St Petersburg

After a busy month we want to share some of our photos from an enjoyable visit to St Petersburg earlier this year.

Here’s some brief information: Saint Petersburg was founded by Tsar Peter I of Russia in 1703. From 1713 through 1728 and from 1732 it was the capital of the country until 1918 when the central government bodies moved from Petrograd to Moscow.It is Russia’s second largest city after Moscow with 4.6 million inhabitants.

The temperatures in Russia had plummeted to -25 on our arrival there, with the city’s Fontanka river long since frozen over. The conditions made photography challenging, but we persisted and captured many images of the beautiful range of architecture throughout the city. A highlight was a visit to the Baroque-style Church on Spilt Blood, with it’s richly decorated and colourful facade. On our final day, we visited the memorial to the ‘Heroic Defenders of Leningrad’, giving us a powerful insight into the 900-day siege the city endured from the Nazis in WW2.

All Images © 2011 Wonky Eye


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