Hermitage museum tour

Hermitage museum tour | The Hermitage is ready to stand up for Palmyra 

Palmyra

While on the Hermitage museum tour, check out for the collection of artifacts from Palmyra stored in the Hermitage Museum, for it can be used for the reconstruction of the ancient Syrian city.

The Director of the State Hermitage museum Mikhail Piotrovsky said that his museum is ready to help restore the ancient town. Piotrovsky is an expert in the Arab world. He first visited Syria in the 1970s. In an interview with The Art Newspaper he said that museums around the world are preparing "for the moment when it will be possible to recreate Palmyra." The Hermitage is working with its colleagues - at this stage informally - on the collection of photos, prints and other archival documents, depicting the ancient city from all possible angles.Arch

Piotrovsky's initiatives are not limited to Palmyra. He has already spoken about the fate of the cultural heritage of Afghanistan, Iraq, Mali and Yemen. "Today all of a sudden the whole culture is under threat," - he said at the St. Petersburg International Cultural Forum in December. Next month the Hermitage is planning a day of Yemen with thematic exhibitions, film screenings and lectures to draw attention to the Yemeni monuments destroyed during the Saudi bombing. Another 15 museums around the world, including the Louvre, the British Museum and the Metropolitan Museum of Art are planning to participate in this action.

Visiting St Petersburg

Visiting St Petersburg: The unusual sights of the Peter and Paul Fortress

St Petersburg shore excursions

St Petersburg shore excursions

Is it your first time in St. Petersburg? You will get acquainted with the main attractions of the northern capital of Russia during your St Petersburg shore excursions on a bus tour of St Petersburg. You will learn basic information about the most famous St Petersburg buildings, monuments, streets and squares, parks and gardens, you will be kept up-to-date with the main events of St. Petersburg life. On your guided tours in St Petersburg the bus will take you to the places where it is impossible to get to by public transport or on foot. During this tour you will make your first impression of St. Petersburg and you will make a further plan of getting to know St Petersburg sights better.

st.isaacsDuring a bus tour of St. Petersburg you will see St. Isaac's Square with the magnificent St. Isaac's Cathedral, the Bronze Horseman, the Admiralty, the official residence of the Russian emperors – the Winter Palace and the Church of the Savior on the Spilled Blood, the Field of Mars. Further St Petersburg shore excursions lead to the Peter and Paul fortress. You will see the house of Peter I, the spit of Vasilevsky Island, the Rostral columns, the Stock Exchange building. The bus tour is the most popular way to get acquainted with St. Petersburg for the first time.

After the 3-hour guided tour in St Petersburg, if you wish, you can jump the queue to visit the Hermitage during the Hermitage Museum tour, the Kunstkamera, the Peter and Paul Fortress or set on a boat trip St Petersburg.

Tours in St. Petersburg

St. Petersburg is a beautiful city founded by Peter I. A lot of talented architects from around the world worked on the creation of the Northern capital. My tours will introduce you to the sights and famous attractions, you will  learn better the history of the creation and development of St. Petersburg in the course of three centuries - from the foundation of the fortress on the Hares' Island to the present day. You will see the masterpieces of sculpture, architecture and landscape - landscape art, you will walk along the magnificent architectural ensembles of the world level, you will learn about the city's mysteries, legends and stories.

The Grand Palace of Peterhof

 PeterhofThe Grand Palace of Peterhof is one of the most beautiful palaces in Europe. It is one of the largest monuments of the XVIII century protected by UNESCO.
The palace represents a linear symmetrical baroque composition. The length of its main facade that faces the Gulf of Finland is about 300 m. On the terrace, where the palace is located, even in the times of Peter there was an equipped fenced balustrade paved with cobble stones, which offers an amazing view of the Grand Cascade and the Marine Canal. The engineer Leblond wrote about this panorama: ... "these are the things that must be seen to judge about their beauty."
The GrandCascade itself isdesignedasa grand palace staircase.
From the Marine Canal the palace seems to be high, hovering above the surrounding landscape. From the opposite southern facade, where it is joined by the "French" regular Upper Garden, the building seems lower and fits in perfectly with the flat terrain and well lined landscape with large mirror pools.

The first phase of construction of the palace, named the Upper Chambers, goes back to the 1710th. Its construction was started by Johann Braunstein, who hadn’t taken into consideration the features of the soil terraces. As a result, the chambers began to sink and the walls gave soon cracks. In September 1716 Leblond came to Peterhof, who by the beginning of November of the same year had projected the redesign. Leblond’s project aimed at strengthening the foundations, the construction of an underground aqueduct to divert ground waters, changing the layout and interior decoration.