__________________________________. Russia. ___________________. 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.
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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)
Dvortsovaya Square – Alexander’s Column and General Staff building from the Hermitage
Hermitage Museumfrom 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.
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.
Catherine the Great was its first imperial occupant.
Its collection exceeds three million art pieces; one of its great
first acquisitions was Da Vinci’s The Madonna and Child in 1865.
The Hermitage – inside – a balcony
The Hermitage – architecture and chandelier’s lights
The Hermitage – old royal library
The Hermitage - Raphael Loggia’s gallery
Hermitage Museum – the awakening of a new Great Russian artist?
Cathedral of Our Lady of Kazan(1810-1811)
is the mother cathedral of the metropolis of St. Petersburg
Peterhof, the Summer palace, in facta series of palaces and gardens, built between 1714 and 1725
Peterhof Palace - the Samson Fountain and Sea Channel overlooking the Gulf of Finland, an arm of the Baltic Sea
Peterhof Palace – inner architecture and paintings
Peterhof Palace - a dining room
Peterhof Palace - a bedroom
Resurrection of Christ Church (a.k.a. The Church of Our Savior
on Spilled Blood) built between 1883 and 1907
Church of Resurrection of Christ
(a.k.a. The Church of Our Savior on Spilled Blood) - details
The Catherine Palace was the Rococo summer residence of the Russian tsars, located in the district of Tsarskove Selo (Pushkin).
Pushkin Catherine Palace – architecture’s details
Pushkin Catherine Palace – banquet room
Statue of Alexander Pushkin (1900),
poet which wide knowledge of Russian Idiom and richness in its use influenced authors like Gogol, Liermontov e Turgueiniev.
Mikhailovsky Palace, constructed in 1819-1825, houses
the State Russian Museum since 1895.
Saint Isaac's Cathedral
Saint Isaac’s Cathedral – dome with a lavish decoration
Tsar Nicholas IIand the Romanov family - 1911
After the 1917 Revolution Petrograd (St. Petersburg), Capital of the Empire, lost its title to Moscow, Capital of Russia.
The Aurora Cruiser launched in 1900, achievement of Imperial shipyards, became a symbol of the October Revolution. Nowadays is a museum.
Summer night with Church Our Savior on Spilled Blood in background...
The same place... in a winter day...
But Springtime’s colors always comes in St. Petersburg too...
Metro - Avtovo subway station
Mariinsky Theatre - is a historic theatre of opera and ballet, opened in 1860.
(Kirov State Academic Theatre of Opera and Ballet from 1935 to 1992)
Mariinsky Theatre – Royal box
Swan Lake – performance of Tchaikovsky’s famous ballet at the Imperial Theatre on the Fontanka.
Nevsky Prospekt, or the Neva, is the main street; planned by Peter the Great
as beginning of the road to Novgorod and Moscow
Nevsky Prospect - today the avenue runs from the
Admiralty to the Moscow Railway Station
Grand Hotel Europe
Breakfast at the Grand Hotel Europe
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.
Water Carrier monument - Museum and administrative complex Vodokanal
Egyptian Bridge - carries Lermontov Avenue over the Fontanka River.
“Sphynx” by the sculptor Pavel Sokolov - 19th-century
Neva river and the Twelve Collegiums of SaintPetersburg University
Bank Bridge - across the Griboyedov Canal – 19th-century
Mythological“Griffins” by the sculptor Pavel Sokolov
Dom Knigi “House of books” is located in the Art Nouveau style
once Singer Building
Dom Knigi “House of books”
Portrait by Vassili Perov
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.
Dostoevsky Memorial Museum - where he wrote “Crime and Punishment”
And from the enchanting St. Petersburg Dostoievsky prophesied:
“Only beauty will save the World!”
So long, St. Petersburg!