Moscow Summer Interns Enjoy Both Days and “White Nights” During Excursion to St. Petersburg

Moscow Summer Internship Program participants stand along the famous Jordan staircase within St. Petersburg’s Winter Palace, one of the many sites they enjoyed on a trip to the city.

St. Petersburg is famous for its around-the-clock, summertime daylight hours, a phenomenon the AGBU Moscow Summer Internship Program (MSIP) students took full advantage of last week, as they spent a few days and “white nights” exploring the city’s national treasures.

From July 13 – 17, 2012, the MSIP interns and staff left the capital and headed north for the mid-summer trip that has become an annual program tradition. MSIP coordinator Lusiné Kerobyan and activities coordinator Lilit Abgaryan created an itinerary filled with activities both fun and educational, beginning with a high-speed boat trip to the Peterhof Summer Palace, part of a UNESCO World Heritage Site, and a late night boat outing on the Neva River.

Throughout their stay, the students toured world-renowned institutions, including the Russian Museum, which features over 400,000 exhibits, and The Hermitage, which houses a broad range of pieces – from pre-historic artifacts to Italian Renaissance paintings and post-Impressionist art.

St. Petersburg’s celebrated St. Isaac’s Cathedral and the Church of the Savior on Spilled Blood were also high on MSIP’s sightseeing list, and on their fourth day the group visited both. From the heights of the Cathedral’s signature colonnade, they enjoyed sweeping views of the city, before stopping to take in the countless mosaics that line the Church’s walls. The historic Peter and Paul Fortress was another destination, where the students admired the architectural wonder that has stood strong for over 300 years.

Many of the interns were also able to catch a show at the legendary Mariinsky and Mikhailovsky Theatres, mainstays of Russian culture. By the end of the trip, everyone had purchased a souvenir, making sure that their days and “white nights” in St. Petersburg are never forgotten.

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