St Petersburg - the extraordinary beauty of its architecture and canals, its complex and volatile history, its fantastic cultural treasures, are the stuff of legend. A city created from the swamps by Peter the Great it was for 200 years the capital of the world's largest country - home to legendary rulers like Catherine the Great, and tragic ones like Tsar Nicholas II. A central player in the history of the last century, the home of literary giants like Pushkin and Dostoevsky, composers such as Rimsky-Korsakov and Shostakovich, it was (both the scene of one of the most hitter sieges of the second world war and the birthplace of the Bolshevik revolution. The Russians - urged on by native son President Putin - have been spending some $1.5 billion restoring the city and preparing it for its 21st century role as the country's 'summer capital' and a major tourist destination. This 3 x 23' 30" series, originally commissioned by Five, narrated by Tim Marlow and with music performed by The State Hermitage Orchestra, explores the art and architecture of this 'Venice of the North' through wonders like the Winter Palace, St Isaac's Cathedral and the Church on Spilled Blood - and not least the treasures contained in The Hermitage, possibly the greatest museum in the world.
- The Treasures of St Petersburg and the Hermitage review by SB
I mistook this for 'Hermitage Revealed' (2014) so I was a little disappointed to discover my mistake, but for someone who knows very little about either the Hermitage or the history of St Petersburg this was an interesting introduction to both. The Hermitage itself is clearly stunning, and the interviewees were very engaging, especially the Russians.
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