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Title: Aerials of the Winter Palace - Hermitage
Post by: Joanna on August 09, 2016, 04:23:15 PM
Aerial Tour of the Exterior Layout of the Winter Palace (1)

https://winterpalaceresearch.blogspot.ca/2016/08/aerial-tour-of-exterior-layout-of.html

Joanna
Title: Re: Aerials of the Winter Palace - Hermitage
Post by: Joanna on August 19, 2016, 10:14:57 AM
Aerial Tour of the Exterior Layout of the Winter Palace (2)

http://winterpalaceresearch.blogspot.ca/2016/08/aerial-tour-of-exterior-layout-of_19.html

Joanna
Title: Re: Aerials of the Winter Palace - Hermitage
Post by: Joanna on August 26, 2016, 10:26:51 AM
Aerial Tour of the Exterior Layout of the Winter Palace (3)

https://winterpalaceresearch.blogspot.ca/2016/08/aerial-tour-of-exterior-layout-of_26.html

Joanna
Title: Re: Aerials of the Winter Palace - Hermitage
Post by: Joanna on September 08, 2016, 10:20:33 AM
Aerial Tour of the Exterior Layout of the Winter Palace (4)

http://winterpalaceresearch.blogspot.ca/2016/09/aerial-tour-of-exterior-layout-of.html

Joanna
Title: Re: Aerials of the Winter Palace - Hermitage
Post by: Joanna on October 27, 2016, 06:04:54 PM
Winter Palace in Winter Snow

https://winterpalaceresearch.blogspot.ca/2016/10/winter-palace-in-winter-snow.html

Joanna
Title: Re: Aerials of the Winter Palace - Hermitage
Post by: Sanochka on October 30, 2016, 12:32:36 AM
Winter Palace in Winter Snow

https://winterpalaceresearch.blogspot.ca/2016/10/winter-palace-in-winter-snow.html

Joanna

In the final picture, it looks like there are two women standing in the arched doorway at far left.  I wonder who they could be.
Title: Re: Aerials of the Winter Palace - Hermitage
Post by: Joanna on October 31, 2016, 05:42:10 PM
https://winterpalaceresearch.blogspot.ca/2016/10/winter-palace-in-winter-snow.html
In the final picture, it looks like there are two women standing in the arched doorway at far left.  I wonder who they could be.

I am not sure if that is Nicholas II in the centre and may be Alexandra or court ladies standing in the doorway. There are many entries in Nicholas' diary where he went to the guardroom, toured the halls to visit the guards, and with the guards in the large courtyard.

Joanna
Title: Re: Aerials of the Winter Palace - Hermitage
Post by: Joanna on November 08, 2016, 05:35:59 PM
The red façade of the Winter Palace in 1920s and an amazing aerial view of the garden with the gates still there:

https://winterpalaceresearch.blogspot.ca/2016/11/sergey-prokofievs-visit-to-winter.html

Joanna
Title: Re: Aerials of the Winter Palace - Hermitage
Post by: Cathy on November 10, 2016, 05:32:35 AM
Thanks Joanna for your beautifully written and presented Blog. The information is so very interesting.

I loved the Hermitage in red - I did have old postcards of it red. There were many buildings painted in red in St. Petersburg at the time; some have changed and some are still red.

But my favourite colour for the Winter Palace is today's green/blue - it is calm and elegant.

Cathy
Title: Re: Aerials of the Winter Palace - Hermitage
Post by: Joanna on May 11, 2017, 11:44:34 AM
Ice Slides on Admiralty Square by the Winter Palace in Saint Petersburg

https://winterpalaceresearch.blogspot.ca/2017/05/carnival-ice-slides-on-winter-palaces.html

Joanna
Title: Re: Aerials of the Winter Palace - Hermitage
Post by: Inok Nikolai on May 11, 2017, 03:07:02 PM
Ice Slides on Admiralty Square by the Winter Palace in Saint Petersburg

https://winterpalaceresearch.blogspot.ca/2017/05/carnival-ice-slides-on-winter-palaces.html

Joanna

Great post and illustrations!

Just a slight clarification:
In the Orthodox Church, the forty days of Lent are calculated differently than in the West. Thus, for the Orthodox, Lent or the Great Fast always begins on a Monday. Festivities would have to end by midnight on Sunday. And so, there is no Shrove Tuesday, or Ash Wednesday.
Title: Re: Aerials of the Winter Palace - Hermitage
Post by: Joanna on May 13, 2017, 09:41:08 AM
Thank you very much Inok Nikolai.

I have edited the post to the Great Fast beginning on Monday. Shrovetide is the word I have used before for others in English to represent Maslenitsa. And writing the word pancake, how I would love to be in St. Petersburg for a blini!

Joanna
Title: Re: Aerials of the Winter Palace - Hermitage
Post by: Inok Nikolai on May 15, 2017, 02:52:32 PM
Yes, I quite understand.
FYI: The liturgical term for that week is "Cheese-fare Week", it being the last week when dairy products can be eaten.
Title: Re: Aerials of the Winter Palace - Hermitage
Post by: Joanna on June 01, 2017, 12:01:08 PM
Exterior Colors of the Winter Palace in St. Petersburg from the 1760s to 1950s

https://winterpalaceresearch.blogspot.ca/2017/05/exterior-colors-of-winter-palace-1760s.html

Joanna
Title: Re: Aerials of the Winter Palace - Hermitage
Post by: Joanna on June 20, 2017, 10:04:43 AM
In my blog post below, an unknown balcony I discovered – Winter Palace, Saint Petersburg in 1870

https://winterpalaceresearch.blogspot.ca/2017/06/view-of-winter-palace-in-1870.html

Joanna
Title: Re: Aerials of the Winter Palace - Hermitage
Post by: Cathy on June 22, 2017, 06:26:14 AM
Thank you for this amazing picture - I can easily identify the items you list in the blog.
Title: Re: Aerials of the Winter Palace - Hermitage
Post by: Joanna on June 28, 2017, 01:25:42 PM
Aerial View of the Winter Palace in Saint Petersburg c1924

http://winterpalaceresearch.blogspot.ca/2017/06/aerial-view-of-winter-palace-c1924.html

Joanna
Title: Re: Aerials of the Winter Palace - Hermitage
Post by: Sanochka on July 01, 2017, 09:07:25 AM
What a fascinating pair of before & after pictures.  Both are taken from the same angle and are so clear that I could spend all day comparing the two.  It's amazing how little has changed.  Thank you for posting, Joanna.
Title: Re: Aerials of the Winter Palace - Hermitage
Post by: Inok Nikolai on July 02, 2017, 04:37:37 PM
Brings back fond memories!

In the first picture, the dark, six-story building (at the upper right, at the end of the far bridge) used to be the dormitory for foreign students.
(Now it's been replaced by a fancy new apartment building.)

In the 1970s our room faced the Neva, directly across from the Winter Palace. The Fortress of SS. Peter and Paul was on our left, Palace Embankment was in the center, and the Admiralty, St. Isaacs, and the Point of Vasilevsky Island were on the right.
One could spend hours admiring the view, especially at night when the buildings were all lit up until 1 AM.
A magical time...
On one particular evening, a full moon rose directly overhead from behind the Winter Palace, bathing it and the river in moonlight.

To get to classes, we we used to cross over the far bridge, cut behind the former Stock Exchange, walk along the the Twelve Colleges and enter the university next door to it.
Of course, in winter, and with a strong wind blowing, it could be a bit of a challenge!
Title: Re: Aerials of the Winter Palace - Hermitage
Post by: Cathy on July 04, 2017, 07:03:46 AM
инок Николай - I love your story. It puts a lovely human touch to the picture and to the area of the Twelve Colleges. I love these buildings.

Here is a little background information:

"...The largest structure in St. Petersburg surviving from the Petrine era, the Twelve Colleges were at the centre of Peter the Great's fundamental reforms of the Russian state in the 18th century. In the 19th century, as the main campus of St. Petersburg University, the building became the site of historic research and discoveries by Russian academics including Dmitry Mendeleev, Alexander Popov, and Ivan Pavlov.

The building, which is over 400 meters long, was commissioned by Peter in 1718 to house the new structures of government - the Senate, the Synod of the Russian Orthodox Church, and the nine Colleges, which served the function of modern ministries. The original architect of the project was Domenico Trezzini, who had also designed the Peter and Paul Fortress, and building began 1722. It took 20 years to complete the building, during which time construction was supervised by Theodor Schwertfeger, Mikhail Zemtsov, and Domenico Trezzini's nephew (and son-in-law) Giuseppe Trezzini.

Originally twelve separate buildings, with trading premises on the first floors and the offices of government above, the structure was unusual for St. Petersburg in that its main facade faced away from the Neva River, forming one side of what Peter the Great planned to be the central square of his new city. As the 18th century progressed and the centre of the city gradually became established on the left bank of the river, with no permanent bridge connecting to Vasilevskiy Island, the site of the Twelve Colleges became increasingly inconvenient, part of the reason why the higher departments of government began to seek new premises on the opposite bank.

In 1804, part of the Twelve Colleges was assigned to the Pedagogical Institute, the precursor of St. Petersburg University, which was officially founded in 1819. At that time, the building was significantly altered to suit its new role. Of the original interiors, only the sculptures, frieze, ceiling murals and fireplaces in the Petrovsky Hall have survived. Of note from the early 19th century reconstruction are the grand staircase and the magnificent Assembly Hall.
 
To this day, the Twelve Colleges house the university's administrative offices, as well as the Faculties of Geology and Earth Sciences. Widely considered the second best university in Russia after Moscow State, St. Petersburg State counts amongst its alumni eight Nobel Prize winners, including Ivan Pavlov and the poet Joseph Brodsky and the Russian-American novelist and philosopher Ayn Rand.
Visitors have access to some of the public halls of the Twelve Colleges, which also regularly host concerts, and the building also houses two museums - the Museum of the History of St. Petersburg University and the Dmitry Mendeleev Apartment Museum.

Dmitry Mendeleev's Memorial Museum Apartment is a museum apartment of the Russian chemist Dmitry Mendeleev, who is famous for establishing the Periodic law of arranging chemical elements by their atomic masses, which allowed the prediction of properties of elements (i.e. simple substances) yet to be discovered.
It is located in the Twelve Colleges building, now being the centre of Saint Petersburg State University and in Mendeleev's time - Head Pedagogical Institute with his archives. The street in front of these is named after him as Mendeleevskaya liniya (Mendeleev Line). For security reasons access into the building in general is allowed mostly to authorized persons, such as students and staff of the University. All entrants are to present to the guards their identification documents...".

My sister and I have visited Vasilevskiy Island 3 times - the last time we walked by the Mendeleev museum, knocked at the door and were given the most amazing tour of the apartment. The curator took us around explaining every 'element' of M.'s living space. It was of course in Russian which we are not adept at but we understood enough to appreciate everything we saw and were  told. We then had the opportunity to explore on our own. What a great experience.

Cathy
Title: Re: Aerials of the Winter Palace - Hermitage
Post by: Joanna on July 30, 2017, 08:17:37 PM
A beautiful painting of the Winter Palace from Palace Square in 1898 (note the color of the façade by the artist)

http://winterpalaceresearch.blogspot.ca/2017/07/winter-palace-from-palace-square-in-1898.html
   
Joanna
Title: Re: Aerials of the Winter Palace - Hermitage
Post by: Joanna on September 05, 2017, 10:06:55 AM
The old man who was wrong but was right!
Palace Square in Saint Petersburg

https://winterpalaceresearch.blogspot.ca/2017/08/cracks-in-alexander-column-on-palace.html

Joanna
Title: Re: Aerials of the Winter Palace - Hermitage
Post by: Joanna on September 27, 2017, 09:44:52 AM
Palace Square in Saint Petersburg – over 150 years ago!

http://winterpalaceresearch.blogspot.ca/2017/09/the-winter-palace-in-1860.html

Joanna
Title: Re: Aerials of the Winter Palace - Hermitage
Post by: Joanna on January 27, 2018, 06:10:29 PM
A rare 1861 panoramic photograph of the Winter Palace [now known as the Hermitage] in Saint Petersburg
 
http://winterpalaceresearch.blogspot.ca/2018/01/awnings-on-windows-of-winter-palace.html

Joanna
Title: Re: Aerials of the Winter Palace - Hermitage
Post by: Joanna on February 27, 2018, 09:58:04 AM
A close-up view of the Commandant Entrance of the Winter Palace and the Barracks in Saint Petersburg

Emperor Nicholas II and Winter Thaws

http://winterpalaceresearch.blogspot.ca/2018/02/emperor-nicholas-ii-and-winter-thaws.html

Joanna
Title: Re: Aerials of the Winter Palace - Hermitage
Post by: Joanna on February 28, 2018, 06:56:08 PM
Three large detailed photographs in the post below of the Winter Palace [Hermitage Museum] in Saint Petersburg.

Do you see the small entrances that were for Emperor Nicholas II and Empress Alexandra, guests and minister of the court?

https://winterpalaceresearch.blogspot.ca/2018/02/views-of-winter-palace-c1897.html

Joanna
Title: Re: Aerials of the Winter Palace - Hermitage
Post by: Joanna on March 18, 2018, 05:47:04 PM
Nicholas II and Empress Alexandra at the Consecration of the Cathedral of the Resurrection on August 19th 1907

Intriguing to compare the aerial photographs of 1920 and today [click on the post below] of the Cathedral of the Resurrection in Saint Petersburg. Looking north to the Nevsky Prospekt, do you see the Kazan Cathedral in the upper right?

https://winterpalaceresearch.blogspot.ca/2018/03/nicholas-ii-and-empress-alexandra-at.html

Joanna
Title: Re: Aerials of the Winter Palace - Hermitage
Post by: Joanna on May 25, 2018, 07:17:23 PM
Panoramas of the Winter Palace, Admiralty, Vasilevsky Island, Peter & Paul Fortress c1920s

http://winterpalaceresearch.blogspot.ca/2018/05/panoramas-of-winter-palace-and.html

Joanna

Title: Re: Aerials of the Winter Palace - Hermitage
Post by: Joanna on December 09, 2018, 06:23:53 PM
Aerial view of the Large Courtyard of the Winter Palace showing the northwest section where the Small Church was located and photographs c1850s and c1900s

https://winterpalaceresearch.blogspot.com/2018/12/the-small-church-for-imperial-family-in.html

Joanna
Title: Re: Aerials of the Winter Palace - Hermitage
Post by: Joanna on January 23, 2019, 06:09:00 PM
Stereoscopic photographs of the Winter Palace and St. Petersburg in 1895 with one a view of the northwest section 2nd floor rooms of Nicholas II and Alexandra:

https://winterpalaceresearch.blogspot.com/2019/01/views-of-winter-palace-and-st.html

Joanna
Title: Re: Aerials of the Winter Palace - Hermitage
Post by: Sanochka on January 24, 2019, 09:27:14 AM
Joanna, these stereoscopic photos are fascinating.  Thanks so much for posting them!
Title: Re: Aerials of the Winter Palace - Hermitage
Post by: Joanna on January 28, 2019, 07:38:32 PM
Aerial view of the Winter Palace - Note the small inner courtyard where windows of Alexandra's Bath and Nicholas' Pool overlooked:

http://winterpalaceresearch.blogspot.com/2019/01/aerial-photograph-of-winter-palace.html

Joanna
Title: Re: Aerials of the Winter Palace - Hermitage
Post by: IvanVII on February 01, 2019, 08:11:21 PM
I notice, there appears to be 7 interior courtyards throughout the palace, does anyone know if they were used for anything. Or did they just provide window space for interior rooms...?
Title: Re: Aerials of the Winter Palace - Hermitage
Post by: Sanochka on February 03, 2019, 03:55:38 PM
Interior courtyards were used to allow light and air into interior rooms - in everything from palaces to NYC tenements.  Made living in such buildings more pleasant, and people healthier.