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Travel Blogs from St. Petersburg
... they used for such ordinary objects that could easily be destroyed or at least worn down very quickly. The next room displayed 19 gilded carriages from the 18th & 19th centuries. The first one looked very primitive but they progressively got more grand until Catherine the Great’s carriage, which was covered in emeralds and rubies and other gemstones on the outside of the carriage. Can you imagine if the outside of cars were covered in jewels today?
... Aurora and the Saint Isaac Cathedral. Our quote of the day came up here.
"What the grey building in the distance."
"Its not grey, its blue and white."
Then it was time for dinner and some free time to explore St. Petersburg during the evening.
Late slips given: 12
... with Krondstadt to the left and St Petersburg in the distance on the right. Knowing that Peter stood exactly where I was standing and looked out of the same window at the same view was a very exciting feeling. You get a really feeling for Peter in that place. The study where he oversaw his empire from. The bedroom where he slept (with his actual nightcap!). The toilet where he...well, you know. Unfortunately you're not allowed to take any photos in Monplaisir.
Each room of ...
... to town, we visit SS. Peter and Paul Cathedral and fortress originally built by Peter the Great between 1712 and 1723. It is the second highest building in St. Petersburg (after the TV tower) and its elegant 404 foot spire is the highest Greek Orthodox bell tower in the world as well as the oldest symbol of the city. Although still used occasionally as a cathedral, SS. Peter and Paul is primarily a museum and houses the graves of the ...
... of art themselves; each room dedicated to an
artist, country or period of art. Leaving
the Hermitage, we visited The Church on Split Blood...built in the
traditional Russian style, it is an especially impressive work of art
in itself decorated ceiling to floor with hundreds of mosaics
painstakingly restored to their original grandeur after damages from
WWII. Randy commented that they had apparently mopped up the place
since he found no blood.