St. Petersburg's most famous building, the Winter Palace, was from 1732 to 1917 the official residence of the Russian monarchs. Situated between the Palace Embankment and the Palace Square.
The Winter Palace was built and altered almost continuously between the late 1730s and 1837, when it was severely damaged by fire and immediately rebuilt.
The palace was constructed on a monumental scale that was intended to reflect the might and power of Imperial Russia.
The Winter Palace has been calculated to contain 1,786 doors, 1,945 windows, 1,500 rooms and 117 staircases. The richly decorated facades feature two levels of richly decorated ionic columns, and the parapets of the building are decorated with statues and vases. (The original stone decorations were replaced with lighter metal substitutes 1892-1902.)
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npecanhuk (73530) 2013-03-16 9:37
Sharpness, exposure, colors, horizontal format, chosen pov and composition really pleased me!
TFS - congrats,
Enjoy your week-end,
leo61 (0) 2013-03-16 9:38
This good shot brings back good memories to me.
Perfect sharpness overall,good colors,light and contrast and a fine composition with the public ferry in the foreground.
cargus (10053) 2013-03-16 10:23
Votre image est une réalisation intéressante, très belles couleurs, avec un bon contraste et light.!
siudzi (34141) 2013-03-16 11:26
I have never been in this amazing city and now it is a true pleasure for me to follow by your posts. This famous building looks extremely eye-catching with its unique design and fantastic decorations. Your POV is superb and gave a wonderful effect. Like it!
Thanks for sharing.
Miguel82 (27281) 2013-03-16 12:34
Beautiful architecture Estelle,
Nice blue colors there, I like the tourist river boat
Good sharpness, light and pov
photoray (13725) 2013-03-16 15:02
A fine historic panoramic vision of imperial Russia before the Revolution, with the arched windows dominating, and offset with dramatic roof top statues, then the tour boat in the foreground, all nicely combined.
batalay (37861) 2013-03-16 19:48
In July 2010, just a year after you, I was in one of those canal boats enjoying the vistas of St. Petersburg. Alas the wind and inclement weather did not permit such a lovely shot of the Hermitage. But earlier in the day we had a tour of the museum before it was opened for the public. But a "tour" is a misnomer. The collection is so large, that seeing 1% in one day is probably more realistic. Superb shot, with the colors, composition and resolution all collaborating.
s_lush (16134) 2013-03-17 2:30
It is nice to see such a famous piece of architecture of my favorite city, where I have not been for ages. You have found a very good point of view to show the Winter Palace in all its beauty. Great composition, favorable light, beautiful colors and very high quality of the image!
Noel_Byrne (29259) 2013-03-17 3:30
One of those places I have always wanted to see, even the name, the winter palace, sounds grand and majestic, like something from a fairy tale. The building is incredible, it's colours so suiting and unusual and the gilt adds the opulence. Thanks for a great note too, I do not envy the window cleaners here:)
All the best
danos (94346) 2013-03-20 8:24
nice the view as the presentation of the Winter palace to dominating the frame with the moored boat to cover the waterfront.I like the clarity as the sharpness of the image,with the brilliant light of the day to brings out the details of the Palace.
eldancer1 (35551) 2013-03-22 12:57
Indeed! The facade is so ornate and beautiful! Love the colors of the building. Great pov and dof with nice details. Very well done, tfs.
Kamilutka (8105) 2013-03-30 9:49
pretty photo and very nicely captured combination of white and blue tones of this scene. The boat seems to correspond with the background. Nice light and sharpness. St.Petersburg indeed has stunning architecture - shame I did not have a camera when I was visiting this place.
Thanks for sharing
fds (9322) 2013-04-01 15:28
great composition with the boat in the foreground and the very beautiful green building in tha background
very fantastic and very interested document from san pietroburgo
i licke very much this
good night dear friend
fotka (4221) 2013-04-02 6:37
Your photo brought my memories back from my trip to this beautiful city.
I like your shot taken from the water toward Winter Palace with the boat in the foreground. Photo has good quality with nice colors, light and sharpness.