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June 7-9, 2008. 


Photos taken prior to our boat ride to Vasilyevsky Island.



Photos taken from our boat's balcony of a very expensive yacht.



Customs and passport check.



Vasilyevsky Island.

Main trade port.  The building is the stock exchange.  The monument is the Rostral column which commemorates outstanding naval victories.



Hermitage Museum.

Formerly the Winter Palace of the Czar.










The Palace Square.

Immense space used for gatherings.



Church of the Spilt Blood.

It was called Cathedral of the Resurrection.  Commemorates the place where Emperor Alexander II was wounded, dying later in the day at the Winter Palace.





The Peter and Paul Fortress and Cathedral.

Highest building in St Petersburg.  The angel on top of the spire is a prominent symbol in the city.



Interior views of the church.




The burial chamber of the last Romanovs, Nicholas II, Tsarina Alexandra and three of their daughters, murdered on July 14, 1918 by the Bolsheviks.



The Idiot.

Lunch at a restaurant called THE IDIOT, named after a play by Dostoiweisky.



Nikolayevsky Palace.

Palace and Russian Folk Show.






Catherine Palace - Tsarskoye Selo.

Monument to Alexander Pushkin, the poet.



Exterior of the palace.





Landing on the State Stairway.



Moldings on the walls and ceilings.



The Great Hall or the Ballroom.



Views of public rooms.



Samples of sculptures.




Main dinning room.



The Picture Room with Delft ceramic stoves (loaded from the back, so as not to disturb people in the room).



The Amber Room ranked by connoisseurs among treasures of the world.  Plundered by the Nazis during the Second World War.  Almost completely restored.



Private rooms.




Palace gardens and pavilions.





The Pavlovsk Palace.

Exterior views of the palace.




Moldings of walls and ceilings.



Private chambers and display cases.





Forty Day infant blessing in palace chapel.



State rooms and gardens.



The Podvorye restaurant where we had lunch.




Welcoming Vodka bearing Russian Bear.



Singing and performing waiters.



The Yusupov Palace.

Prince Nikolai Yusupov bought it in 1830.  It was the scene of one of the final episodes in the history of the Russian Monarchy.

Interior staircase.    A drawing room.        Moorish room.           Dining room.



Reenactment of the murder of Rasputin

Prince Felix Yusupov (standing), conspires to poison Gregory Rasputin.  Rasputin didn't die fast enough so they took him to the basement and shot him.



The Russian Food Market in St  Petersburg.

Photos on the way to the market.



The Market, abundant wares.





Saint Petersburg's subway.

After leaving the food market, our guide took us for a subway ride.  The subway is so beautiful because it was felt that the general population did not have a chance to enjoy cultural things.




After we emerged from the subway, we drove to the Peterhof complex.




Monument to Rimsky-Korsakov, Russian composer 1844-1908.


Peterhof Palace complex.

Peter the Great founded Peterhof (in Dutch:  Peter's Court) in 1705.  It was a combination of palaces and gardens.

The Peterhof Palace.



The Great Palace.



Fountains and gardens called Fountain Park.  There are no pumps, all fountains are fed by gravity.     




 The Great Cascade.  



Chess Mountain.  The surface is tiled in black and white to resemble a chess board.


Special pavilions on the palace grounds.



Fountain designed with a special purpose of soaking the visitors as they walk on the cobblestones.



Monplaisir Palace (Peter the Great's summer palace).

Exterior of the summer palace.



Angie was our Russian guide, who showed us the interior of the Palace.



Views of the kitchen.



Dining rooms.



Personal use rooms.




Fountains of Monplaisir.



Hydrofoil back to St Petersburg.




St Isaac's Cathedral.

Russia's main cathedral, designed by Montferrand in 1857.

A model of the building.             A bust of Auguste de Montferrand.



The main iconostasis, 45 x 25 meters.       One of the magnificent chandeliers.



The painting is the Nativity of the Virgin by von Neff 1846-48.


The Resurrection of Christ stained glass window in main chancel.


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