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The Winter Palace

The Winter Palace
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Copyright: Tsilla Nahari (tnahari) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1381 W: 259 N: 4365] (26007)
Genre: Places
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2012-09-11
Categories: Architecture, Artwork
Exposure: f/5.6, 1/500 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2012-10-29 13:05
Viewed: 2580
Points: 16
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The Winter Palace

From the 1760s onwards the Winter Palace was the main residence of the Russian Tsars. Magnificently located on the bank of the Neva River, this Baroque-style palace is perhaps St. Petersburg’s most impressive attraction. Many visitors also know it as the main building of the Hermitage Museum. The green-and-white three-storey palace is a marvel of Baroque architecture and boasts 1,786 doors, 1,945 windows and 1,057 elegantly and lavishly decorated halls and rooms, many of which are open to the public.

The Winter Palace was built between 1754 and 1762 for Empress Elizabeth, the daughter of Peter the Great. Unfortunately, Elizabeth died before the palace’s completion and only Catherine the Great and her successors were able to enjoy the sumptuous interiors of Elizabeth’s home. Many of the palace’s impressive interiors have been remodeled since then, particularly after 1837, when a huge fire destroyed most of the building. Today the Winter Palace, together with four more buildings arranged side by side along the river embankment, houses the extensive collections of the Hermitage. The Hermitage Museum is the largest art gallery in Russia and is among the largest and most respected art museums in the world.


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Love the color tones and details you managed to fetch in this shot, Tsilla!
Light and exposure are very well handled and contrasts are amazing against a blue sky.
Well caught mood in this shot of a majestic building!


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  • fransx Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2938 W: 134 N: 7397] (41704)
  • [2012-10-29 13:40]

Hi Tsilla,
Superb architecture of this Winter Palace of Russia. A wonderful frontal POV presenting this splendid facade in such pastel colors. A nice contrast with the blue sky. Nice clouds and a very interesting pavement.
Well done for this neat work.

Francis Xavier

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  • jackal Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 790 W: 26 N: 808] (9654)
  • [2012-10-29 13:50]

Hi Tsilla,
an excellent capture of this magnificent building, it was very dull when we visited last month but you obviously had a great day - I may have cropped a little of the sky and used a more panoramic view but that's just personal choice

OlÁ Tsilla
The architecturte is poweful with good colors and a good light mangement. Good contrast...you made evident all the beauty of the place
um abraço

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  • suzley Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1833 W: 317 N: 3045] (23928)
  • [2012-10-30 1:57]

Hi Tsilla.

Picture postcard style presented perfectly...now theres a lot of 'P's'
What a great location, I love the style of the building and the decor, sort of orate and modern. I also love the addition of the lines to the ground, eye catching pattern and fits with the line of building some what. Beautiful sky and very well presented, tfs

stv ;o))

Ciao Tsilla, great view of fantastic palace, superb sky with lovely clouds, excellent clarity, splendid light and colors, very well done, my friend, ciao Silvio

There's nothing like old architectures especially the Russian, they are so ornate and beautiful. Love the colors and good lighting. Good dof with sharp details. Very well done, tfs.

Excellent depth and perspective image.
Great composition and framing,
outstanding light management, wonderful colours.
Very well done, TFS.


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