It’s no secret that I have a thing for architecture. The majority of my trips have been centred around particular structures and in my dreams I will have a structure of my own some day. However, my interests are more about contemporary architecture, skyscrapers mostly.
This is the first time that I’ve been in a country with architectural history that isn’t solely based on religion. There was obviously a point in time where architects were considered to be highly regarded members of society. Ornate designs and the impecable attention to detail that I see here in St Petersburg is something I’ve never seen before. As a result, there have been 2 buildings in particular that have overwhelmed me with emotion and forced my eyes to we’ll up.
The first of these is Catherine’s palace. Phoar…! There are no words… seriously. I honestly don’t know how to describe it.
The chandeliers hang with grace, both producing and reflecting light. Its as though the palace is wearing her finest jewellery, a spectacular pendant hung from a ceiling draped in gold. Every line, every curve is a feast for the eyes. By the team we reach the Amber room, my retinas take in a gluttonous feast of the finest gems that adorn the walls with gracious pride. Every stone carefully placed, fitting together like a jigsaw puzzle.
The second buildings that brought my heart to it’s knees was the Church of the Spilled Blood. No amount of pictures, books or web research could have prepared me for the grandeur of this structure. From the outside it is all kinds of incredible… but the inside, my goodness! What I thought were paintings, were large scale intricate mosaics. The colours, the scale, the structure itself… there are no words! Only goosebumps and a heart that was overflowing.
I’ve left St Petersburg now and am settled comfortably into the Petroff Palace in Moscow where the architecture exhibits a different style and genre. Bring on the next part of this adventure!