Match day in MoscowOctober 10, 2019 in Russia ⋅ 🌧 8 °C
Match day and we go for a wander around Red Square. Seems to be a farmers festival on, many tractors as well as many food stalls and displays of various vegetables.
We took the high speed train to Moscow today. Took about 4 hours, rather than the usual eight hours. Very comfortable and fast.
Arrived in Moscow early evening, and took the metro to the hotel, an easy 20 minutes. Nice and central. First impressions are that they seem to have started celebrating Christmas very early, as many buildings are decorated with lights. Had a meal in an interesting restaurant, walls lined with all types of guns, bazookas and knives.Read more
We also go into the huge basement to see a collection of artifacts dug up in Siberia, that are perfectly preserved.
Among them is a fine detail carpet, the oldest one of its kind in the world, originally from Iran. Other items originate from India and further afield, showing these peoples traded and travelled a lot, over 2000 years ago.
There was also the mummy of a chief from those times.Read more
The Hermitage Museum is one of the largest and oldest museums in the world and an absolute must-see for any visitor to St. Petersburg. The museum was founded in 1764 by Catherine the Great, empress of Russia, and opened to the public in 1852. Not only does the Hermitage boast one of the world's greatest art collections, the museum is also worth a visit for its sumptuous interior.
The actual museum is made up of several buildings which were extended as Catherine the Great's art collection grew. The permanent collection at The Hermitage includes about three million works of art that span the centuries from paleolithic to contemporary. The museum is so large that it is impossible to visit all galleries in one visit but tickets for multiple days are available. We spend over three hours getting a very small glimpse of the collection.Read more
The star attraction of the square is the immense column that sits in its center. Known as the Alexander Column, it is a monument to Russia's victory over Napoleonic France. Designed, ironically, by the French-born architect Auguste de Montferrand and built between 1830 and 1834, the column stands at 47,4 meter or almost 156 feet (including the base) and is topped with an angel whose face is said to resemble that of Emperor Alexander I. The monument, considered a great feat of engineering, weighs six hundred tons. No cranes were used to place it in the square, and it has no attachment to the base other than gravity.Read more
Today I had a tour of the Hermitage Museum, formerly known as the Winter Palace. I met the tour guide and the three other people on the tour next to the Alexander Column in Palace Square.
Palace Square is a fantastic huge square that has some of St Petersburg's most magnificent buildings. Opposite the Winter Palace is the semi circular General Staff Building. Through it is a triumphal arch leading to Nevsky Prospect.
The square has a prominent place in the history of St. Petersburg. The massacre of 'Bloody Sunday' on January 22, 1905, when Tsarist troops fired on unarmed strikers sparked the revolution of 1905. It also played an important part in the 1917 revolution, when a group of Bolshevik militants stormed the Winter Palace following a shot fired from the Aurora cruiser.Read more