Wednesday, August 8, 2012

Russian Federation III

Postcard showing the Winter Palace in Saint Petersburg, home of the overwhelmingly large Hermitage Museum – one of the largest and oldest art galleries in the world, founded in 1764 by Catherine the Great and open to the public since 1852. Its collections, of which only a small part is on permanent display, comprise nearly 3 million items, including the largest collection of paintings in the world.

If that wasn't impressive enough, the red granite Alexander Column is the tallest of its kind in the world, measuring is 14 stories high and, although it weighs some 600 tonnes, is set so well that no attachment to the base is needed.

Part of the Historic Centre of Saint Petersburg and Related Groups of Monuments World Heritage site.

Self-adhesive stamp from a set of twelve on famous kremlins. Featured here is the Ryazan Kremlin, located near Moscow, which dates back to the twelfth century. 

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