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Touring St Petersburg: The Hermitage
« Reply #30 on: July 10, 2012, 11:43:24 PM »
This is not a one day project so like our series on Moscow, we'll develop a feature on Saint Petersburg, step by step, one page at a time.


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Re: Touring St Petersburg: The Hermitage
« Reply #31 on: July 10, 2012, 11:46:12 PM »


Quick! What is the Russian word for cat?

кот (koht), or the more affectionate term of кошка (kosh-ka).

Now, how do you spell mousetrap in just three letters? C-A-T!

What do you use to comb a cat? A catacomb.

Okay, enough cat jokes. Let's get serious for a moment because if you're a cat lover then you know how easily one of these furry friends can in no time have you wrapped around their paws.

Cats are generally loved and adored in Russia. In fact, the breed called Russian Blue is thought  to have originated in the Russian port city of Arkhangelsk. A Russian Blue is a beautiful cat with a silver-blue coat. These cats are regarded as highly intelligent and playful yet timid around strangers. Many Russians claim to seek them out because of their intelligence and willingness to share affection with their owners.

Catherine the great loved cats too. She loved them so much that she had carriages loaded with cats brought from the far reaches of Russia to Saint Petersburg. Her thinking was that if the Cossacks were good enough to guard the palaces, then Russia's finest cats could be trusted to keep mice and rats on the run, too.

Today, a special group of cats guard the famous Hermitage complex in Saint Petersburg and these cats are treated like royalty.

Just watch:

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Today is a significant milestone and cause for celebrations across Piter.

Just two months after the Soviet Union was attacked by Germany, Nazi troops were on Leningrad's doorstep. The Germans had successfully outflanked the Red Army and the clock started on what would become the longest siege of the war. From 8 September 1941 to 27 January 1944, the siege of Leningrad lasted 900 days.

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To full understand the siege I recommend the movie Attack on Leningrad, the story of Kate Davies, a foreign journalist who was presumed dead and left behind. The story of how she survived without a ration card and the death all around her, is one which will shape your perception of that event forever.

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It can be viewed with English subtitles on YouTube for $1.99. Best two-dollar movie you could view in a lifetime.






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Today is a significant milestone and cause for celebrations across Piter.

Just two months after the Soviet Union was attacked by Germany, Nazi troops were on Leningrad's doorstep. The Germans had successfully outflanked the Red Army and the clock started on what would become the longest siege of the war. From 8 September 1941 to 27 January 1944, the siege of Leningrad lasted 900 days.

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To full understand the siege I recommend the movie Attack on Leningrad, the story of Kate Davies, a foreign journalist who was presumed dead and left behind. The story of how she survived without a ration card and the death all around her, is one which will shape your perception of that event forever.

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It can be viewed with English subtitles on YouTube for $1.99. Best two-dollar movie you could view in a lifetime.

I watched the film on Netflix a few weeks ago.  A great flick.
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Nice little article about Peter.

Winter in Saint Petersburg: 'Like Stepping Into a Russian Novel

http://russia-insider.com/en/culture/winter-saint-petersburg-stepping-russian-novel/ri12066
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Six facts about St. Petersburg's least-known cathedral

January 21, 2017 ANNA POPOVA, SPECIAL TO RBTHThe restoration of one of St. Petersburg’s largest but least-known houses of worship, the Trinity Cathedral, started 21 years ago and is finally completed. We look at six of the most important facts from the cathedral’s history

http://rbth.com/arts/2017/01/21/six-facts-about-st-petersburgs-least-known-cathedral_685501
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Everything you need to know about St. Petersburg's 5 main cathedrals

http://rbth.com/travel/destinations/petersburg/2017/04/12/everything-you-need-to-know-about-st-petersburgs-5-main-cathedrals_739987

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"Forming a majestic semicircle around the Kazan Cathedral, the colonnade resembles that of St. Peter's Cathedral in the Vatican, but its true purpose is to mask the fact that the real facade is turned away from Nevsky Prospect, the city's main avenue. According to the church’s architectural canons, the altar must face the East.

Presently, the colonnade is closed to visitors, but the cathedral itself opens every day in the morning, and admission is free because it is an active church with services held daily."

Just my luck, i visited it as a teen in late 80ies, while it wasn't active, but a museum... It was impressive back then too, you'd get earphones and something like "walkman" (if i remember correctly, anyway, some audio device ), you could choose the language and then you'd walk from one marked point to another and listen to the story... I feel sorry i didn't have the time to visit it again, when i went back to St. Petersburg, i do believe nowadays it's an all another/ mind blowing experience.
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