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deriek-2 Sankt Petersburg - A travel report by Mary
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The State Hermitage Museum in St. Petersburg

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No visit to St. Petersburg is complete without a visit to the Hermitage. The experts say that if you were to spent a minute looking at each exihibit on display in the Hermitage, you would need 11 years before you'd seen them all.


From the 1760s onwards the Winter Palace was the main residence of the Russian Tsars. Magnificently loceted on the bank of the Neva River, this Baroqe-style palace is perhaps St. Petersburg most impressive attraction. Many visitors also know it as the main building of the Hermitage Museum. The green-and-white three-storey palace is marvelous and boasts 1786 doors, 1945 windows and 1057 elegantly decorated halls and rooms, many of which are pen to the public.
The Winter Palace was bult between 1754 and 1762 for Empress Elizabeth, the daughter of Peter the Great. Unfortunatelly, she died before the palace's completoin and only Catherine the Great and her successors were able to enjoy the interiors of Elizabeth's home. Today the Winter Palace, together with four more buildings arrenged side by side along the river embarkment, houses the extensive collectoin of the Hermitage. It is the larges art gallery in Russia and among the largest and most respected art museums in the world.

Favourite spots:
The museum was foundid in 1764 when Catherine the Great purchased a collectoin of 255 paintings from the German city Berlin. Today, the Hermitage boasts over 2.7 million exhibits and displays a diverse range of art and artifacts from all over the world and from throughout history( from Ancient Egypt to early 20th century Europe). The collection include works by Leonardo da Vinci, Michelangelo, Raphael and Titian, a unique collection of Rembrants and Rubens, many French Impressionist works by Renoir, Cezanne, Manet, Monet and Pissarro, numerous canvasses by Van Gogh, Matisse, Gaguin and several sculptures by Rodin. The collection is both enormous and diverse and is an essential stop for all those interested in art and history.

What's really great:
Today the museum is creating its digital self-portrait to be displayed around the world. Computer technilogies enable the State Hermitage Museum to provide people from all over the wold with wider access to information about the museum and its
treasures.
www.hermitagemuseum.org
Location: Dvortsovaia Naberezhnaia, 32-38.
Open: 10:30 a.m. to 5:30 p. m., Sundays till 5 p.m.
Closed: Mondays Ticket-office 1 hour brfore closing time.
Entrance fee.

After the museum tour, you'll be on your own for the rest of the evening to have dinner, go exploring or take in a ballet or opera performance in one of the city's elegant theatres.

Accommodations:
The historic Astoria is one of the most luxurious hotels in St. Petersburg, boasting some of the best downtown location in the city. As a member of the Rocco Forte Luxury Collection, the hotel combines stunning Art Deco architecture, modern spacious rooms, fine dining and ab exelent location just a few minutes walk from major attractions ; the Hermitege, Nevsky Prospect and Mariinsky Opera and Ballet Theatre.
Corinthia Nevsky Palace Hotel is a 5-star hotel and offers comfortable rooms and a fine selection of in-house restaurants. It's situated right on Nevsky Prospekt, the city's bustling main thoroughfare.

Nightlife:
Tower Restaurant at London Club
41 Nabereznaya Chernoy Rechki
Very expensive, offers a wide selection of cuisine from sophisticated European and hearty Russian to genuine Japanese.

Hangouts:
The Red Lion British Pub
1 Plotshad Dekabristov
The largest most authentic British pub in the city. Enjoy a traditional pub atmosphere; watch spots on big screen; sing karaoke; listen to the music of some of the city's finest bands and dance the night away in the disco.

Restaurants:
The James Cook restaurant is conveniently just a few minutes walk from the Nevsky Prospekt. If you decided on the traditional pub, you'll find a menu specializing in various types of steaks and salad bar. James Cook featured 14 brands of beer from Russoa, England, Holland, the Czech Republic, Belgium, and other contries.

Published on Thursday June 16th, 2005


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Thu, Jun 16 2005 - 10:03 AM rating by rangutan

Another fantastic report, a place i'll so much like to visit one day.

Thu, Jun 16 2005 - 09:15 AM rating by gloriajames

Thanks for a wonderful report! 5*

Thu, Jun 16 2005 - 08:36 AM rating by bear495

This is a wonderful report about the Hermitage. Well done.

Russ

Thu, Jun 16 2005 - 08:23 AM rating by ravinderkumarsi

hiii mary
this is a wonderful report,to be honest i liked the pictures a looot
ravi

Thu, Jun 16 2005 - 06:53 AM rating by christianj.

Hi Mary,

your report arouses my curiosity - nice pictures and very informative. I'm just missing some information regarding affordable accomodations and authentic restaurants + pubs...

Take care, Christian

Thu, Jun 16 2005 - 06:06 AM rating by davidx

Very informative and it brings back great memories - but the city was called Leningrad then.

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