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Treasures of the Russian Czars -- Moscow to St. Petersburg

Feel free to hit the SLIDESHOW control (top right) and explore the great scenery, architecture, jewelry, bibles, and art treasures of the Russian Czars. I have added many identifying captions and historical references. This trip is sponsored every summer by the Commonwealth Club of California, a leader in educational travel. For information and reservations see: (www.commonwealthclub.org)

The gallery describes a 2005 journey, first through Moscow, and then along the Volga River to various ports of call, and finally to St. Petersburg, the former capital of Russia between 1720 and 1917. But this is really a journey through a thousand years of Russian history, and a brief glimpse at the future.

The Czars built luxurious palaces, cultured elegant gardens, and accumulated hundreds of the greatest paintings and sculptures in Europe. Moscow's Kremlin Armory houses gilded and bejewelled crowns, carriages, Faberge eggs, and other treasures. Many of the world's finest masterpieces, by such artists as Rembrandt, Michaelangelo, Da Vinci, Raphael, Kandinsky, Gainsborough, Van Gogh, Cezanne, Renoir, Matisse, and Picasso, can be viewed in museums in Moscow and St.Petersburg. Most notably the State Hermitage Museum in St. Petersburg and the Pushkin Museum in Moscow have on display some of the world's greatest art treasures. My photos of many masterpieces from the Hermitage can be found near the end of this multi-page gallery.

All of these Russia images, including those in the darkened museums, were captured by the Nikon D2x, a 12 megapixel digital marvel, together with a variety of very special lenses.
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Kizhi Windmill Ink Outline 100 Crop.jpg
Kizhi Windmill Ink Outline 100 Crop.jpg
Cathedral of the Annunciation.jpg
Cathedral of the Annunciation.jpg
Kremlin Cathedrals.jpg
Kremlin Cathedrals.jpg
St Basils Cathedral.jpg
St Basils Cathedral.jpg
Cathedral of the Assumption.jpg
Cathedral of the Assumption.jpg
Kremlin Tower.jpg
Kremlin Tower.jpg
Kazan Cathedral.jpg
Kazan Cathedral.jpg
St Basils Cathedral.jpg
St Basils Cathedral.jpg
Ivan the Great Tower Kremlin.jpg
Ivan the Great Tower Kremlin.jpg
Czar Bell Tower from Inside Square Skew Tf copy.jpg
Czar Bell Tower from Inside Square Skew Tf copy.jpg
Street Performer.jpg
Street Performer.jpg
Icon Resurrection Gate.jpg
Icon Resurrection Gate.jpg
Czar Bell.jpg
Czar Bell.jpg
Madonna & Child Icon.jpg
Madonna & Child Icon.jpg
GUM Shopping Mall.jpg
GUM Shopping Mall.jpg
GUM Wedding Photos.jpg
GUM Wedding Photos.jpg
Red Square View.jpg
Red Square View.jpg
Novodevichiy Convent.jpg
Novodevichiy Convent.jpg
Vic & Helene.jpg
Vic & Helene.jpg
Moscow Metro.jpg
Moscow Metro.jpg
Moscow Metro Escalator.jpg
Moscow Metro Escalator.jpg
Metro Napoleon Mural.jpg
Metro Napoleon Mural.jpg
Waiting for the Metro Train.jpg
Waiting for the Metro Train.jpg
In We Go.jpg
In We Go.jpg
Great Kremlin Palace.jpg
Great Kremlin Palace.jpg
Terem Palace.jpg
Terem Palace.jpg
Icons.jpg
Icons.jpg
Giant Cannon.jpg
Giant Cannon.jpg
Olga.jpg
Olga.jpg
Dave and Betsy.jpg
Dave and Betsy.jpg
Coronation Vestment  Crown.jpg
Coronation Vestment Crown.jpg
Jewelled Cross.jpg
Jewelled Cross.jpg
Beaded Crowns.jpg
Beaded Crowns.jpg
Catherine the Great Wedding Dress.jpg
Catherine the Great Wedding Dress.jpg
Czar's Jewel-encrusted Gospels.jpg
Czar's Jewel-encrusted Gospels.jpg
Icon Laden Czar Bible.jpg
Icon Laden Czar Bible.jpg
Icons on Gilded Bible 100 detail.jpg
Icons on Gilded Bible 100 detail.jpg
Icons on Gilded Bible detail bottom.jpg
Icons on Gilded Bible detail bottom.jpg
Angel Crown Tapestry.jpg
Angel Crown Tapestry.jpg
Bejeweled Veneration.jpg
Bejeweled Veneration.jpg
Bejeweled Necklace Detail.jpg
Bejeweled Necklace Detail.jpg
Monomakh Fur Crown.jpg
Monomakh Fur Crown.jpg
Jeweled Crown  Sceptre bkgrd downsize.jpg
Jeweled Crown Sceptre bkgrd downsize.jpg
Matryoshkas.jpg
Matryoshkas.jpg
Girl Sitting for Caricature Portrait_filtered.jpg
Girl Sitting for Caricature Portrait_filtered.jpg
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