yumeno_takshaka
date: Mar. 22nd, 2009 08:14 pm (UTC)
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because comparing to the photos that people post here these are just pictures a-la "oh,yeah, I was there" :) besides because of the cold the process of taking pictures was like "quickly take the camera out of the bag - quickly take a picture - quickly put the camera back in the bag - quickly put hands back in the pockets"

but thank you. some of the pics here were made by my companions, all of us had soap cameras. but if you care I used Olympus SP500UZ

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The Sheryl

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from: thesheryl
date: Mar. 22nd, 2009 09:01 pm (UTC)
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I think your pictures are great! Nice and creepy...

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Transitioning into liminal space

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from: stormdog
date: Mar. 23rd, 2009 03:45 am (UTC)
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I love the third and seventh pictures a lot, but there are many neat ones. Looks like a really great place to bring a friend and explore!

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redkate20

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from: redkate20
date: Mar. 23rd, 2009 03:59 am (UTC)
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These are great! I wish I could visit a place like this. Thanks for taking us with you through your pictures!

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