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Sept. 6, 2017

We spent the whole morning of our third day in St. Petersburg at the Hermitage Museum. This is a huge museum, housed in what was originally the palace built by Peter the Great's daughter Elizabeth. It was later filled with the art collection of Catherine the Great. The Hermitage now has over 3 million works including some by the Old Masters such as Rembrandt, Matisse, and Leonardo di Vinci. It was all overwhelming and crowded but amazing to see.





After lunch we visited the Yusupov Palace. It was built in 1770 and is where Prince Felix conspired in 1916 to kill Rasputin. He was regarded as a threat to the future of the Russian empire because he had gained extraordinary control over the tsar's family through his alledged supernatural powers. The palace tour led us through the basement rooms containing life size portrayals of the mysterious legend.






We then stopped for a brief visit to the Jewish Synagogue. It was built in 1893 in the Moorish style and is the 2nd largest synagogue in Europe.


Our final stop was to a farmer's market with it's fresh produce and meat.

St. Petersburg is an amazing city. They have done an incredible job since the war restoring buildings to jaw-dropping opulence. We were very happy we had chosen to tour with TJ Travels and would highly recommend them to others visiting the city.


To view more photos from our third day in St. Petersburg, please go to St. Petersburg Photo Gallery III . To read about our next day on our cruise, go to Helsinki.

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