|Egyptian Sphinx on River Neva|
|Church of the Spilt Blood|
The church is built on the site of where Tsar Alexander II was hit by grenades, which mortally wounded him.
|Bronze Horseman, Peter the Great|
|Throne Room in Hermitage Museum|
|Mosaic Floor at Hermitage Museum|
|Intricate Door in Hermitage Museum|
For our family, the Hermitage was not the highlight of our tour in St. Petersburg (too many violations of the 2nd Commandment and too much nudity), not to mention just too much materialism. We wish we had asked to tour the Military Historical Museum of Artillery, Engineering and Communications Troops, which is a "must see" for military history buffs (I think there a few in our family!) But we went to the Siege Museum instead, which was very interesting. It is to remember the 900-day siege by the Nazis during World War II. We had a guided tour by a woman who was very enthusiastic about the exhibits, but our English speaking guide was not quite as enthusiastic, although she appreciated that the museum depicted how bad it really was.
|Diary of a young girl during the siege of Leningrad|
|Doorway to altar in Peter and Paul Cathedral|
We were probably must struck by the opulence in St. Petersburg, which is evident in this tiny portion of the altar in this cathedral, which is the burying place of all Russian Emperors and Empreses from Peter the Great to Alexander III. It is situated in the middle of the Peter and Paul Fortress, which is a city within a city on a small island the Nev River to protect from a possible attach by the Swedish army and navy.
|One of the many bridges|
|Palace Facades on Water|