Golden statues inside the Hermitage
The Hermitage Museum is one of the greatest collections of historic and cultural artifacts in the world. A tourist could spend several days walking through the corridors of the Hermitage and still only see a fraction of its treasures. The Russian Ark, a film recorded in one continuous shot inside the Hermitage, showed thirty three rooms in the palace and featured over 2,000 actors in period costumes and three live orchestras for the soundtrack. .
Unfortunately, I only had 2 1/2 hours to tour the palace during my brief visit to St. Petersburg. These photos are the result of that whirlwind tour. Click on the extended post to begin the photo tour of the Hermitage!
Day 1 in St. Petersburg: Friday, January 12, 2007
The Winter Palace was the winter residence for Russian Czars and the Romanovs until 1917
Traffic in front of the Winter Palace
Day 2 in St. Petersburg: Saturday, January 13, 2007
Looking towards St. Isaac's Cathedral from Palace Square
Palace Square on a more typical St. Petersburg winter day
This building was built to house the Imperial Russian General Staff, but is now an annex to the Hermitage
Another view of the General Staff Building of the Russian Empire
Lions painted in many different colors inside the Winter Palace courtyard
More painted lions
Families walking in the Winter Palace courtyard
Staircase near the main entrance
The throne of Peter the Great with a painting of the Czar and Czarina
Portrait of a Czarina
Throne of a Czarina
One of many crystal chandeliers in the palace
Italian fresco of the Madonna with the Christ child
Another medieval Italian depiction of the Madonna and Christ child
Painting depicting lovers
Ceiling in one room
A blue vase
A green vase
A golden tree with a golden peacock
Hallway with Greco-Roman statues
Statue depicting a Roman goddess
Sculpture of the mythological lovers Cupid (Eros) and Psyche
Statue depicting Jupiter
Statue depicting another Roman god
A mythological sea creature
Cover of a mummy's sarcophagus
Statue of a pharoah
Ancient Egyptian figurines
Another room in the Hermitage
...and another staircase
Group of tourists near the exit
All of these photos were taken with a Nikon Coolpix 5600 digital camera without a tripod. Link and reference to Russia Blog required when reposting these photos.
To view part one in the series Walking through St. Petersburg, click here.
To view part two in the series Walking through St. Petersburg, click here.