Tuesday, November 6, 2007

St. Petersburg, Russia

May 2003

It is Russia's second largest and Europe's third largest city after Moscow and London. 4.6 million people live in the city, and over 6 million people in the city with its vicinity. Saint Petersburg is a major European cultural center, and important Russian port on the Baltic Sea.

Since we did not have a Russian Visa, we were not able to walk around (Im not sure if its safe to walk around anyway - especially at night). Instead, we took 2 tours sponsored by Celebrity Cruises which allows non-visa holders to enter St. Petersburg.

The first tour took us to see Churches in St. Petersburg, and the second took us to The Hermitage Musuem.

1. Churches
One of the most spectacular, and certainly the most colorful, is the Church of the Resurrection, on the Griboyedov Canal a short distance from Nevsky Prospekt. It is also known as the Church on Blood, because it was built to commemorate Tsar Alexander II, who was assassinated in 1881 where the church now stands.


The State Hermitage Museum (Russian:
Государственный Эрмитаж, Gosudarstvennyj Èrmitaž) is one of the largest museums in the world, with 3 million works of art (not all on display at once), and one of the oldest art galleries and museums of human history and culture in the world.

Strong points of the Hermitage collection of Western art include Michelangelo, Leonardo da Vinci, Rubens, van Dyck, Rembrandt, Poussin, Claude Lorrain, Watteau, Tiepolo, Canaletto, Canova, Rodin, Monet, Pissarro, Renoir, Cézanne, van Gogh, Gauguin, Picasso, and Matisse.

Do you know any of the works below? Some I even remember studying in Art Class in highschool. It was awesome.

*some text taken from wikipedia.com

1 comment:

Alberto said...

The only artwork that looks familiar to me is the sculputure of this goddess in black standing beside the painting (3rd to the last pic)...wait... ikaw pala yon! :)