Russia: The Hermitage Museum

On our second day in Saint Petersburg, we attempted to conquer the Hermitage Museum. It is located in the Winter Palace and slowly became a museum after Catherine the Great began collecting and displaying artwork in the Palace  (It was also partially because of this opulence that the commoners revolted in Square right outside the Winter Palace and then stormed the Palace). There are literally miles of corridors lined with art, statues, and antiques. One could spend weeks and years looking at everything. Given that we were only spending a day there, we took in some of the highlights using the guided tour in one of our books and the listening device provided (highly recommended to give you context). Here is a small glimpse of what we saw, but of course it’s always better in person. If you like art, we definitely recommend you head to St. Petersburg.  Alternatively, you could go to Amsterdam, where the Hermitage just opened a branch.

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~ by Rob Page III on July 30, 2009.

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