While inside The Hermitage, I’ve heard a woman commented, “if you’ve seen one museum, you’ve seen them all!” Everyone is entitled to their own opinion, yet I cannot agree with her comment. I’m only in Saint Petersburg for a two-day shore excursions.
This is my second museum visit, and I’m still recovering from the grandeur of the Catherine Palace‘s interiors that I saw the day before, where the exquisite Amber Room (a priceless replica of the one that the Nazis had looted in WWI) sits. So yes, I am also entitled to my own opinion, while I proceed to the third one called Saint Isaac’s Cathedral State Museum. I’ve just been inside The Rijksmuseum in Amsterdam last Spring. My visit to a lot more in Vienna, Rome, The Vatican, and Paris some years ago proved these museums do not look the same and if they have one in thing common the word I’ll use to describe them is “magnificence”. I invite you to peek inside The Hermitage through my simple Fujifilm X30 lens by allowing me to share with you the photos that I’ve taken.
Nymphs and classical sculptures, vases of different eras, frescoes, oil paintings, glass-encased porcelain and artifacts, antique furniture – the list goes on.
The Spectacular Interiors
Ornate windows and doors, alabaster and red-carpeted stairs, frescoed pillars, ceilings and walls, vintage oak parquet floors, gold-framed mirrors that reveal the monarch’s lifestyle in their time.
Tips for First-Timers
It is easy to get overwhelmed in the vastness and grandeur of The Hermitage interiors. Like me, you might find your eyes constantly glued on masterpieces created by the likes of Leonardo Da Vinci and Rembrandt Harmenszoon van Rijn. The works of other less famous artists are worth everyone’s admiration also. These few tips will help you get the most out of your museum visits.
- If you are new to the place, with a very limited time, joining a group excursion is a better option than going solo. Not only you’ll have a guide to explain what you need to know about the place and various art pieces, you’ll save time from aimlessly wandering about on your own. As in most tourists-crowded cities, pickpocket incidents are aplenty. Tour guides provide an added security to ensure you don’t get victimized or duped by strange people moving around with you, who are not part of your group.
- Be sensitive of other guests who want to savor their tour experience as well. They are there for the same reason as you.
- When it says “no camera”, respect it.
- Last but not least, don’t forget to “tip” your awesome guides.