Ever since I was a young girl I’ve always been intrigued by Russia. Anytime I would see photos of tourists posed in front Saint Basils Cathedral or The Church of the Savior on Spilled Blood, I would think I’ve got to go there and witness those magical looking Cathedrals.
My husband and I went to Saint Petersburg last month and spent 2 full days touring the city. This city was so interesting. I have to admit that I was slightly nervous to visit. We started our tour bright and early at 8 AM and were greeted by an overly serious customs agent, tanker trucks and the Russian military- I was scared to death. Thankfully our guide informed us that they were preparing for a parade that week. PHEWW, I thought they were after us!
Our first stop was of the Hermitage Museum otherwise known as the Winter Palace built by Catherine the Great. Catherine wanted a place to keep all of her art work to herself- how rude, hahah! Really this is how the name was derived. Hermitage derived from the word Hermit meaning to be alone.
While touring though the halls we were able to view famous paintings by Leonardo da Vinci and Rembrandt. Pavillon Hall was by far one of my most favorite rooms. As you enter the hall you are welcomed by large white marble columns with gold detailing and 28 spectacular crystal chandeliers. I thought wow, Catherine the Great had magnificent taste!
As we finished up our tour we heard a loud BOOM! We were all frightened.. then our guide said “Oh, don’t worry. That was a fake cannon. It goes off everyday at 12!” I thought those ruskies were about to give me a heart attack!
We continued our tour onto the next stop St. Isaac’s Cathedral. This cathedral is known for its massive oversized gold plated dome. Once inside you will notice the beautiful bright green granite style columns. If you look up at the center of the dome you will notice a white dove which is a symbol of the Holy Spirt.
We finished the day touring at one of my favorite stops .. hello bucket list, The Church of the Savior on Spilled Blood! I could not wait to see those beautifully colored cupolas first hand and of course take a selfie, haha! I was in awe the minute I saw this amazing cathedral. The inside is just as spectacular with all the detailed mosaic tiles.
As always after a long day of touring I sat back and had a glass of wine and reflected on such a fascinating day… I mean I could not believe that I just toured Russia! And had Vodka shot at lunch in Russia, haha!
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