Friday, July 15, 2016

St. Petersburg

Michelle says:

St Petersburg is one of the loveliest cities. Everything used to be a palace and there is so much history to try to absorb.Two days is not enough time. There are five large buildings to the Hermitage including one of Peter's summer or winter palaces. Of everything we visited the Hermitage was the busiest which meant it was difficult to get up close to some of the artwork. Here's an outside shot.

This is the prettiest of the Russian Orthodox churches in the city. It is the Church of Our Saviour on Spilled Blood. It is where Alexander 2 is entombed. I'm sending a photo of the interior which is absolutely beautiful.
All four walls with mosaics:

Peter's crowning achievement fashioned after Versailles. One picture is a close up and the other Tom took outside the gate to show how expansive it is.

There are the upper gardens and the lower gardens at the Palace. Here is a photo of the lower gardens with the fountains. With all the walking I did over the last two days, I would think that I should have lost some weight. Nope.

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