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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 I have added many identifying captions and historical references.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
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
Peterhof from the Baltic waterway.jpg
Peterhof from the Baltic waterway.jpg
Hermitage Entry.jpg
Hermitage Entry.jpg
Da Vinci Madonna  Child 2.jpg
Da Vinci Madonna Child 2.jpg
Abraham  Isaac Rembrandt Hermitage.jpg
Abraham Isaac Rembrandt Hermitage.jpg
Van Gogh Thatched Cottages copy.jpg
Van Gogh Thatched Cottages copy.jpg
Cezanne Man with Pipe.jpg
Cezanne Man with Pipe.jpg
Peterhof Grounds.jpg
Peterhof Grounds.jpg
Peterhof Palace  Fountains.jpg
Peterhof Palace Fountains.jpg
Closeup of Samson in Peterhof.jpg
Closeup of Samson in Peterhof.jpg
Atlas Looks out to the Baltic at Peterhof.jpg
Atlas Looks out to the Baltic at Peterhof.jpg
Game Room.jpg
Game Room.jpg
Banquet Room 2 Peterhof.jpg
Banquet Room 2 Peterhof.jpg
The Tucker -- Theile Family Group at Peterhof.jpg
The Tucker -- Theile Family Group at Peterhof.jpg
Neptune Subdues a Fish in a Fountain.jpg
Neptune Subdues a Fish in a Fountain.jpg
Girl in Chair.jpg
Girl in Chair.jpg
Michaelangelo Crouching Boy copy.jpg
Michaelangelo Crouching Boy copy.jpg
Paul Gauguin Original and Copy.jpg
Paul Gauguin Original and Copy.jpg
Matisse Still Life with Dishes and Fruit 1901.jpg
Matisse Still Life with Dishes and Fruit 1901.jpg
Great Hall Hermitage.jpg
Great Hall Hermitage.jpg
_DSC0013 Alexander I.jpg
_DSC0013 Alexander I.jpg
Friesz Roofs and Cathedral Rouen.jpg
Friesz Roofs and Cathedral Rouen.jpg
Picasso Two Sisters (The Meeting) 1902.jpg
Picasso Two Sisters (The Meeting) 1902.jpg
Picasso Woman with Fan 1907-08.jpg
Picasso Woman with Fan 1907-08.jpg
Picasso Nude 1909.jpg
Picasso Nude 1909.jpg
Rembrandt Flora Detail 1634.jpg
Rembrandt Flora Detail 1634.jpg
Rembrandt Danae.jpg
Rembrandt Danae.jpg
Rembrant Return of Prodigal Son Hermitage.jpg
Rembrant Return of Prodigal Son Hermitage.jpg
Renoir Girl with a Fan 1881.jpg
Renoir Girl with a Fan 1881.jpg
Child with a Whip.jpg
Child with a Whip.jpg
Woman in the Garden. Sainte-Adresse.jpg
Woman in the Garden. Sainte-Adresse.jpg
Hermitage Hall w Raphael Loggias.jpg
Hermitage Hall w Raphael Loggias.jpg
Pissarro Street Scene.jpg
Pissarro Street Scene.jpg
Kandinsky Winter 1909 Hermitage.jpg
Kandinsky Winter 1909 Hermitage.jpg
Kandinsky 1911 Sketch for Composition V Hermitage.jpg
Kandinsky 1911 Sketch for Composition V Hermitage.jpg
Gilded Clock Hermitage.jpg
Gilded Clock Hermitage.jpg
Gilded Horse-drawn Coach for the Czars.jpg
Gilded Horse-drawn Coach for the Czars.jpg
Kazan Cathedral.jpg
Kazan Cathedral.jpg
Bankovskiy Most with Lions.jpg
Bankovskiy Most with Lions.jpg
St Isaacs Cathedral Exterior.jpg
St Isaacs Cathedral Exterior.jpg
Church of Spilled Blood copy.jpg
Church of Spilled Blood copy.jpg
Russian Girls Watch Cruise Ship Pass.jpg
Russian Girls Watch Cruise Ship Pass.jpg
Lomonosov Porcelain.jpg
Lomonosov Porcelain.jpg
Cruiser Aurora.jpg
Cruiser Aurora.jpg
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