Presentation on theme: "Saint Petersburg ___________________ Founded by Tsar Peter the Great on May 27, 1703, it was capital of the Russian Empire for more than two hundred years."— Presentation transcript:
Saint Petersburg ___________________ Founded by Tsar Peter the Great on May 27, 1703, it was capital of the Russian Empire for more than two hundred years. Ceased being the capital in 1918 after the Russian Revolution of 1917. The city's other names were: Petrograd (1914–1924) and Leningrad (1924–1991) Russia __________________________________
Saint Petersburg Dvortsovaya Square – Alexanders Column and General Staff building from the Hermitage
Saint Petersburg Hermitage Museum from Neva River. Founded in 1764; inaugurated in 1852, it occupies five contiguous palaces, the largest being the old Winter Palace – official residence of the Tsars.
Saint Petersburg Hermitage Museum – Winter Palace – side at Dvortsovaya Square. Designed by Bartolomeo Rastrelli, in Rococo-style green-and-white, it has 1,057 halls and rooms; 1,786 doors and 1,945 windows.
Saint Petersburg Catherine the Great was its first imperial occupant. Its collection exceeds three million art pieces; one of its great first acquisitions was Da Vincis The Madonna and Child in 1865.
Saint Petersburg The Hermitage – inside – a balcony
Saint Petersburg The Hermitage – architecture and chandeliers lights
Saint Petersburg The Hermitage – old royal library
Saint Petersburg The Hermitage - Raphael Loggias gallery
Saint Petersburg Hermitage Museum – the awakening of a new Great Russian artist? Who knows…
Saint Petersburg Cathedral of Our Lady of Kazan (1810-1811) is the mother cathedral of the metropolis of St. Petersburg
Saint Petersburg Peterhof, the Summer palace, in fact a series of palaces and gardens, built between 1714 and 1725
Saint Petersburg Peterhof Palace - the Samson Fountain and Sea Channel overlooking the Gulf of Finland, an arm of the Baltic Sea
Saint Petersburg Peterhof Palace – inner architecture and paintings
Saint Petersburg Peterhof Palace - a dining room
Saint Petersburg Breakfast at the Grand Hotel Europe
Saint Petersburg Yusupov Palace, the most sumptuous non- imperial palace, was built in the 1760, and in 1830 the palace became the property of Duke N.B.Yusupov. Visiting Italy the eccentric Duke admired a white marble staircase: bought the entire palace just to have it transported to St. Petersburg... Today, this palace is a Museum.
Saint Petersburg Water Carrier monument - Museum and administrative complex Vodokanal
Saint Petersburg Egyptian Bridge - carries Lermontov Avenue over the Fontanka River. Sphynx by the sculptor Pavel Sokolov - 19th-century
Saint Petersburg Neva river and the Twelve Collegiums of Saint Petersburg University
Saint Petersburg Bank Bridge - across the Griboyedov Canal – 19th-century Mythological Griffins by the sculptor Pavel Sokolov
Saint Petersburg Dom Knigi House of books is located in the Art Nouveau style once Singer Building
Saint Petersburg Dom Knigi House of books door detail inside
Saint Petersburg Fyodor Dostoevsky, writer whose works, including Crime and Punishment and The Brothers Karamazov have had a profound and lasting effect on intellectual thought and world literature. Portrait by Vassili Perov
Saint Petersburg Dostoevsky Memorial Museum - where he wrote Crime and Punishment
Saint Petersburg And from the enchanting St. Petersburg Dostoievsky prophesied: Only beauty will save the World!