The Awesome Ceilings of The Hermitage in St. Petersburg, Russia

Ceilings of The Hermitage in St. Petersburg, Russia

The Hermitage in St. Petersburg, Russia is a fabulous building (actually a series of connected buildings, one of which is the “real” Hermitage).  The museum contains, of course, great pieces of art.  It is also a historical site having being built in 1764 by Catherine the Great as the Winter Palace (more about the Winter Palace:  http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hermitage_Museum).  But it is definitely an architectural jewel.

In another post I shared pictures of the spectacular chandeliers.  Here I would like to focus on theceilings.  I do not think I have seen ceilings like these in other European palaces, though perhaps it is more that the style of these ceilings is more to my taste not because other palaces’ ceilings are not spectacular in their own right.

Ceilings of The Hermitage in St. Petersburg, Russia

Ceilings of The Hermitage in St. Petersburg, Russia

Ceilings of The Hermitage in St. Petersburg, Russia

Ceilings of The Hermitage in St. Petersburg, Russia

Ceilings of The Hermitage in St. Petersburg, Russia

Ceilings of The Hermitage in St. Petersburg, Russia

Ceilings of The Hermitage in St. Petersburg, Russia

Chandeliers of The Hermitage

Chandelier in The Hermitage in St. Petersburg, Russia

While I am not obsessed with chandeliers and the like, I noticed after getting home from visiting St. Pete (as I call it), how many pictures of chandeliers I took at The Hermitage (and of the ceilings).  They are definitely elegant but their designs were not too stuffy.  Not being a connoisseur, but still having opinions, I would say they were made to be interesting not over-bearing.  (Click on the picture to see a larger version.)

Any experts out there who can enrich the readers??

 

 

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