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: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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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