St Petersburg Shore Excursion: Sightseeing Tour Including Peter and Paul Fortress, Hermitage Museum and Cruise - Photos

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John L S

July 2014

 A poster publicizing the Crimson Sails Concert, at 11 PM on June 20, the day we left St. Petersburg. Crimson Sails is the annual celebration of all the St. Petersburg area's high school graduates. ... , John L S - July 2014

Crimson Sails poster

A poster publicizing the Crimson Sails Concert, at 11 PM on June 20, the day we left St. Petersburg. Crimson Sails is the annual celebration of all the St. Petersburg area's high school graduates. We missed it, but saw evidence everywhere.

John L S

July 2014

 :Picture taken by Barb Schmidt on our canal and river cruise. This is how Peter the Great intended people to get around in St. Petersburg - like they did in Amsterdam - by boat. His court was less ... , John L S - July 2014

The Winter Palace from the Neva River

:Picture taken by Barb Schmidt on our canal and river cruise. This is how Peter the Great intended people to get around in St. Petersburg - like they did in Amsterdam - by boat. His court was less than enthusiastic about it - bridges began to be built over the rivers and canals as soon as he died.

John L S

July 2014

 The walls are normally covered with the same red velvet with silver embroidery that's visible in the alcove around the throne. They're down for renovation. Some opulence! The Tsars were already ... , John L S - July 2014

The small throne room (under renovation)

The walls are normally covered with the same red velvet with silver embroidery that's visible in the alcove around the throne. They're down for renovation. Some opulence! The Tsars were already thrown out of the Palace when the October Revolution took place.

John L S

July 2014

 Lita and Danny Schmidt entering Palace Square (where the Bolshiveks began the October Revolution in 1917. The Winter Palace is one of the 5 buildings of the State Hermitage Museum. If you spent ... , John L S - July 2014

The Winter Palace

Lita and Danny Schmidt entering Palace Square (where the Bolshiveks began the October Revolution in 1917. The Winter Palace is one of the 5 buildings of the State Hermitage Museum. If you spent one minute at every exhibit, it supposedly would take 11 years to see everything in it.

John L S

July 2014

 A picture of the interior of St. Isaac's Cathedral. What's ironic is that it was designed and built for the dynasty that helped defeat Napoleon, by one of Napoleon's troops. , John L S - July 2014

A view of the interior of St. Isaac's

A picture of the interior of St. Isaac's Cathedral. What's ironic is that it was designed and built for the dynasty that helped defeat Napoleon, by one of Napoleon's troops.

John L S

July 2014

 Jack, Danny and Barb Schmidt, in front of one of Amenhotep III's sphinxes, 2 of which stand on the Neva, where they've been for the past 200 years. Lita, our wonderful tour guide took the picture. ... , John L S - July 2014

The happy cruisers

Jack, Danny and Barb Schmidt, in front of one of Amenhotep III's sphinxes, 2 of which stand on the Neva, where they've been for the past 200 years. Lita, our wonderful tour guide took the picture. In front of the Academy of Fine Arts.

John L S

July 2014

 The dome of St. Isaac's. Basically visible from all over the city. The original gilding is on the dome - 3 layers of gold, applied to copper by burning off mercury from the amalgam that was painted ... , John L S - July 2014

The dome of St. Isaac's, St. Petersburg

The dome of St. Isaac's. Basically visible from all over the city. The original gilding is on the dome - 3 layers of gold, applied to copper by burning off mercury from the amalgam that was painted on - only killed 60 people doing it in the mid 19th C. Wow!

John L S

July 2014

 The Church of the Resurrection of Christ, on the site of the Mortal Wounding of His Honored Majesty Alexander II. Alexander II, the liberator of the serfs, was killed by the 2nd of 2 bombs thrown at ... , John L S - July 2014

The Church on the Spilled Blood

The Church of the Resurrection of Christ, on the site of the Mortal Wounding of His Honored Majesty Alexander II. Alexander II, the liberator of the serfs, was killed by the 2nd of 2 bombs thrown at him on March I, 1881. When he dismounted to see what damage the first had caused, the second got him.

John L S

July 2014

 Our tiny guide - Lita - going ahead of us to get tickets to the Cathedral of Sts. Peter and Paul, the burial place of all the Tsars, from Peter the Great, on. Peter began St. Petersburg here, in ... , John L S - July 2014

Fortress of Peter and Paul

Our tiny guide - Lita - going ahead of us to get tickets to the Cathedral of Sts. Peter and Paul, the burial place of all the Tsars, from Peter the Great, on. Peter began St. Petersburg here, in 1703.

John L S

July 2014

 One of the two rostral pillars (originally conceived of as light houses) on the spit of Vasilievsky Island in St. Petersburg. , John L S - July 2014

One of St. Petersburg's Rostral pillars

One of the two rostral pillars (originally conceived of as light houses) on the spit of Vasilievsky Island in St. Petersburg.

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