St. Petersburg day tour

04/01/2007 - 07/01/2007

Three days in St Petersburg are really not enough to appreciate the city and to visit the countless museums, so I have to limit my itinerary only to the Arctic and Antarctic museum, the Hermitage, the Church of Our Savior and the Krassin icebreaker, the ship that has saved the members of Umberto Nobile's expeditions to the North Pole.

The tour of this beautiful city starts from the B&B where I'm staying, walking to the Arctic and Antarctic museum.

 

Walking in St. Petersburg. This city has also a very efficient metro subway system, with beautiful stations. However, in order to enjoy the city more, I prefer to walk all the way.


 

Church in St. Petersburg
A church and a Christmas tree.

 

museum of Arctic and Antarctic, St. Petersburg
The museum of Arctic and Antarctic. This hall is dedicated to the arctic and there is also a northen light simulator (impossible to represent on a picture!)

 

A reconstruction of the Krassin icebreaker saving the members of Umberto Nobile's expedition to the North Pole.

 

Polar museum, St. Petersburg
This hall is dedicated to Antarctica. There are samples of suites used during the expeditions, information on wildlife and scientific bases.


 

Nevsky prospektive, St. Petersburg
St. Petersburg, frozen channels
Photos of St. Petersburg. From the Arctic and Antarctic museum, I walk along the Nevsky prospektive, up to Hermitage square.

 

Hermitage square, St. Petersburg
Hermitage square, St. Petersburg
The huge Hermitage square.

 

The Hermitage palace has over 1000 rooms and to visit all of the them, a full week may be required. I thence limit the visit to really few rooms, illustrated here and below.

 

The Hermitage, San Petersburg
Photos of Hermitage in St. Petersburg.

 

 

The Hermitage, San Petersburg

 

The Hermitage, San Petersburg
The Hermitage, San Petersburg

 

The Hermitage, San Petersburg

 

Krassin icebraker, St. Petersburg Krassin icebraker, St. Petersburg
The tour of St. Petersburg continues with a vist to the Krassin icebreaker, now docked in the Neva river and converted to a museum. This ship had great importance during the exploration of the artic regions the past century.

 

Krassin icebraker, St. Petersburg
Thanks to the hull's shape, kept together by over 4 millions of rivets, the Krassin was able to break ice up to 2.5 meters of thickness, a real record for an icebreaker more than 90 years old.

 

Umberto Nobile expedition to the North Pole
This hall is dedicated to the rescue of Umberto Nobile's expedition team to the North Pole, after the wrek of Italia airship.

 

The dinning room. The picture over the left wall represents the Krassin how it was, when built over 90 years ago. From then, it was refurbished many times and was converted from coal to diesel.

 

Krassin icebraker, St. Petersburg
The bridge and various instruments.

 

Krassin icebraker, St. Petersburg

 

Neva river, St. Petersburg
I then continue my visit to St. Petersburg, walking along Neva river, with views over Hermitage.



 

 

St. Nicholas, Christ our Savior church St. Nicholas, Christ our Savior church
The St. Nicholas, Christ our Savior church, seen at night.

 

St. Nicholas, Christ our Savior church

 

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