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Moscow, Moskva, Russia
August 31, 2010
From journal One of the most amazing cities
May 17, 2009
From journal Cruise to the Baltic States and St. Petersburg
April 6, 2008
London, United Kingdom
August 6, 2007
From journal St. Petersburg in all its Faded Glory
Airdrie, United Kingdom
August 17, 2006
The rooms themselves are amazing pieces of art. Each room is decorated differently and has amazing frescoes on walls and ceilings. The entrance hall to the Hermitage takes your breath away when you enter it. There are golden chandeliers everywhere, and the walls are covered in golden decorations. There are red rooms, blue rooms, green rooms, and every other colour. The beautiful paintings on the walls and ceilings could hold your attention for hours on end.
Then comes the art. There are apparently enough pieces on art in Hermitage that it would take you years to look at them all. Well, I definitely experienced that. I spent the whole morning there and looked around almost one floor. There are paintings, sculptures, jewellery, etc., from all different periods of history all over this museum. There are maps available for anyone who needs to find their way around, and I strongly recommend using these if there are pieces of art you really want to see.
If like me you just want to have a look at lots of different types of art, then just having a wander around is a very nice way to spend some time, and occasionally you can listen in to guides giving other people a tour around the art.
From journal Weekend Trip to St Petersburg
heber ctity, Utah
July 7, 2006
From journal Three Days in St. Petersburg
by Christine Noel
July 27, 2004
It's still worth going for the architecture and the Imperial Rooms. I literally would recommend skipping the canvases (unless there's something there you know you want to see) in order to focus more time on the Imperial Rooms and their furnishings.
If you're on a tight budget, don't eat at the Hermitage. It's expensive, and, honestly, not that great.
If you're headache prone, take an aspirin before you go. The marble floors and walls make it a noisy, echo-filled place. Take a sweaterm; it's usually cold.
Everyone complains that the Hermitage charges non-Russian visitors grossly more than Russian visitors. Just suck it up. It's still not expensive by Western standards.
From journal A Week In Saint Petersburg
July 13, 2003
From journal 52 Fontanka
Glasgow, United Kingdom
June 10, 2003
A note: if you're into the Old Masters, the Hermitage is the place for you, go round, look at the incredible pictures and laugh at the labels which tell you the painting is of the Holly Family -- English can be a bit dodgy sometimes. If you're into imperssionists, although The Hermitage is wonderful and you get so much closer to the paintings than other galleries -- the Pushkin Museum of Fine Art in Moscow will blow your mind. Worth seeing also is Rembrandt's Danae, which was put back on show in 1998 after being vandalised and restored, along with a big display about how the restoration was done -- very good translation there. The guard sitting in front of the painting with a semi-automatic is a little bit distracting though!
From journal The city built on bones