Midnight in the White Nights of Sint Petersburg

In the middle of summer they have the White Nights in Sint Petersburg. It never really gets dark. Here are a few photos taken from the water between 11 and 12 at that time.

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Csar Peter lived in Amsterdam for a time and was so inpired by the city that he built Sint Petersburg on the same plan. You can now take a canal cruise around midnight to see the place in the (semi) dark.

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See how warm it is in summer here?

On an island in the Neva river is the St Peter and Paul cathedral and fort.

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The flag is on the fort in front of the cathedral. Terrible story, Csar Peter (yes Peter the terrible) had his own son tortured to death in the fort. I don’t think it gets a lot more terrible than that. He suspected him (wrongly) of treason.

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The rostral columns with the old stock exchange building behind them. A revival of Greek architecture. The columns were initially light houses for navigation on the river, – which they front. Pity they don’t light the torches on top, it really looks good.

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The Aurora, an old Russian cruiser. They started building her in 1897 and she still served in the Pacific during the second World War. And here she still lies, today as a monument, as old ladies sometimes do.

Do you know the word cruiser comes from the crusades? Next time you plan a cruise, spare a thought for the old knights of that time.

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I haven’t a clue what this building is, looks like the Scottish flag there.

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And finally the Palace Bridge. The crescendo of the midnight cruise is that the bridge opens. Here we are, hoping to heaven midnight would strike so we can get off the freezing water.

A bit funny really as I was there with a friend from Amsterdam. In the Netherlands of course many many bridges open, all the time, without any tourists attending the momentus occasion.

But this is Russia and its a big hoopla and it works in fact. There we are on the boat waiting for midnight to strike so that the bridge can open..

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