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Sunday, August 27, 2017

Europe - Russia - St. Petersburg - Day 1

We took a Baltics Summer Cruise to St. Petersburg; here is a brief summary providing you with some necessary information about the city, The Imperial family, and the major museums in St. Petersburg and its suburbs.


The State Hermitage Museum is one of the five largest art museums in the world.

It was founded in 1764 when Empress Catherine the Great acquired an impressive collection of paintings. Its collections comprise over three million items, including the most extensive collection of pictures in the world.

 Before it was the Hermitage Museum, this is was the Imperial Family's Winter Palace.

With so much gold and opulence, when is the last time you saw stuffed horses?

Portrait of an Old Woman – Rembrandt dated 1614

The Treasure Gallery

The General Staff Building, one of the most famous architectural monuments in Saint Petersburg are part of the six Hermitage Buildings.

 Paintings and sculptures from the 19th and 20th centuries are displayed here, including the Impressionist and post-impressionist paintings.

Each Impressionist and Post-Impressionist had his own room. Renoir Room, Cezanne Room, Monet, Degas and Pissarro Room, Paul Gauguin Room, Vincent Van Gogh Room each room had 10-20 paintings displayed.

The Impressionists' paintings were a massive quantity.

 The Catherine Palace is a Rococo palace located in the town of Tsarskoye Selo, 30 km south of St. Petersburg, Russia. It was the summer residence of the Russian tsars. ...

The summer palace is a fascinating opulent testament to excess and aristocracy.

This is the world-famous Amber Room.
Life was good for the Emperor and Empresses of Russia.


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