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... largest and most famous Museums in the world. The Museum is set inside the 'Winter Palace' of St Petersburg. Many of the guidebooks say that you need several days to explore the building - we naively thought we could probably cram it in to one day. The size of the museum is really beyond comprehension, they have over 3,000,000 pieces of artwork on display in the palace and corridors join the original palace buildings ...
... s (not Germans) had destroyed much of the palace and the collections so much of what we saw was the result of years of painstaking restoration and the putting back of some of the original art works and huge chandeliers. Much of the collections were hidden successfully during the occupation so these have been reinstated using old photos for authentic placement. Gold leaf has been applied to just about everything from doors to ceilings to ornate walls and ...
... on to the Winter Palace. Now there is also the small hermitage (where Catherine’s favorite lovers had their suites), the old hermitage (for very important guests) and the new hermitage (the first building to open as a museum.)
It only took 6 years to build the Winter Palace, which is shocking to me. With all of the designs and details in the palace, the fact that it only took 6 years is remarkable.
... 1st. Over 100kg's of gold were used on the facade of the 325 metre long palace and the gold gilded exteriors were a stunning backdrop to it's vast snow covered grounds. Much of the building was destroyed during World War II and it was only recently re-opened in much of it's former glory.
Accompanied by Vladimir's informed commentary we were constantly amazed by the many rooms including the famed Amber Room. Each one ...
... But that is the only negative experience that I've had. In a group of women, obviously gay but cool women, I haven't seen any negative reactions by anybody, even though we were in bars which were not gay bars and danced together.
Some people that I've met, speak perfect English. However, with a group of friends there is always somebody who doesn't speak English and the conversations turns into Russian. So I should definitely keep on studying...
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