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margaretshark

Our tour of St. Petersburg, Russia

Updated: Sep 20, 2013 12:24pm PST

Russia bridge runner : This child ran from bridge to bridge as we travelled the canal through the main area of St. Petersburg. At the end of the trip, he was there, hoping for coins. This was not a fun run. Looking at his face, we could see the pain and weariness.

Russia bridge runner

margaretshark

This child ran from bridge to bridge as we travelled the canal through ...

Updated: Sep 15, 2013 7:47pm PST

Pskov, Russia : Pskov is a city in western Russia that's over 1,000 years old.  There are many Russian but few foreign tourists.  While they do have cell phones and flat screen TVs, life seems more traditional and less "globalized" than in Moscow and St. Petersburg.

Pskov, Russia

maric5

Pskov is a city in western Russia that's over 1,000 years old. There ...

Updated: Jul 30, 2012 5:55am PST

Quadrocycles : Vacation In Russia, 2012

Quadrocycles

lamart

Vacation In Russia, 2012

Updated: Jul 14, 2012 4:33pm PST

St. Petersburg to Peterhof : Took the hydrofoil from St. Petersburg to Peterhof, a breathtaking palace.

St. Petersburg to Peterhof

maric5

Took the hydrofoil from St. Petersburg to Peterhof, a breathtaking pal ...

Updated: Jul 14, 2012 9:50am PST

Iron curtain, toy camera : Snapshots from Russia and other countries formerly under its influence (Bulgaria, Hungary, Poland, Czech Republic, Mongolia), repurposed with "toy camera"-like effects.

Iron curtain, toy camera

rreichle

Snapshots from Russia and other countries formerly under its influence ...

Updated: Jun 02, 2012 7:25pm PST

Yusupov's Palace : Yusupovs’ Palace on the Moika river Embankment, one of the 4 palaces Yusupovs had in St. Petersburg. Yusupovs were one of the richest families of Russia in the XIX century related by family ties to the Romanovs, for instance, the last owner of this palace Felix Yusupovs was married to Irina, niece of Nicholas II. Yusupovs were famous Maecenas and their theatre was the most popular of the private theatres in St. Petersburg. Gala and living rooms of the palace, beautifully decorated, one can see unique musical instruments there. The Golden Theatre is a copy of the Bolshoi of Moscow, the most famous actors, dancers and singers considered it an honor to perform on this stage. The Cellar wax museum is where in December 1916 Felix Yusupovs, Grand Duke Dmitry and other monarchists conspirators murdered Grigory Rasputin, morose and mysterious figure in Russian history.

Yusupov's Palace

JimG944

Yusupovs’ Palace on the Moika river Embankment, one of the 4 palaces ...

Updated: Jan 23, 2011 12:41am PST

St Isaac's Cathedral : St. Isaac’s Cathedral dominates the skyline of St. Petersburg. Seen from far out in the Gulf of Finland, the dome is covered with pure gold. Located along Decemberists Square, which is the second of St. Petersburg’s great squares, it was built between 1818 and 1858. Designed by August de Montferrand, dozens of stones and marble were incorporated into the edifice. The Cathedral is decorated with 14 kinds of minerals and semi-precious stones as well as mosaic paintings, frescoes and bas-reliefs. St. Isaac’s is also home to the only stained-glass window in the Russian Orthodoxy. 

Another feature of the Cathedral is a foucaults pendulum that demonstrates the revolution of the earth around its own axis. Also, not to be missed is the view from the dome.

St Isaac's Cathedral

JimG944

St. Isaac’s Cathedral dominates the skyline of St. Petersburg. Seen ...

Updated: Jan 22, 2011 11:52pm PST

Peterhof : Peterhof is situated on the southern shore of the Gulf of Finland, about 22 miles southwest of St. Petersburg. Also known as Petrodvorets, it was founded in 1710 as a summer residence for Peter the Great. Altered and extended over the years, it was almost completely rebuilt between 1747 and 1754. Inside the Grand Palace are many splendid displays of art, decorative objects and furniture. The Palace over-looks a vista of spreading gardens and fountains.

Peterhof

JimG944

Peterhof is situated on the southern shore of the Gulf of Finland, abo ...

Updated: Jan 22, 2011 9:50pm PST

Peter and Paul Cathedral : The historical core of St. Petersburg is the Peter and Paul Fortress, a monument of military and engineering excellence. Located on Zayachy Island, the Fortress forms an irregular hexagon that stretches east to west with six bastions at the corners. The walls of the Fortress that face the Neva River were lined with granite blocks with fortifications built on the southern bank of the Petrogradsky Island for added protection. Inside are the former Royal Mint and the Peter and Paul Cathedral. The present Peter and Paul Cathedral are made of stone and replaced the old wooden church of St. Peter and St. Paul. This cathedral was St. Petersburg’s first monumental building and is also the burial vault of many Russian emperors.

Peter and Paul Cathedral

JimG944

The historical core of St. Petersburg is the Peter and Paul Fortress, ...

Updated: Jan 22, 2011 9:26pm PST

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