Russia 1981 (27)
More photos from around Leningrad...
Saturday, 8th August 1981
Up at 7:30am. With not eating very much yesterday, not enough sleep and an upset stomach I feel very tired today. Andy has given me some tablets to help settle my stomach.
This is our last full day in Russia but we could have done with another month here. It's a great country. Probably wouldn't like to live here but it's a fantastic country to visit. This morning's tour is of the Peter and Paul Fortress and St. Isaac's Cathedral.
Hydrofoil on Neva River
We went to Vasilevsky Island and had our first glimpse of the spires of Peter and Paul Fortress and the dome of St. Isaac's Cathedral
When the island was a port, up until the 19th century, the Rostral Columns acted as beacons to bring the ships safely to port.
The building behind this column was the stock exchange but is now the naval museum
On 25 October 1917, Aurora refused to carry out an order to put to sea, which sparked the October Revolution. At 9.45 p.m. on that date, a blank shot from her forecastle gun signaled the start of the assault on the Winter Palace, which was to be the last episode of the October Revolution.
General Staff and Foreign Ministry Building
The building is 2,000ft long and the four-storey arch symbolizes the glory of the russian army in the Patriotic War of 1812
The Winter Palace
Built in the 1700's it was the home of the last six Tsars. It is unusual for Leningrad in that it is green, most other buildings are yellow.
The Hermitage is housed here.
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