I have a certain fascination with all things Russian it seems... why that is, I have absolutely no idea. Years ago I was fortunate to make some new friends; a couple who, at that time, lived in St. Petersburg. They sent me the pics and information. Guess where they moved to from the city of art? ... Chicago. Hmmm... but, they will soon be moving from there to somewhere with wind and waves... as Vlad has now become a licensed kite pilot.
The pictures are some views from inside the Winter Palace portion of this..... The Hermitage.
Inconceivable. Unbelievable. Any and all words that convey that.
The oldest of these buildings is the
Adjoining the winter Palace is the building of the Small Hermitage, constructed between 1764 and 1767. It consists of a pavilion and two long well-lit galleries running from it on either side of the
Alongside the Small Hermitage stands a building which in reality consists of a whole complex of constructions added at different times. All of these buildings are connected by covered walk-ways so that to the visitor they seem part of one huge palace-museum.