There is just an overwhelming number of rooms and artifacts to see in the Hermitage Museum in St Petersburg, Russia. The Corridor of Raphael Liggias, with its arches, is a very impressive sight to see. This corridor is a near exact copy of the Gallery in the Papal Palace in Vatican City and was commissioned by Empress Catherine II in the 1780’s. The vaults of the corridor are decorated with scenes from the Bible , the walls are covered with paintings decorations known as “grotesques.” Now I had to ask myself, “What are grotesques?” Thank you Google, grotesques are described as “strange and unpleasant, especially in a silly or slightly frightening way.” This is a very cool corridor. Oh yea, I don’t want to forget the beautiful wooden parquet floor.