link Hermitage Museum

You can’t go to St Petersburg and not visit the Hermitage Museum. They say one day isn’t really enough to do justice to visiting the Hermitage Museum with it’s vast collection of art, including masterpieces by Leonardo da Vinci, Picasso and Rembrandt.  Indeed, officials say – to examine every single exhibit could take up to 11 years!

Well …we certainly didn’t have that sort of time – in fact time was very limited for this grand excursion. We managed to squeeze in a visit on our last day in St Petersburg just on the way to the airport … if you don’t mind (an oversight by the tour organizers, I daresay).

Anyway I would strongly recommend that you do not do this … allow yourself at least a whole day to wander around taking in the glittering, gilded grandeur of this great winter palace.

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There are nearly 400 rooms spread out over three floors of five interlinked buildings and literally kilometers of corridors. Within these extravagant rooms is one of the world’s greatest art collections including more than three million works of art and artefacts of world culture. Works range from little-known masterpieces from the 7th century BC, to some of the most famous modern art, including pieces by Picasso, Renoir, Monet and Van Gogh to name a few.

It is so massive, they say that whatever approach you take, you are bound to get lost at some point. So I stuck close to my friends so that if one of us got lost we all got lost together. I had already been told off and berated for being late to the bus and I couldn’t afford to be late today – since, after all, we were on the way to the airport!
As you go through the museum, you get an insight into the extraordinary wealth and extravagance of the Romanovs in the 1700s with walls covered in gold leaf, exotic marble floors, corniced ceilings dripping in chandeliers. As in Paris, it’s understandable why war torn peasants and workers turned on their rulers in revolution.

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There are nearly 400 rooms spread out over three floors of five interlinked buildings and literally kilometers of corridors. Within these extravagant rooms is one of the world’s greatest art collections including more than three million works of art and artefacts of world culture. Works range from little-known masterpieces from the 7th century BC, to some of the most famous modern art, including pieces by Picasso, Renoir, Monet and Van Gogh to name a few.

 

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So when planning a trip to St Petersburg, do make sure that you allow plenty of time to make the most of this spectacular experience.

 

Tips for visiting the Hermitage Museum:

  •  Get there early to avoid long queues – around 9.30 (an hour before opening) or wait until lunch time by which time the queues have all but disappeared.
  •  At the entrance make sure you are in the right queue – normally groups line up on the left of the main door and individuals on the right, but it may not always be clear which queue is which. So by making sure you will avoid having to start all over again.
  •  It is recommended that you make two or three shorter trips rather than trying to see everything in one hit.
  •  Late spring and summer (May, June, July) is peak time and so visitor numbers are huge from cruises and other tour groups. So autumn (Sept / Oct) is a really good time to visit.
  •  It is suggested that the easiest way to go through the Hermitage is to visit floor by floor – ideally on three different days.

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Photographs by Miranda

 

For more posts about my pilgrimage to the Baltic Coast please visit, my  Pilgrimage Patter blog at : www.pilgrimagepatter.wordpress.com

 

 

 

 

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2 comments

  1. This sounds a bit like what it is like when you visit the Louvre – too much to see in one day. Amazing to see some of the magnificent paintings by the masters. And yes the opulence and decoration of the rooms themselves is overwhelming.

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