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Nowadays, when we think of the Hermitage, we imply the architectural complex that was evolving for over a century and that includes several buildings: The Winter Palace (1762),The Small Hermitage (1775), The Large (Old) Hermitage (1787), the Hermitage theatre (1787), and the New Hermitage. The State Hermitage museum is one of the largest museums in the world along with the Louvre in Paris, The National Gallery and The British Museum in London, and the Prado Museum in Madrid. Its collection includes approximately 3 million exhibits: 15,000 paintings, 12,000 sculptures, and 224,000 objects of applied arts.
The cathedral is named after reverend Isaac the Dalmatian, a Byzantium monk because on May 30th the remembrance day is also the day of birth Peter the Great, the founder of Saints Petersburg and the first Russian emperor. The fourth and the last version of the church is the cathedral itself, recognized as a masterpiece of the 19th century’s architecture, by the design proposed by the French architect, August de Montferrand. The interior design of the cathedral can astonish with the perfection of shapes’ execution, at the same time, the numerous pieces of art, the combination of colorful gems and gilding.
Currently, the Winter Palace constitutes a part of the architectural complex of one of the largest museums in the world – the State Hermitage museum. The Palace is situated in the heart of Saints Petersburg. Built in 1762 for 155 years the Winter Palace had been used as the main residence of the Russian royal family until the last Russian monarch – Nicholas the 2nd. It is one of the brightest, finest and latest momentums of the High Baroque, the style that strived to show solemnity and grandiosity.
On May 27th of 1703 the beginning of the foundation of the fortress called Sankt Petersburg was initiated. The name of this fortress spread onto the city that was founded and quickly spread next to it. The fortress itself was named after one of its own parts — the cathedral, located right in its center, which was named after the saints Paul and Peter. It became the first Cathedral and the first sight of burial of the Russian Emperors and Empresses.
It is a monument of the Russian architecture in the spirit of romantic nationalism that dates back to the beginning of the 20th centuries. It was built on the site at which Emperor Alexander the 2nd was fatally wounded. Because of this the cathedral is more often referred to as the Spilled blood church. The most important and unique feature in the decoration is the mosaic images and compositions. Their whole area totals over 7,000 square meters, which is one of the largest collections of monumental mosaics in Europe.
Peterhof is the «world’s capital of fountains», a tremendous extravaganza of water and gold, marble and bronze. More than 150 fountains form a unique park complex - "Russian Versailles". Founded in 1710, it was the summer residence of Russian emperors for two centuries. Its Grand palace retains magnificent examples of palace interiors of the 18-19th centuries, including the stunning carved work of the oak cabinet of the founder Peter the Great.
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My guests: Where do you like to walk in the city center of St. Petersburg?
Where do you like to walk in the city center? Ask my guests. Well, I’ll be happy to share my route somewhat off the beaten paths. I start from the Palace Square across the Pevchesky Bridge into the Capella's courtyard, then through several courtyards and…Read more
The New Year Celebration Russia
The New Year is one of the calendar Russian holidays, celebrated on the night of December 31 to January 1 of each year. Until the XV century (perhaps also before the adoption of Christianity) in Russia, the new year began on March 1, according to…Read more
New Year's Eve St Petersburg 2019
Today I want to tell you about the main holiday in Russia. Guess what is it? No, it isn’t Christmas. It’s New Year. We all love this holiday so much. There is something magical in it. We celebrate it on the 31st of December and…Read more