Photographer's Note

This is not a sign for a boot shop but it's a rainspout in the shape of a boot. Water runs into the top of the boot from the roof and pours out of the sole of the boot which is perforated like a colander. The background building is the Russian Orthodox Alexander Nevski Cathedral, easily recognizable through its onion-domed structure. It was built in 1900, when Estonia was part of the tsarist Russian empire. The cathedral was originally intended as a symbol of the empire's dominance – both religious and political – over the increasingly unruly Baltic territory. It was so disliked by many Estonians as a symbol of oppression that the Estonian authorities scheduled the cathedral for demolition in 1924, but the decision was never implemented due to lack of funds and the building's massive construction. As the USSR was officially non-religious, many churches including this cathedral were left to decline. The church has been meticulously restored since Estonia regained independence from the Soviet Union in 1991.

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Additional Photos by Jean Sindera (janjan1897) Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 200 W: 13 N: 455] (2301)
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