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... of the cathedral that is used for worship today, but the rest of the building is a museum. Around the church are displays explaining how the church was built. The scale model showing how the exterior solid marble columns were raised into position was very interesting. We had planned to climb the colonnade to get views of the city, but it was closed for some repair work.
Lunch today was in the basement of a ...
... a little tipsy at the bar and stumbling home (the sun was still up though, so its all good).
Sleep ins were the order of the day the next day, and we eventually woke to quite a cold and windy morning (well, late morning!). A false start without jackets looking for an ATM (seriously they seem to have something against them!) and we eventually got on the hydrofoil (adding to the cool modes of transport we've taken) and visited the fountains at Peterhof on the other side of the ...
... Empire. It remained the seat of the Romanov dynasty and the Imperial Court of the Russian Tsars, as well as the seat of the Russian government, for another 186 years until the Communist Revolution of 1917.
The emancipation of the serfs in 1861 brought a flood of impoverished workers into the city, leading the squalor, disease and widespread discontent. St Petersburg became a hotbed of strikes and political violence, leading to the 1905 Revolution.
... of yet, so we got over there just in time before it closed.
I’m so glad I didn’t miss seeing the inside of this church. It might be the most impressive church I’ve ever been in. It’s pretty big inside, but by no means the biggest church I’ve seen. The thing that blew me away was that there were no paintings inside the church at all. Not one. But everything in the church ...
... after staring at a giant photo of St Basils on my wall at the centre of my vision board for the last few years it felt very surreal to be standing actually in front of it. Luck would have it that it was miserable and grey however from the back end of the church I got the blue sky and picture I had been dying to get. Surprisingly the inside of the cathedral was far more basic than I had expected and far less elaborate than the exterior.
Next stop came the Kremlin with its ...