I thought I should write a short resume from a trip a I made to Russia last summer. I also want to show you some of my favorite pictures from this trip!
Where is the best place to start this trip? The answer to this question is Saint Petersburg. If you only can visit one place in Russia, then you should go to the “Venice of the North” or “Peter” as Russians call their beautiful city. “Peter” leaves a rather European than Russian impression. It’s also much younger than most other major Russian cities, founded in 1703 by Peter the Great as the new capital of his Russian Empire. Here are the churches and palaces mainly built in baroque style rather than traditional russian architectural style.
The Italian born architect Francesco Bartolomeo Rastrelli has left many impressive architectural landmarks in “Peter”. He was appointed as the senior court architect in 1730 and his works found favour with the regents of this time, the Empresses Anna Ivanovna and Elizaveta Petrovna. He combined the latest Italian architectural fashion with traditions of the Muscovite baroque style and developed an easily recognizable style of Late Baroque.
Francesco Bartolomeo has got a square named after him in Saint Petersburg, Ploschad Rastrelli (Rastrelli Square). Here you can enjoy a wonderful view of one of his architectural masterpieces, The Smolny Convet.
More about this building in my next post.
This 180 degree panorama is made out of 4 HDR-pictures, in total 12 exposures (4×3).
(Later I will publish a tutorial about how I make my HDR)