The Hermitage Museum in St. Petersburg
Trip Start Oct 17, 2010
14Trip End Oct 24, 2010
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The Hermitage Museum.
We are walking towards the Hermitage Museum and I am curious to see if I can pass through, this time as a local and paying less!
We are standing in a queue waiting in line until our turn comes. Katerina asks for 2 tickets, and she is asked to show her identity card I guess, and then the lady asks for my own. Katerina replies that I have left it at home…..and then the next sentence from the lady is "She has to pay 400 rubles".
“Ok…ok I will pay the 400 rubles because I am sure it is worth it” this is what I am thinking now
The Winter Palace stands at the beginning of the Palace Embankment, one of the most celebrated architectural ensembles of St. Petersburg.
First thing we do is to leave our coat and scarf at the cloakroom, and get a badge with a number so as to get them back at the end of the tour. How comfortable I feel now! My hands' temperature is back to normal, and the only thing I care now is whether I am allowed to take photos in here.
Luckily I can take photos but without flash!
The state rooms of the Winter Palace are magnificent examples of the art of interior decorations. The ornate interiors served as the venue for official state ceremonies, receptions and balls; private life of several generations of the Imperial family also passed here.
Katerina is a tour guide and she explains all these to me.
From the shaded first flight we suddenly find ourselves to a huge brightly lit space and struck by the lavishness of the décor
In the small Throne Room (The Room of Peter the Great) the décor is dominated by the elements of Imperial symbolism. A remarkable feature of the room is the lining of the walls with dark crimson velvet embroidered in silver.
Especially notable among the historical interiors of the living apartments are the Boudoir and the Golden Drawing Room and the Rococo spirit is marked by an elegance of décor.
The origins of the Hermitage picture gallery which we are trying to find, date from the 1764 with a large collection of paintings by Western European artists. I don’t wan to miss this for anything! Authentic masterpieces by the greatest painters including many canvases by outstanding masters as Rembrandt, Rubens, Van Dyck and Jordaens. Also collections of paintings by Leonardo da Vinci, Raphael, Titian, Rembrandt, El Greco, Claude Monet, Auguste Renoir, Papblo Picasso and many others.
We spent 5 hours walking ….but one needs days to see even part of it! The Hermitage is huge. The last time I was in a similar museum was in Paris when we visited the Louvre.