Photo Essay: The Hermitage

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Located in Saint Petersburg, Russia, the State Hermitage is a museum with a vast collection of art and culture. It is one of the largest and oldest museums in the world, being founded in 1764 by Catherine the Great, and has been open to the public since 1852. Parts of the museum are housed in the former Winter Palace, a former residence of Imperial Russia. In total the museum occupies a large complex of six historic buildings along the Palace Embankment. Its collections, of which only a small part are on permanent display, comprise nearly 3 million items; including the largest collection of paintings in the world.

During my 2009 visit to the Hermitage, I managed to wander around for almost 5 hours and still did not get to visit everything. My most memorable portions were the Treasury & Diamond rooms; where, photography is forbidden.... but, the experience was amazing. To see the decadence and lavish lifestyle of the Imperial Tsars.

A few photos from my experience at the Hermitage.

The Hermitage Museum - Housed in the former Winter Palace of Catherine the Great.

The Hermitage Museum

The Hermitage Museum

Russian Flag Flies Proudly Over the Hermitage

Russian Flag Flies Proudly Over the Hermitage

Detail outside the Hermitage

The Jordan Staircase


Seated Cupid. by Étienne-Maurice Falconet, 1757

Already in the 18th century this famous sculpture was known by various nicknames, the best known of which was l'amour menaçant, 'menacing love'. The threat is most evident in the Cupid's knowing gaze, whicle the gesture he makes invokes us to secrecy. The statue was made for Madame de Pompadour, King Louis XV's art-loving mistress.

"An examination"

Detail of a sculpture

Painting inside in the Hermitage

Imperial Throne inside the Great Hall

The Imperial Throne

Sculpture inside the Hermitage


I am very passionate about traveling. My goal is to visit as many places and experience as many things as I can during my short journey on this earth.