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Sunday, August 27, 2017

St. Petersburg, Russia - Day 1 - August 2017



We took a Baltics Summer Cruise to St. Petersburg this year, here is a brief summary providing you with some basic 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. It's collections comprise over three million items, including the largest collection of paintings in the world.


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






With so much gold and opulence, when’s 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, is part of the six Hermitage Buildings.



 Paintings and sculptures from the 19th and 20th century is 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.







I’ve never seen so many Impressionists paintings in this 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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