Trip Start Aug 08, 2003
5Trip End Aug 17, 2003
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We visited the St. Petersburg Hermitage museum which had an impressive display of cultural artifacts. I can't say that I actually saw all 3 million artifacts, but we did see quite a bit! The museum was huge and made up of 6 buildings. This museum had been founded in 1764 when Catherine the Great purchased a collection of over 200 paintings.
Later we visited the Church of our Savior on Spilled Blood which was built in 1881.
We also visited the Peterhof which is an imperial palace and estate built in 1710 by Peter the Great. The inside of the palace was very elegant. My favorite part was the "backyard". As we walked down the back steps there was an enormous cascade of fountains that led into a gigantic garden where we walked and enjoyed some of the 150 fountains there. I enjoyed listening to two little Russian girls play some music in the garden.
When we left we traveled out by a hydro-foil speedboat.