This is Alex and today I’m going to tell you about my recent trip to Saint-Petersburg I made in January 2021. As some of you may know that I’m a professional musician, and therefore the goal of my trip to this city was the organ recital at St. Peter and Paul Church.
I have spent 4 days in St.Petersburg and managed to visit several great museums including the Russian Museum, the Faberge Museum, the Museum of Illusions, and the Wax Fugures Museum. In fact, St.Petersburg is extremely cultural city, and there is so much to see here.
I love St.Petersburg at any time of the year, but of course most of all in summer, in the time of white nights! Winter may seem cold for some people, although there is almost no snow here, but often a cold strong wind happens. If you come for a visit here, I recommend staying in the city center, somewhere closer to Nevsky Prospect, in order to be within walking distance to many attractions.
The Russian Museum
The Russian Museum is one of the most famous and frequently visited museums in the city, as well as the largest collection of Russian art in the world. It consists of 5 buildings – the Mikhailovsky Palace with the Benois exhibition complex, the Mikhailovsky Castle, the Marble Palace, the Stroganov Palace, and the Summer palace of Peter the Great.
During this trip to St. Petersburg I have visited the Mikhailovsky Palace – an architectural monument of late classicism built in 1819-1825 by the architect Karl Rossi. The Palace is huge and you can spend a whole day there, but unfortunately I didn’t have that much time and spent only 3 hours.
You can get to the Museum through the main entrance, which faces the Arts Square. The nearest metro Station is Gostiny Dvor. The tour of the Mikhailovsky Palace begins from the front lobby, where the original molding from the 19th century has been preserved.
A wide front staircase leads to the gallery, where the route through the museum begins. There are I guess 17 halls with masterpieces of the Russian art from ancient icons the modern paintings. My favorite collection is the old Russian icons, and you can find there the most ancient one – the Archangel Gabriel from the 12th century.
There is another famous masterpiece – the painting “The last day of Pompeii” by Karl Brullov, painted in 1833. He conceived the painting based on a real event and went to the ruins of the cities Pompeii and Herculaneum. The Brullov’s Painting is striking with its size and colors.
The Faberge Museum
This Museum is a privately owned which was established in 2013 and located in the Shuvalov – Naryshkin Palace near Nevsky Prospect in the city center. The museum has a magnificent collection of Russian jewelry and decorative applied and fine arts of the 19th and 20th centuries.
The Faberge Museum was established by Victor Vekselberg in order to repatriate lost cultural valuables to Russia. A highlight of the museum’s collection is the group of 9 Imperial Easter eggs created by Carl Faberge for the last two Russian Tsars.
The price Victor Vekselberg payed for the entire Faberge collection was about $100 million. He purchased them in 2004 from the family of the American newspaper magnate Malcolm Forbes just before the eggs came up for auction. Besides the eggs museum collections contains more than 400 works including gold and silver items, porcelain, bronze and paintings.
The Lutheran Cathedral of Saint Peter and Saint Paul is an active Lutheran Church in the heart of St.-Petersburg and excellent place for organ concerts, because there are always a lot of people walking along Nevsky Prospect. It was built by Alexander Brullov during 1833-1838.
The interior of the church was substantially rebuilt after 1938, when it was used as a warehouse and as a swimming pool during the Soviet time, but its appearance has remained unchanged. In the 1990s the church was returned to the believers.
Today at St. Peter and Paul Cathedral organ concerts are held weekly on Tuesdays and Saturdays on the wonderful organ of Willy Peter. In addition to the organ concerts there are chamber music concerts and orchestra concerts at the church.
Giant’s House and Museum of Illusions
If you think that going to museums is boring, I highly recommend visiting Bolshaya Morskaya, 5. What is it? -This is a unique complex of five museums, which was established in 2014 and includes the Museum of Illusions, Giant’s House, Contact Zoo, the Glass Labyrinth and Butterfly Museum.
The location is very convenient -not far from the Admiralteyskaya metro station and just nearby the Palace Square, where the Winter Palace. In the Museum of Illusions you can find yourself in a prison cell and escape from there, get out of a nesting doll, stand on a drawbridge, escape from a crocodile and so on. Such a nice place to take photos.
Another fun place is the Giant’s House. All his household items are huge, ranging from a spoon to sofa, and you can feel like a midget in the kingdom of Gulliver. Fortunately, the host is missing:) Adults and children love to climb onto a sofa of impressive size and jump on it. For lovers of funny pics -thant’s it!
The Wax Museum
The Museum of Wax Figures in St.Petersburg was established only at the end of the 20th century, and today it has one of the richest collection of exhibits in Europe and has more than 1000 items. There are several rooms in the museum, and the themes of the exhibitions change frequently.
For me the atmosphere of this museum was a bit spooky The exhibits cover history, art, religion, fantasy, cartoon and erotica. The first hall represents historical figures from the ancient rulers to the figures of modern politicians. There is a hall with the figures of pop stars, mythical and fairy-tale characters.
Another room is dedicated to the history of torture and executions, but I don’t recommend it for everyone as well as the room with the figures of people with different physical anomalies. The last rooms have an erotic exposition.
Guys, if you would like to share your experience traveling to St.Petersburg, I would be more than happy to read about it in the comment section below!!!