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Tuesday, September 6, 2011

H: Hermitage, St. Petersburg, Russia





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The State Hermitage Museum, in St. Petersburg, Russia, is the largest art museum in the world, with more than three million works of art in 10 buildings. While visiting on a tour from the Viking Surkov, during our August holiday with Viking River Cruises, my husband was able to get only a small taste of the riches.


















Despite seeing only a small part of the collection, Dick managed, of course, to give me hundreds of pictures from that day. In a future post, I will try to show you some of the paintings but, for now, here's one by an artist many people will recognize, and a photo of a few other paintings.

© Photos by Richard Schear




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29 comments:

Meryl said...

I have never visited the Hermitage - or St. Petersburg for that matter, but these photos are breathtaking and you have put it high on my list.

Roger Owen Green said...

My goodness, I need to go there in person someday!
ROG, ABC Wednesday team

Carver said...

Such a beautiful museum and a good choice for H day.

photowannabe said...

The Hermitage is so lovely. We visited it back when the city was still called Leningrad. 1983. Its an amazing place full of the most beautiful pieces of art.

jabblog said...

Three million - who could ever see and appreciate all of those in one lifetime? Love the domed ceilings - spectacular.

Kalyan said...

simply beautifully captured shots...lovely!

Sylvia K said...

Beautiful captures of such a fantastic place! Terrific choice for the day! Hope your week is going well, Kay! Enjoy!

Sylvia

Cezar and Léia said...

Been there, truly amazing, on par with the world's top ones!
God bless you!
Cezar

Francisca said...

The Hermitage is Heavenly! I enlarged every photo... whew! That must have been a few hours of sensory overload for Dick... but I'd take that kind of punishment any day!

Seasons said...

Excellent selection of pictures from a museum where, one could easily get lost - in directions and admiration. Thanks for sharing.

Nanka said...

Exquisite art and architecture!!


My H Post - Handlooms of India

Gigi Ann said...

As the old saying goes; "So much to see, so little time."

Cildemer said...

Wow! Such a magnificient place! Love Picasso and Picabia paintings!
Thanks for sharing these marvellous shots;o)

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Have a nice and happy week***

Kathy said...

How I'd love to see this place!

Joy said...

Its a fabulous collection, I've been once years ago but would love to return. The photos definitely show off its opulence.

Leslie: said...

Heavens!! So beautiful...I have a friend who's been to Russia and particularly St. Petersburg many times and I sure wish I can get there some day - "bucket list" item!

Leslie
abcw team

Cheryl said...

Such richness and abundance. Dick did a great job capturing the beauty and you chose some wonderful shots to share today.

Joyful said...

So beautiful and ornate.

Karen said...

Just gorgeous Kay. A place I would like to visit!

chubskulit said...

WoW!

My ABC is about the Humongous Coke in Disney.

Tumblewords: said...

Incredibly fine photos! So many places to see, so little time. :)

Rajesh said...

Beautiful place.

ChrisJ said...

It seems that St. Petersburg is one of the most beautiful cities in the world. I wish it weren't so far away. My husband has been and is trying to talk me into one of those cruises. I love that wooden screen.

Paula Scott said...

Wow. Those are incredible!

Reader Wil said...

The Hermitage must be a fantastic place. It looks so rich and wonderful. At the time the czar lived here there must have been an immense gap between the rich and the poor. I always have double feelings when I see such splendour, but I am glad that this was not destroyed during the revolution or WW II.
Have a great week, dear friend!

SquirrelQueen said...

With ten buildings it would take days to even see a fraction of the art. Your husband got some great shots. The Hermitage is on my list of places to see one day.

Gattina said...

That must be something very special and beautiful ! I am surprised that he was allowed to take pictures !

Hildred and Charles said...

Magnificent, - that would surely fill your soul with beauty.

Explorerminded said...

wow, simply stunning!