|The dome of St Isaac's|
Many of the buildings are designed by an Italian architect Rastrelli, so there is a fairly uniform appearance. There was obviously significant wealth in pre-revolution St Petersburg, as many of the surviving buildings were originally owned by the nobility.
|Classical streetscape designed by Rastrelli|
|The pink mansion was owned by the Stroganoff family|
|Part of the Hermitage Palace and Museum|
|One of many decorative ceilings in the Hermitage|
|One of several works by Monet|
|The central part (about a quarter) of the main facade of the Catherine Palace|
|The gold encrustd throne room. Notice the blue booties|
|A small dining room with specially commissioned dinner service|
|A specially commissioned secretaire with coded opening sequence|
|The Peter and Paul fortress where the Romanov Tsars are buried, including those assassinated in 1917|
The evening was spent at a cultural performance of traditional a capella singing and dancing. It was an excellent performance, with some of the dancing too fast to capture adequately.
|One of the very expressive and talented male dancers|
|The female dance group in national costume|