St. Petersburg, Russia (2 of 2)

After two days of touring palaces, my impression is that while they are beautiful, I find they lack the vastness, compared to say the Forbidden City, which inspires awe. The palaces are gilded with paper-thin sheets of gold, but would pale in comparison to the grandeur of the New Jerusalem, where gold was only pavement in the street of the city:

Rev 21:18-21 The wall was made of jasper, and the city of pure gold, as pure as glass. The foundations of the city walls were decorated with every kind of precious stone. The first foundation was jasper, the second sapphire, the third agate, the fourth emerald, the fifth onyx, the sixth ruby, the seventh chrysolite, the eighth beryl, the ninth topaz, the tenth turquoise, the eleventh jacinth, and the twelfth amethyst. The twelve gates were twelve pearls, each gate made of a single pearl. The great street of the city was of gold, as pure as transparent glass.

No wonder Abraham looked forward to the city with foundations, whose architect and builder is God (Heb 11:10). What about you? What do you look forward to?

Catherine Palace, summer residence of czars.

Catherine Palace, summer residence of czars.

The ballroom, where the stucco facade is gilded with gold.

The ballroom, where the stucco facade is gilded with gold.

"Tang Dynasty" Palace :-)

“Tang Dynasty” Palace 🙂

Lunch at a restaurant converted from a former royalty residence.

Lunch at a restaurant converted from a former royalty residence.

Hermitage Museum on left, including former Winter Palace. One of the world's largest art museums with 3 million pieces of collection.

Hermitage Museum on left, including former Winter Palace. One of the world’s largest art museums with 3 million pieces of collection.

Hermitage's entrance stairway to exhibits on second floor.

Hermitage’s entrance stairway to exhibits on second floor.

Ready to take over the throne!

Ready to take over the throne!

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