The Floors of St Petersburg

10 Sep

It is a bit overwhelming to try to see as much as possible in two days in St. Petersburg. We went to Czarina Catherine’s summer palace in Pushkin. To two cathedrals: Isaac and Church of the Spilled Blood and the Hermitage, also known as the Winter Palace.

They were opulent, they were amazing, they were beyond belief, and so they made you realize why the ordinary Russian peasants and people rebelled against the aristocracy! The dichotomy between the rich and the poor was extraordinarily!

While in these churches and palaces, I began to notice the marble floors and the wood floors. They were also astounding. And I became obsessed, especially in the Hermitage where the floors were stunning examples of inlaid word and marble.

So here are some of my many floor photos.

First the floors of Catherine’s Summer Palace in Pushkin.

The marble floors of The Church of the Spilled Blood in St. Petersburg:

Finally the most magnificent inlaid wood floors of the Hermitage. I need to say that while we had to put on special booties to protect the floors in Catherine’s Palace, we did not have to wear them at the Hermitage. Some of these stunning floors are beginning to show damage. Here they are:

These buildings were so astonishing, it was often impossible to decide where to look. I think i focused on the floors, which are usually simple, as a way to relax my brain from the overwhelming lushness of what I was seeing. If you have ever been through the Vatican collection, then you know that exhaustion of seeing so much at one time. That is the feeling I had throughout my visit in St. Petersburg.

6 Responses to “The Floors of St Petersburg”

  1. Amy September 10, 2019 at 6:57 am #

    Oh, my! Those are incredibly gorgeous!

    • zicharon September 10, 2019 at 6:59 am #

      I have more but I did not want to overwhelm. Just think these were the Floors!

      • Amy September 10, 2019 at 7:00 am #

        And they let people walk on them!

      • zicharon September 10, 2019 at 7:01 am #

        I know. At the Summer Palace we all wore booties. The marble was fine. But at the Hermitage I worried.

  2. nitinsingh February 3, 2020 at 6:32 am #

    Lovely picture n informative post thnx

    • zicharon February 3, 2020 at 7:08 am #

      I am glad you liked it.

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