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Ruin Tower

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The Ruin Tower (Башня-руина) is an 18th-century monument in Ekaterininsky Park of Tsarskoye Selo - now Pushkin, a suburban town in eponymous borough of St. Petersburg, Russia. It was designed and constructed in 1771-1773 by German-Russian architect Yury Felten. History The tower was erected in remembrance of heroic battles of the Russo-Turkish War of 1768–1774 by request of Catherine II. The civil works were conducted by architect I. M. Sitnikov. The powerful stone tower, in the form of a column of Tuscan order, is topped by a round arbour upon the abacus at a height of 21 metres. Views of the nearby lake and surrounding park can be observed through the arbour's Gothic lancet apertures. In the summer of 1773, artist A. Belsky painted the external walls of the tower ruins and cracks have been cut in the plastered surface to simulate natural damage. In 1784, trees were planted along the edge of the embankment upon which the tower was sited. The tower'
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