Today, we visited the Hermitage Museum. Located inside 5 buildings, including the Winter Palace, Catherine the Great commissioned them to house some of the world’s finest art. In fact, this museum holds the largest collection of art in the world. It was overwhelming to say the least. While the amount of people was overwhelming, it was all the information that the tour guide threw at us that did me in. Before this tour, I thought that I was well versed enough in Russian history to get me by, but I was way off. Everything in the museum was spectacular. Yes, the artwork that Catherine purchased was absolutely stunning, but so were the rooms and ceilings and floors and doors and windows and light fixtures.
We grabbed a quick lunch around the corner. Then, we stopped at Yeliseevsky, the finest food store in St. Petersburg. Yum…
Next, we went to the Yusupov Palace. This family was actually wealthier than the Romonifs (the Royal Family) so you can imagine what they palace looked like. It had its own theater that could seat over 200 people. This was also the location of Rasputin’s “murder”. We toured the basement where the event actually occurred. It was surreal because I can still remember the store Sethre told us so vividly back in high school.