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What I Couldn’t Take My Eyes Off Of at the State Hermitage Museum


“The collection of the State Hermitage includes more than three million works of art and artefacts of the world culture.”

These are the opening words on the State Hermitage Museum website, which means you can see room after room of over-the-top grandeur. Gold-lined molding glistening in the light from several chandeliers.

And artwork. Lots and lots of artwork.


A visit to the Hermitage in St. Petersburg, Russia will take up most of your day — if you have the patience — and you just might spend a bit of time enjoying the large marble staircases and high ceilings.


But me…


I guess I’m a simple girl.

There was something that I couldn’t take my eyes off of during my visit to the State Hermitage, and it wasn’t the ceilings or the art on the walls.


I fell in love with the floors!












Can you blame me?

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7 Responses to What I Couldn’t Take My Eyes Off Of at the State Hermitage Museum

  1. Tash October 4, 2012 at 8:20 am #

    So amazing – the idea that when you walk through you don’t know whether the art on the walls or the walls themselves are what you are marvelling at the most!
    Great photos… were brave snapping away in there! Ha!

    • Brooke October 4, 2012 at 8:35 am #

      We bought the photo pass, too, I believe 🙂 But yes, I was looking up, down, and all around while there!

  2. Lisa Wood October 4, 2012 at 8:43 am #

    Yeah those floors are incredible – can see why you feel in love with them! Funny what takes our eyes 😉

  3. Sasha October 4, 2012 at 8:50 am #

    I love the blue walls and ceilings. So pretty. I just came back from Voronezh, Russia and a brief stop in Moscow. It was my first time back since leaving 15 years ago. Didn’t make it to Piter on this trip, but it’s more incentive to go back again, and hopefully much sooner this time!

  4. Marc October 5, 2012 at 12:50 am #

    Those are beautiful floors! I find most of those old state buildings are really beautiful. While very different, I remember being in love with some of the ceilings when I visited the Parliament Buildings in Ottawa, Canada.

    I just find old architecture in general really beautiful. The detail put into them is incredible.

  5. Audrey October 5, 2012 at 9:30 pm #

    The second shot with the pale blue ceilings is my favourite! I’ve visited a few museums where I just stared at the ceilings instead of the art work on the walls. 😉


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