Did you know that less than a century before being admitted to the USA as the 49th State Alaska was part of Russia and it was called Russian America? Alaska was actually discovered by Russia and it was part of the Russian empire until the emperor Alexander II sold 586,412 square miles (1,518,800 km2) of land to the United States on March 30, 1867 for $7.2 million.
Pictured above is Pygmalion's point of view when admiring his beloved statue/wife in the interpretation of Italian sculptor Pietro Ceccardo Staggi (1754-1814) in his Pygmalion and Galatea (1790-1792). The attribution of the statue to Staggi comes directly from the Hermitage museum, where it is on permanent display in the European Fine Art Collection, alongside statues of Antonio Canova.
The Coronation Egg at the Fabergé Museum in Saint Petersburg, Russia. This, perhaps Faberge’s most iconic egg, was presented by Emperor Nicholas II (the last Emperor of Russia) to his wife, Empress Alexandra Feodorovna, as a memento of her entry into Moscow on May 26th, day of their Coronation in the Uspensky Cathedral.
One of the most interesting (non)tourist attractions in Saint Petersburg, especially for all people coming from warmer climates, is the "beach" surrounding The Peter and Paul Fortress' external walls, on the Neva river. As a photographer, I thing this is such a great spot to try and capture "the essence of Saint Petersburg".
If you walk toward Palace Square in Saint Petersburg, before passing under the late 18th century arc by George von Velten and the monument to the 1812-1814 Russian victories over Napoleon, you might encounter a diminishing representation of Peter the Great, the likes of which would have probably pleased Lenin himself! This is actually a prank by... Continue Reading →
Trains are oh so important in the Russian culture and history. It is almost impossible to think about Russia without dreaming of a trip on the famous Transiberian railway, which in just over a week connects Moscow and Vladivostock (or Moscow and Beijing, passing through ruggedly beautiful Mongolia). The Russian word for railways is железные... Continue Reading →
I usually advocate the merits of avoiding tourist-traps, exploring and travelling off the beaten track. I must admit, though, that there are must-see places that you really must see when you travel to a new city. Saint Petersburg offers a number of those and the one you see in today's picture is the interior of... Continue Reading →
I love how even the most touristic cities have amazing places that actually very few people know about! Take for example the Russian State Scientific Center for Robotics and Technical Cybernetics in Saint Petersburg with its outstanding architecture. Located right next to the city largest park (Sosnovka) in the vicinity of the Polytechnic University, it... Continue Reading →
If you descend to a depth of 65 meters under the city of Saint Petersburg (hint: there are comfortable escalators to do so) there is a lot of gold to be found! The glittering Mezhdunarodnaya station opened at the end of 2012, as the new southeastern terminus of Saint Petersburg metro line number 5. Mezhdunarodnaya is... Continue Reading →