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... to the famous Herimtage Museum, housed in part in the Winter Palace. Built and expanded for over 150 years starting with Peter the Great in 1711 (for whom the city is named), it was Catherine the Great who acquired a enormous art collection and coined the name Hermitage. Throughout this period the peasants were starving but each successive Tsar thought it would be a bloody good idea to keep on improving and building the most opulent Palace in Russia. ...
... ground. When it was first erected, St Petersburger's thought it would fall over without support so for days after, the architect would walk around and around the base to show them it was safe. Two hundred years later and it's still standing!
A lot of people think that The Hermitage is just one building. But it is actually several buildings built along the embankment of the Neva River. The oldest is not the most well known (or the biggest) building ...
... cruising on a Fred Olsen ship. Blue is for 1-30 nights, Silver for 31-100 nights and Gold for those who have done more than 100 nights. Trevor and I are currently Silver and after this cruise we’ll have 66 nights total.
We went along to the Neptune Lounge for the free ‘champers’, wine or cocktails and canapés. The fact that ...
... the New Hermitage, the Small Hermitage and the Hermitage Theatre. It houses only 10% of all the works of art owned by the Museum, about 300,000 pieces. If they displayed all 3,000,000 pieces and we spent a minute admiring each one, it would take almost six years non stop to go through it all. The palace in itself is exquisite but the artwork is splendid. Works from Leonardo Da Vinci, Raphael, Rembrandt, all the masters of the Impressionism and Post-Impressionism era ...
... diameter was $1,500).
Much of the palace is not original as it was destroyed by the nazis during the war (we saw photos of the devastation) but due to detailed photos and original plans being available, most of it has now been restored to its previous splendour. It is a very popular attraction and even though this is out of tourist season there were many visitors today. And many not so bored teenagers!
When we arrived a band began ...