2012 Various shots around St. Petersburg

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St Petersburg is unique in the world, due to the collections of so many special, historic buildings with a vast number of  paintings, sculptures and other objects d'art.

The 1917 revolution that changed the world started here.  The 900-day siege of St Petersburg (then known as Leningrad) was one of the greatest battles of the Second World War, and drained the German power, setting it up for ultimate defeat. 

To us, the extent of restoration after the war damage and the 70 or so years of neglect that followed the demise of the Tsars was quite amazing.

This rather bizarrely coloured Arc de Triomphe celebrates the defeat of Napoleon, after his disastrous campaign to take Moscow.

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The metro in St Petersburg, built over the last 50 years or so, follows in the tradition of exotic architecture.
These photos show one of the stations on the red line.
The others are equally lavish, but each one is different.
A couple of shots of Milvina's hard working crew.
Palace Square and the military academy on the left.
The former commercial port on the right.
Brides in Russia like to have their photographs take in famous locations immediately following their weddings.
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