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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 I have added many identifying captions and historical references.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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Ulitsa Arbat Portrait Sketch.jpg
Ulitsa Arbat Portrait Sketch.jpg
Pay Toilet Lady Ulitsa Arbat.jpg
Pay Toilet Lady Ulitsa Arbat.jpg
Novodovichiy Convent Vertical.jpg
Novodovichiy Convent Vertical.jpg
Moscow State University.jpg
Moscow State University.jpg
Kalyazin Belfry.jpg
Kalyazin Belfry.jpg
Kaliazan Belfry and Volga Cruise Ship.jpg
Kaliazan Belfry and Volga Cruise Ship.jpg
Dmitry on the Blood.jpg
Dmitry on the Blood.jpg
Riverside Cathedral.jpg
Riverside Cathedral.jpg
Dawn Cathedral.jpg
Dawn Cathedral.jpg
Church in Yaroslavl.jpg
Church in Yaroslavl.jpg
Monestery Building.jpg
Monestery Building.jpg
Bell Tower.jpg
Bell Tower.jpg
Yaroslavl Cathedral.jpg
Yaroslavl Cathedral.jpg
Cathedral Icons.jpg
Cathedral Icons.jpg
Yaroslavl Outdoor Market.jpg
Yaroslavl Outdoor Market.jpg
Volga Cruise Ship under Rainbow.jpg
Volga Cruise Ship under Rainbow.jpg
Railroad Bridge over Volga.jpg
Railroad Bridge over Volga.jpg
Yaroslavl Monastery.jpg
Yaroslavl Monastery.jpg
Soviet Facade.jpg
Soviet Facade.jpg
Apricots.jpg
Apricots.jpg
Volgaheft 141.jpg
Volgaheft 141.jpg
Cathedral Under Repair.jpg
Cathedral Under Repair.jpg
Restaurant Wait Staff.jpg
Restaurant Wait Staff.jpg
Engulfed Cathedral.jpg
Engulfed Cathedral.jpg
Logging along the Volga.jpg
Logging along the Volga.jpg
Volga Baltic Canal.jpg
Volga Baltic Canal.jpg
Dawn at Lock on Volga copy.jpg
Dawn at Lock on Volga copy.jpg
Kizhi Church Sky Blend.jpg
Kizhi Church Sky Blend.jpg
Kizhi Wooden Churches.jpg
Kizhi Wooden Churches.jpg
Kizhi Artisan.jpg
Kizhi Artisan.jpg
Natalya.jpg
Natalya.jpg
Little Chapel Kizhi Island copy.jpg
Little Chapel Kizhi Island copy.jpg
Wooden Windmill.jpg
Wooden Windmill.jpg
Shashlyk.jpg
Shashlyk.jpg
Cyrillic KGB.jpg
Cyrillic KGB.jpg
Abby & Shelley.jpg
Abby & Shelley.jpg
Teddy.jpg
Teddy.jpg
Great Slide at Mandrogi.jpg
Great Slide at Mandrogi.jpg
Neva Dacha Near St. Petersburg Before Dawn.jpg
Neva Dacha Near St. Petersburg Before Dawn.jpg
St Isaacs Cathedral Sacristy Stained Glass.jpg
St Isaacs Cathedral Sacristy Stained Glass.jpg
Sts. Peter & Paul Cathedral Interior.jpg
Sts. Peter & Paul Cathedral Interior.jpg
Cameo Room Catherines Palace.jpg
Cameo Room Catherines Palace.jpg
Banquet Room Catherines Palace.jpg
Banquet Room Catherines Palace.jpg
Ceiling Lunette Catherines Palace.jpg
Ceiling Lunette Catherines Palace.jpg
Dressing Room Peterhof copy.jpg
Dressing Room Peterhof copy.jpg
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