October 28th, 2021
Hight's Sabbatical Pictures

Part 35: St. Petersburg I, 16-18 May 2008

In the early morning of 16 May I joined a group of Euro College students from Tartu on a trip to the Russian Federation. First we stopped at Tsarskoye Selo (Tsar's Village). Above is Catherine's Palace.

The Russian countryside and especially the area around St. Petersburg is littered with monuments to the Great Patriotic War (WWII). Here is one just outside of the city.

Heiko Pääbo (he teaches in the Euro College) and I on the square in front of the Winter Palace (not visible). The city had been recently improved/renovated to celebrate its 300th anniversary in 2003 a few years earlier.

While in St. Petersburg I took a boat trip around the city. The city has more waterways and bridges than any other city - by one count more than 365 bridges span rivers and canals in the city. Above is a shot of Peter and Paul Fortress on the Neva.

The facade of the Winter Palace facing the Neva River. I took this picture from the barge on the river. The Winter Palace holds the Hermitage Museum.

A view of one of the canals and several of the many bridges in the city. The buildings are colorfully painted with lots of yellows and pinks to offset the dark winters.

St. Petersburg is the home of the Aurora warship, famous for firing the shot on 25 October 1918 announcing the success of the revolution. For the historians out there, the first shot was actually fired by a small canon in the Peter and Paul Fortress, but official Soviet/Russian history chooses to downplay that fact.

A picture for the nostalgic. This building used to be home to the main offices of the KGB during the Soviet period. After the dissolution of the Soviet Union the FSB (the Russian Security Service) moved into it and resides there still.

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