St. Petesburg

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The band

We spend two days in St. Petesburg.  It was a marvelous experience.  At the port we were greeted by a nice band that played very nice music during the morning.   During the first day we visited the city went to several interesting places like the Church on the Spilled Blood, the Aurora, St. Isaacs Cathedral, a store that I do not remember where we tasted different kinds of Vodka, The Astoria Hotel where we had a very nice lunch, and several city squares/parks.

The Church on the Spilled Blood also known as the Resurection Church of our Savior, was built on the spot where Tsar Alexander II was assassinated.  Unfortunately in the Soviet era was used as a warehouse.  Because of this the interior was damaged and has required many years or restoration.

  Once you are inside you are captivated by the beautiful mosaics and marbles.  It is one of the most magnificent Churches I have seen.

We also saw the Rostral Columns, originally they were ligthouses.  They are 105ft high (32m), today they are still ligthed on special ocasions.

The second day we went to Peterhof in the morning and the Hermitage in the afternoon.  Peterhof was started by Peter the Great.  It has many fountains and gardens.  The grand cascade in Peterhof was created between 1715 and 1724, it has 37 bronze sculptures, 64 fountains and 149 water jets.  Decending from the palace thru the Marine Canal to the Golf of Finland.    The marine canal was used to sail from the golf of Finland to the Great Palace by the Tsars.

another cruise ship
  It is a very impresive place to visit.  I was told that during WWII the German Army damaged parts of the buildings, and they had to be reconstructed. 

The Hermitage, is located in the winter palace.  It is huge and you can not see all the collections in a reasonable timeframe.  Also the palace itself is a big competition with the artwork because you do not know what you want to look at, the collection or the palace itself.  We went to some key art pieces and they were wonderful as well as the palace. 

When we were leaving St.Petesburg, we passed close to Kronstadt,  which is an island where the Baltic Fleet has been stationed since the Tsars. 

 

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The band
The band
another cruise ship
another cruise ship
The Aurora
The Aurora
The Church on the Spilled Blood
The Church on the Spilled Blood
SS Peter and Paul
SS Peter and Paul
Rostral Column
Rostral Column
Artillery museum
Artillery museum
St. Isaacs Cathedral
St. Isaac's Cathedral
Astoria Hotel
Astoria Hotel
Marine Canal
Marine Canal
Grand Cascade at Peterhof
Grand Cascade at Peterhof
Peterhof
Peterhof
Baltic Fleet
Baltic Fleet
Kronstad
Kronstad