From Dusk Till Dome – Saint Petersburg

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Saint Petersburg is a very beautiful city. Some friends told me it was the most depressing city they’ve seen or heard of, like something straight out of Dostoyevsky’s saddest pieces of writing. I found that untrue in the busy city center, when the lights, natural or artificial, enhance its natural beauty. Yet it is true that if you go further, the buildings are less flamboyant and a grey sky can make the canals look a bit wistful. The snow makes everything better, though.

Dusk

I managed to reach the top of St Isaac’s cathedral on time to see a breathtaking sunset. My hands were freezing after two rounds around the domes to take pictures, but then I just walked one more time with my hands in my pockets to fully enjoy the views one more time.

Sunset from St Isaac Cathedral, Saint Petersburg, November 2018
Probably my favourite picture of the set.
Sunset from St Isaac Cathedral, Saint Petersburg, November 2018
The clouds look like pink northern lights.
Sunset from St Isaac Cathedral, Saint Petersburg, November 2018
Sunset from St Isaac Cathedral, Saint Petersburg, November 2018
Sunset from St Isaac Cathedral, Saint Petersburg, November 2018
Sunset from St Isaac Cathedral, Saint Petersburg, November 2018
When I was wondering if I’d reach St Isaac in time!
Saint Petersburg, November 2018
Panorama – Sunset on the Neva,
Saint Petersburg, November 2018
Boat on the Neva,
Saint Petersburg, November 2018

Dawn

The next morning, the Neva was even more frozen and the light truly nice. I walked from my beautiful Airbnb to the beautiful Saviour on the Spilled Blood church, with an interlude in the Russian Museum.

Winter view on the Summer Gardens through the icy Neva.
Saint Petersburg, December 2018
Frozen Neva, Saint Petersburg, December 2018

Monument to the fighters of the revolution with an eternal flame,
Saint Petersburg, December 2018
Frozen Neva, Saint Petersburg, December 2018
Mikhailovsky Palace (Russian Museum), Saint Petersburg, December 2018
Saviour on the Spilled Blood, Saint Petersburg, December 2018

Dostoyevsky, Pushkin…

Some parts of the city that made me aware of how they inspired authors like Dostoyevsky, Pushkin or Tolstoy. Canals, palaces and lonely snowy landscapes.

Lion on the embankment, Saint Petersburg, December 2018
Night panorama on the Neva,
Saint Petersburg, December 2018
Under a frosty Bridge of Sighs,
Saint Petersburg, December 2018
The Winter Palace (Hermitage State Museum),
Saint Petersburg, December 2018
Frozen Neva, Saint Petersburg, December 2018
Frozen Neva, Saint Petersburg, December 2018
Frozen Neva, Saint Petersburg, December 2018
Pavilion in the Mikhailovsky gardens, from the Moyka river,
Saint Petersburg, December 2018
The Griboyedov Canal with a view on Saviour on the Spilled Blood,
Saint Petersburg, December 2018

December Lights

Technically a few of these pictures were taken in the last day of November, but the lights look quite festive, and brighten the times nearing the winter solstice.

The Winter Palace (Hermitage State Museum),
Saint Petersburg, November 2018
The Winter Palace (Hermitage State Museum),
Saint Petersburg, November 2018
The Winter Palace (Hermitage State Museum),
Saint Petersburg, November 2018
The frigate at night, Saint Petersburg, December 2018
The frigate at night, Saint Petersburg, December 2018

Dazzling

Some interiors, in churches or in museums, were truly impressive. I spent something like 4 hours in the Hermitage Museum, which has nocturnes on Fridays, trying to see as many rooms as I could. I think I saw all the rooms I could visit in the Winter Palace and adjacent building. Most of the time, I was gasping at the sheer magnificence of these rooms. One interesting feature was back to back display of a portrait of Tsar Nicholas II and a portrait of Lenin. Also, some Siberian antiquities displayed in a truly anachronistic manners in gilded rooms.

I was particularly impressed by the Pavilion Hall, a striking room featuring Escher-like elements in a mix of styles (Oriental, Antiquity…) and a grandiose British Peacock Clock and automaton, acquired by the Empress Catherine in the 18th century.

The Hermitage Museum, Saint Petersburg, November 2018
The Jordan Staircase,
The Hermitage Museum, Saint Petersburg, November 2018
The ballroom from Anastasia! The Amorial Hall,
The Hermitage Museum, Saint Petersburg, November 2018
One of my favourite rooms – the Pavilion Hall,
The Hermitage Museum, Saint Petersburg, November 2018
The Peacock Clock –
the Pavilion Hall,
The Hermitage Museum, Saint Petersburg, November 2018
The Hermitage Museum, Saint Petersburg, November 2018
The Hermitage Museum, Saint Petersburg, November 2018
The Hermitage Museum, Saint Petersburg, November 2018
Malachite room of the Winter Palace,
The Hermitage Museum, Saint Petersburg, November 2018
The Jordan Staircase,
The Hermitage Museum, Saint Petersburg, November 2018
St Isaac Cathedral, Saint Petersburg, December 2018
Saviour on the Spilled Blood, Saint Petersburg, December 2018
Saviour on the Spilled Blood, Saint Petersburg, December 2018

Domes

Domes inside, domes outside, sacred and profane alike.

Saviour on the Spilled Blood, Saint Petersburg, December 2018
The Hermitage Museum, Saint Petersburg, November 2018
Saviour on the Spilled Blood, Saint Petersburg, December 2018
St Isaac Cathedral, Saint Petersburg, December 2018
Saviour on the Spilled Blood, Saint Petersburg, December 2018
The Hermitage Museum, Saint Petersburg, November 2018
Saint Petersburg Mosque,
Saint Petersburg, December 2018
Saviour on the Spilled Blood, Saint Petersburg, December 2018
Kazan Cathedral, Saint Petersburg, December 2018
Kazan Cathedral, Saint Petersburg, December 2018

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