How culture saved Leningrad during the Siege

The blockade was both unique in the scale of suffering and resilience exhibited. We can never imagine what it would have taken to survive 900 days (including 3 Russian winters), on rations lower than those in the Nazi concentration camps of the same period. So how did the jewel of Imperial Russia survive the siege?… Continue reading

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Cat Craze in St. Petersburg

Cat Craze in St. Petersburg With the “International Day of St. Petersburg’s Cats” (Всемирный день петербургских котов) coming up this weekend, I decided to let my inner crazy-cat-lady go wild for a week. Without further ado, here are my findings of the lengthy investigation about pretty much everything feline-related in this cat-crazed city. Why is… Continue reading

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8 Things You Didn’t Know About St. Petersburg

Eight Things You Didn’t Know About St. Petersburg 1. The Lucky Cat Yelisei Looking for some luck? Make your way towards Malaya Sadovaya street (Малая Садовая улица) and look for a bronze cat sitting on a platform up over your head — in the eaves of the Eliseyev Emporium. Legend has it that throwing a coin to the… Continue reading

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Jan Fabre’s Exhibition – Knight of Despair / Warrior of Beauty

Jan Fabre's Ausstellung

The Hermitage has opened its doors to one of the most famous and most discussed artists of the modern art scene: Jan Fabre. His exhibition ‘Knight of Despair/Warrior of Beauty’ features a multifaceted collection of more than 200 artworks, ranging from pencil sketches to a woman’s dress, made out of beetles.  The exhibition spreads over… Continue reading

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Hermitage – a historical adventure

Die deutsche Version des Artikels finden Sie hier. Everyone who plans a trip to Saint Petersburg, will definitely also visit Hermitage. It counts to one of the most famous and biggest art museum in the world and it is a main part of the most important sights of Saint Petersburg. Hermitage is a former residence of Russian… Continue reading

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A Masterpiece: Olympia at the Hermitage

Olympia

A Masterpiece: Olympia at the Hermitage According to apocrypha,  if you were to spend a minute looking at every singe item in the Hermitage, it would take you seven years to browse the entire collection. Its safe to say, then, that you don’t need any more reasons to visit, but here’s one anyway: one of… Continue reading

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The 250th anniversary of the Hermitage!

On Saturday, the State Hermitage Museum in St Petersburg celebrated its 250th birthday with a mesmerising 3-D laser show on Дворцовая Площадь (Palace Square), which detailed the history of the Hermitage Museum, and a special exhibition within the Hermitage itself. I went to the Hermitage in the day on Saturday to see what the museum… Continue reading

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