St. PETERSBURG

RUSSIA

Day 1

We didn't take as many tours this time, or such lengthy ones. On day one we took an evening bus tour of the city and a river cruise.
I didn't include many pictures from the river cruise since I got so many from when we were here before. I also included
some of Jay's pictures which are brighter as he took a daytime tour.



   

The battle cruiser the 'Aurora', which fired the warning shot at the start of the Russian Revolution.

   

And this is the 'Flying Dutchman', as gift from, who else, the Netherlands.

 
 
After the boat tour and while we were waiting to get back on the bus, I decided to take some pictures of the surrounding views.
 The buildings here border the Moyka Canal.
   

The Marlinskiy Palace, named in honour of Maria, daughter of Nicholas I, now houses the St. Petersburg City Hall.

   

As an aside, a 'palace' in northern Europe is simply an opulent home, whereas a 'castle' is fortified, more like a fortress. That explains why almost every building in the old part of the city is called a 'palace'.
 

   

Dina, waiting for the bus.
   

Going home.
   

St. Isaac's Cathedral and the statue of Tsar Nicholas I.
   

The view from the bridge overlooking the Moyka Canal.


The building to the left is the back of the Winter Palace, now the mainstay of The Hermitage. The area to the right is the Palace Square, which is used on occasion for outdoor concerts, for example, Madonna in August 2009.


Another shot of The Hermitage.
   

The Church on Spilled Blood in the evening light.
If you're wondering about the unusual name, it's because it was built on the site of the assassination of  Tsar Alexander II.
   

Outside the church were a couple of riders taking a rest.

   

Another view of the church.

 

If you think the outside is 'opulent', have a look at the inside!



After the church, we went to the park on Vasilevskiy Island.
Previously, we only saw  the Rostral Columns from a distance. This time we were up close and personal.


Following a Roman custom, the columns are decorated with protruding ships' prows in celebration of naval victories. The monumental figures around the base represent four of Russia's rivers: the Neva, Volga, Dnieper and Volkhov.


The woman behind Neptune.



View of the SS. Peter and Paul Cathedral in the Fortress across the river. You'll notice the area to the right is roped off. That's reserved for Brides and Grooms, as it seems to be a popular area for wedding pictures.


A canal boat and joyrider.


The Naval Academy, overlooking the Strelka


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