Found project: St. Isaac’s Cathedral


    Project : St. Isaac’s Cathedral

    Language variant : Isakievskij sobor

    Architect : Montferrand, Auguste de

    Completion: 1858

    Locality : St. Petersburg

    Country : Russia

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    Description :

    On Nikolaevskij Bridge* (p.113), Raskolnikov walks absentmindedly in the middle of the traffic, and a coachman lashes him with a whip for nearly falling under the horses' hoofs. As Raskolnikov recovers himself by the railing, a woman crossing the bridge charitably hands him a coin of twenty copecks - #in Christ's name. # (p. 114) Her gesture is a reminder of Christian love and salvation, but at this point Raskolnikov is in too negative a mood to respond with gratitude. Indeed, the setting only accentuates his despair, for it poignantly reveals to him that his crime has divided him from his earlier self and what was best in his own past:
    “He closed his hand on the twenty copecks, walked for ten paces, and turned facing the Neva. . . The cupola of the cathedral**, which is seen at its best from the bridge about twenty paces from the chapel, glittered in the sunlight. . . He stood still, and gazed long and intently into the distance; this spot was especially familiar to him. When he was attending the university, he had hundreds of times - generally on his way home - stood still on this spot, gazed at this truly magnificent spectacle and always marvelled at a vague and mysterious
    emotion it roused in him. . . Deep down, hidden far away out of sight all that seemed to him now - all his old past, his old thoughts, his old problems and theories, his old impressions and that picture and himself and all, all.” (p. 114)

    *The Nikolaevsky Bridge is now the Blagoveshchensky Bridge
    ** The Isaac’s Cathedral.

    NB. Richard Gill uses the “Crime and Punishment” translated by Constance Garnett (New York: Modern Library, 1950)

    Richard Gill, The bridges of St. Petersburg: A motif in “Crime and Punishment” in Dostoevsky Studies, Volume 3, 1982, Dostoevsky Centenary Conference at the University of Nottingham, pp. 149-150.

    Ed. by A. Makkonen.



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