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Photo of the Day – Blinded by the Light – Hermitage Museum – St. Petersburg, RussiaI’m not a big museum guy. There, I said it. The majority of the museums I have visited around the world have failed to really excite me. Too often museums are all about finding a few very famous pieces, that frankly if the museum brochure didn’t highlight the fact that the pieces were famous, you would find nothing extraordinary about them vs. the twenty other beautiful paintings in the room. I know this all sounds very unsophisticated, but I bet this is how nine out of ten people actually feel.
The Hermitage is different. It is more of a palace than an actual museum – although that comment is really unfair because it contains a great deal of absolutely stunning artwork. A visit to the Hermitage consists of walking around a massive palace for hours making your way from room to room in total amazement of what surrounds you. This photo is an example of one of the very “normal” rooms that we walked through on our visit earlier this year.
Photo of the Day – Domed Ceiling of The Hermitage Museum – Saint Petersburg, RussiaWhere do I begin?
First of all, realize this is a ceiling.
Secondly, understand that the ceiling was designed and painted in the 18th Century.
Lastly, this ceiling is located in The Hermitage Museum which was the Summer Palace for Russia’s Royalty.
I am not sure if that is helping to give you a better understanding of this photo, but just look at it, enjoy it, and get lost in it!
Photo of the Day – Hermitage Profile over the Bolshaya Neva – St. Petersburg, RussiaToday marked our second day in St. Petersburg and it was time to conquer The Hermitage Museum. The Hermitage Museum is ranked #77 on our list of the Top 100 Places in the World and is often regarded as the second best museum in the world only to The Louvre.
We ventured off to The Hermitage and got to the ticket line 20 minutes early. After a few minor hurdles, gearing up, and checking our bags, we were off to our 3rd AbsoluteVisit in Russia! Our expectations for the museum were moderate. We knew this would be a special museum – it is an AbsoluteVisit after-all But, we didn’t have the highest expectations.
From the very first incredible, large and stately entrance staircase to the final Egyptian Sarcophagus we were absolutely (pun intended) in shock! The Hermitage Museum left us in a daze due to its overwhelming number of palace state rooms each holding art, furniture, and relics from around the world. What makes The Hermitage special is its combination of maintaining its palace state rooms with its fine arts collection. Also, the outside is class elegance in nature and certainly stands out among the best museums in the world. Today’s photo shows you the outside beauty of The Hermitage which stretched from the far-right of the photo to the second green building from the right!
Back to the interior, Brad and I were literally scratching our heads at the number, size, and elegance of the dozens of state rooms through The Hermitage. It is rare that I am overwhelmed due to a site’s quantity of awesome-ness, but the Hermitage achieved this easily.
Does anyone else see The Hermitage moving up the list … ? (hint hint) Also, we will be putting together some of our favorite photos within The Hermitage soon so stay tuned!