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St. Petersburg, Russia


 

As observed by someone who knows little about art.

 

Well, everyone who goes to St. Petersburg "has to go" to the Hermitage (pronounced "air mih tazh' ").  I rarely go to the Chicago Art Institute, so I wasn't sure that I was looking forward to a day of roaming through an art museum, but frankly, I was blown away!  Not by the art, in my case, but by the gorgeous museum itself and the rooms of the Winter Palace - the art wasn't bad either.  My camera can't quite replicate the experience of being there, but I have tried my best to share some of the grandness and beauty of this spectacular place.  And if you find yourself in St. Petersburg, Russia sometimes, I would definitely recommend it for a visit even if you're not an art aficionado. 

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Planning tip: buy your tickets online

This photo shows only about 1/2 of the line on a rainy Tuesday (there's a large courtyard leading to the other side of the building, and that's where the ticket office is). 

Note: redeeming our online voucher required us to get to the ticket sales booth...I had to walk up to the front of the line and into the building  through the exit doors showing our voucher to the guard (who nodded and said "administration").  I went to the info desk, and they took me to the front of the line (somewhat shorter on the day we attended, but still pretty long) for immediate delivery of our entry tickets - and curious stares from the people in line.

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One of the first views is this impressive foyer. 

 

 

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I probably spent 5 minutes here admiring it and trying to get shots without hordes of people front and center.

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We did, at times, run into masses of people (resulting from tour groups).  But in general, the museum is pretty spacious and provided us with freedom and space to enjoy our visit.

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A wing focusing primarily on Rembrandt.

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A staring contest?  The Rembrandt seems to always win :-)

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Winter Palace

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Ceiling details

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Winter Palace Armorial Hall

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Winter Palace War Gallery (with wedding couple)

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Winter Palace

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