Photographer's Note

I happened to find myself in Saint-Petersburg for a week. Snowy, white and cold. I didn't mean to - I'm more of a sun person - but I sort of fell in love with the city. Oops!

Saint-Petersburg on the Neva River is Russia's most European city. Northern, arty and vibrant.

The State Hermitage is a museum of art and culture in Saint Petersburg, Russia. As one of the largest and oldest museums in the world, it was founded in 1764 by Catherine the Great and has been open to the public since 1852.

Its collections, of which only a small part is on permanent display, comprise over three million items, including the largest collection of paintings in the world.

The collections occupy a large complex of six historic buildings along Palace Embankment, including the Winter Palace, a former residence of Russian emperors.

This picture shows the Winter Palace on the banks of the frozen Neva River. It was taken from Vasilevski Island. Next up, I'll take you inside for pictures at the exhibition.


white square for Malevich



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