Peter the Great has a vision: a capital for his empire will rise in the purity of the ice as a new beginning, as the crystallized dream of the prosperous future of his lineage and his people.
Saint Petersburg. A princely dream of ice
"From one of the many windows of the palace, I was looking at the square, on one side, over which snow was falling heavily, and at the Neva River, on the other. Its icy waters mirrored the green and white walls of the building..."