I haven’t abandoned this blog but I need to post more frequently!
Talking about Saint Petersburg, the most well known building in Piter is without doubt the Winter Palace. This was the official residence of Russian Tsars from 1732 until the last of them, Nicholas II, abdicated in 1917. The majestic palace we today view from the Palace square is the fourth Winter Palace built. The first Winter Palace was, unlike the present version, a modest building of two main floors under a slate roof. As Piter grew the Winter Palace was replaced by bigger and more splendid versions. The present version, built in Elizabethan Baroque style, is designed by Bartolomeo Rastrelli and was originally commissioned by Tsaritsa Anna. But during the reign of Tsaritsa Elizabeth the original plan was changed and a new scheme to build a colossal Winter Palace was adopted. However, Rastrelli did not complete the Place before Elizabeth’s death. So it was only Tsaritsa Catherine the Great and her successors who could enjoy the magnificent Palace as their residence. Today the Winter Palace houses the Hermitage Museum, one of the largest and most respected art museums in the world.
This HDR-picture of the Winter Palace towards Dvortsovaya Naberezhnaya is captured just before sunset. Beautiful colours aren’t they?
And a view from the Palace square.