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The visit to Hermitage in Saint Petersburg was a very important part of my Russian trip. I am very greedy, I want to see everything everywhere and Hermitage was probably the last big museum I haven't seen so far.
But it is so big and filled with so many tourists. Impossible to show the interactions of visitors and artworks. The interiors are magnificent, it is a complex of palaces. of course, the collection is splendid but there are some museums that I prefer. But I am happy anyway that finally I saw it.

Catherine the Great admired everything beautiful and often copied what she could not own. An example is the Raphael Loggias. In the late 1780s, she commissioned a reproduction of the Gallery in the Papal Palace in Vatican City originally painted by Raphael in the 15th century. Architect Giacomo Quarenghi created this loggia. Then artists decorated it with bas-reliefs and paintings with Biblical stories. Notice at top is an angel banishing Adam and Eve from the Garden of Eden. The original was designed by Raphael for the Medici Pope, Leo X in 1517 for the Vatican Palace.

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Additional Photos by Malgorzata Kopczynska (emka) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 11575 W: 123 N: 29428] (138724)
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