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We spent three days in St Petersburg, and took two excursions each day, so it was a pretty hectic pace. (Plus, each excursion meant passing through Russian immigration on the way off and back on the ship.) We walked through the Hermitage, saw Swan Lake as a Russian ballet, visited three cathedrals, traveled out to Catherine's Palace followed by a Russian meal in a restaurant, toured the Faberge Museum, and took a river cruise. On top of all that, it was Navy Day which is a big yearly event in St Petersburg since Peter the Great founded the navy in St Petersburg. Realized we were going to need a vacation after our vacation...

Hermitage Exterior

Hermitage Exterior

Entrance Stairway

Entrance Stairway

Stairwell

Stairwell

Private Throneroom

Private Throneroom

Ballroom

Ballroom

Portrait Gallery of Heroes of the 1812 War

Portrait Gallery of Heroes of the 1812 War

Formal Throne Room

Formal Throne Room

Throne

Throne

Modeled after Ancient Greek Mosaic

Modeled after Ancient Greek Mosaic

Working Peacock Clock

Working Peacock Clock

Peacock Room

Peacock Room

Twelve Column Hall

Twelve Column Hall

Largest Vase in the World

Largest Vase in the World

Malachite Vase

Malachite Vase

da Vinci Room

da Vinci Room

da Vinci Madonna and the Child (The Benois Madonna)

da Vinci Madonna and the Child (The Benois Madonna)

Replica of the Rafael Lodges

Replica of the Rafael Lodges

Michelangelo - Crouching Boy

Michelangelo - Crouching Boy

Large Italian Skylight Room

Large Italian Skylight Room

More Italian Paintings

More Italian Paintings

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Subcategory:Europe
Subcategory Detail:Russia
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