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Travel Blogs from St. Petersburg
... through it. The residential architecture of the city is dull, dirty and boring. However the downtown area was more ornate but still much of the area is dirty and boring. St Petersburg became Leningrad in 1921 and remained that until 1991. It was interesting to see that the city had 21 draw bridges that are only open from 1-5 am every day for boats to get through. We saw the church of the Resurrection. See pic. A beautiful ...
... begins with a walking tour of The Winter Palace, original home of Elizabeth (Peter the Greats daughter) and then became the ‘Hermitage’ museum for Catherine the Great. Many extravagant things are stored in here such as works by Da Vinci, Rafael, Michelangelo, Monet, Picasso to name a few. The palace is mainly built in the Baroque style. The grand staircase is marvellous and you can see on the roof typical style of Barock by the painting ...
... easy to see the similarities to other diesel submarines I had been on. I had a good look around, took many photos and then began my walk back to the centre of St Petersburg.
Coming across St Isaacs again I decided to take in a view from the platform around the dome. Climbing 100 plus stairs I was rewarded with great panoramic views over the city, and a closer view of scaffolding on the Cathedral.
From St Isaacs I headed to the Church of ...
... to sketches by Rastrelli and models by Johann Franz Dunker.
The Agate Rooms of Catherine II.
Beyond the Great Hall is the dining room for the courtiers in attendance (the Courtiers-in-Attendance Dining Room). The room was designed by Rastrelli in the mid-18th century. The small room is lit by four windows which look out into the formal courtyard. The architect placed false windows with mirrors and mirrored glass on the ...
... home for Tsars and their wives. There was some kind of millitary parade going on so I watched that for a while. Also on the way there I saw a mosque that was modeled on Emir Gur Mausoleum in Samarkhand. Im sure you will recognise it when you see it. Got a couple of pics of the stations as well. It will be an early night for me tonight and tomorrow some more sightseeing
I didnt sleep well last night, the rain kept me awake. I rained all night. ...
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