Day 2 in Russia's second city consisted principally of three things = St. Isaac's Cathedral, the Hermitage, and an opera for the White Nights Festival at the Mariinsky Theatre.
My hostel was located in the "Carpenter's Lane" neighborhood featured in Dostoevsky's Crime and Punishment. It was an unintentional decision; my hostel was decent and not too far of a walk from everything. Dostoevsky lived in this building at one point, and in the hostel building behind me.
This house has been identified as Raskolnikov's place in Crime and Punishment.
Note the Dostoevsky statue, stating as much.
St. Isaac's Cathedral, completed in 1858 after 40 years of construction.
The interior is impressive.
Looking out to the opposite side of St. Isaac's Square to the Mariinsky Palace, home of the St. Petersburg Legislative Assembly (not open to the public whatsoever).
If you go to St. Isaac's, you have to go up to the dome.
This is why.
The Admiralty spire, a symbol of St. Petersburg.
From St. Isaac's, it was a relatively short walk to the Hermitage.
Palace Square with the Alexander Column.
The long line to enter the Hermitage, which I actually got to bypass by ordering my ticket online (if my memory serves me).
The staircase upon entering.
I don't have names for many pieces of art, but if I know it or who painted it I'll post it.
Leonardo da Vinci
Leonardo da Vinci
Looking out over the Neva River.
One of the many canals in the city.
Rembrandt's "Abraham's Sacrifice"
That line was ridiculous. Definitely get your tickets online.
Pieter Brueghel the Younger's "Kermis"
A statue of Voltaire by Jean-Antoine Houdon.
Andre Derain's "Martigues (Harbor in Provence)"
Henri Matisse's "Conversation"
Henri Matisse's "The Dance"
Another one by Matisse (I'm not normally a Matisse fan, but the Matisse Room is definitely neat).
Vincent Van Gogh
After many hours (six?) of walking around the Hermitage, I had to finally head out to catch my opera at the Mariinsky Theatre. It was a decently long walk, if I recall.
The Mariinsky Theatre, site of many famous premieres (Tchaikovsky, etc.).
Tonight I would be seeing "The Love of Three Oranges" by Sergei Prokofiev, whom you might know as the composer of "Peter and the Wolf."
Definitely a classy joint.
It was a fun opera, although I think I was a bit too tired from all the art to remember too much. At least I sneaked a photo of the final bow.
Coming up - a Sunday in St. Pete's. Stay tuned.