Because the city is so far north, St. Petersburg has a unique characteristic which it shares with other northern cities such as Stockholm, Helsinki, Oslo... making it not so unique after all. But Petersburgians like to claim the "White Nights" or Belii Nochi of early summer for their city. It is wonderful to walk around in the late evening, around 10-11 PM or even later on the longest days, because the sunset lasts for hours and it is really beautiful. Just remember to get some sleep!
L'énigme de la chambre d'ambre
Pendant la Seconde Guerre mondiale, les nazis pillent le Palais de Catherine la Grande - la résidence Impériale de Tsarskoïe Selo située à 30 km de Saint-Pétersbourg.
La fierté du Palais - une salle entièrement décorée en ambre de baltique - a disparu! Sans laisser ni traces, ni pistes.
Pendant plusieurs décennies les recherches se poursuivent: sans résultat! Il faut préciser que la Fameuse chambre d'ambre était unique et splendide comme le témoignent de rares photos prises avant la Guerre!
Et pourtant en 2004 le Ministre de la culture d'Allemagne, M. Michael Naumann a rencontré le Président Vladimir Poutine pour lui remettre... une mosaïque en marbre qui faisait partie du décor de la Chambre d'ambre!
Explication du Gouvernement allemand : elle est apparue récemment dans une collection privée. La nouvelle fait vite le tour du monde, est-ce que Tsarskoïe Selo va un jour accueillir à nouveau sa splendide chambre disparue: pas si sûr...
During World War II, the Nazis rob the Big Catherine's Palace - the Imperial residence of Tsarskoïe Selo situated to 30 km of Saint-Petersbourg.
The pride of the Palace - a room entirely decorated in amber of baltique - disappeared ! Without letting traces nor, nor tracks.
During several decades the research continue : without result ! It is necessary to specify that the Famous room of amber was unique and splendid as testify it of rare photos taken before the War !
And yet in 2004 the Minister of the culture of Germany, Mr. Michael Naumann met President Vladimir Poutine to put back him... a mosaic made of marble that was part of the decor of the amber Room !
Explanation of the German Government : it appeared lately in a private collection. The news makes the tour of the world quickly, is that that Tsarskoïe Selo is going to welcome its splendid extinct room one day all over again : not so sure.
Où est la vraie "Chambre d'ambre" ? Des dizaines de chercheurs de trésors persistent à vouloir percer le mystère de la disparition de ces riches panneaux muraux volés par les nazis près de Saint-Pétersbourg.
Depuis sa disparition au coeur de l'hiver 1944-1945, les hypothèses -- comme les légendes -- les plus folles circulent sur le sort de ce trésor d'ambre ciselé du début du XVIIIème siècle, joyau du palais de la tsarine Catherine à Tsarskoïe Selo, l'actuel Pouchkine.
"Rien ne pourra remplacer l'original, unique", regrette le retraité Hans Stadelmann, depuis plus de quinze ans à sa recherche. L'historien amateur en est presque certain: c'est en Thuringe, sans doute "dans la centaine de salles aujourd'hui inaccessibles des souterrains du Gauforum", un édifice nazi du centre de Weimar, que se trouve l'original. La municipalité, elle, n'y croit pas. Mais il ne s'agit là que d'une théorie parmi d'autres
Where is the true "Room of amber" ? do the score of researchers of treasures persist to want to pierce the mystery of the disappearance of these rich wall panels flown by the Nazis close to Saint - Petersbourg.
Since its disappearance to the heart of the winter 1944-1945, the hypotheses--as the legends--maddest circulate on the fate of this amber treasure chiseled of the beginning of the XVIIIth century, jewel of the palace of tsarina Catherine in Tsarskoïe Selo, the present Pouchkine.
"Nothing will be able to replace the original, unique", regret the pensioner Hans Stadelmann, since more of fifteen years to its research. The amateur historian is nearly certain of it : it is in Thuringia, probably "in about hundred rooms today inaccessible of the underground of the Gauforum", a Nazi building of the center of Weimar, that is the original. The township, it, doesn't believe there. But it is only there about a theory among others.
The areas around tourist sights always seem to attract artists ~ a mix of works in progress and finished creations for display/sale.
The gentleman in this photo was positioned on one of the bridges on the Kanal Griboedova, working on a painting of the Church on Spilled Blood. There was a group of children (it seemed to grow by the minute) gathered around him, and he involved them in each step of his work ~ asking for colour choices, having them take measurements with him. . .it was a fantastic scene.
artists necropolis:our lady of tikhvine cemetery
tikhvinskoie kladbichtche,on alexandre nevski square,at the top end of nevsky prospekt.
you find there monuments and graves of musicians as:glinka,moussorgski,borodine,rimski-korsakov,balakirev ,glazounov,rubinstein and tchaikovski.
also the novelist dostoievski
The holy man to the last Czar's was one of the most confounding characters of his time.
He held complete confidence of the Czarina for the apparent healing of the tsarevich's bleeding illness, but over time was thought unholy by most around the royal circle.
The Orthodox Church tried to distance themselves several times and many men of influence who dared to speak against him were fired or imprisoned by the wish of the czarina with the concordance of her husband, Czar Nicholas,
Rasputin was finally undone at the Sheremetev Palace where he went on the pretence to meet the attractive wife of Count Sheremetev. A big strong man from Siberia, Rasputin was poisoned, shot and finally drowned in the Neva before ending his influence over life in St. Petersburg.
Some historians credit him with the undoing of Nicholas by keeping the royals disinformed of the true changes occuring in Russia at the time. Tsar Nicholas abdicated and established a provisional democratic government, but it was too late. The Bolsheviks took over in 1917 and won the civil war to end democratic rule until 1991.
Supposedly some of Rasputin's member was removed and preserved at Kunstkamera and continues to make news of the weird at exhibitions. He was said to have a strange power over women, not unlike the vampires of modern literature, but judge for yourself.