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Kim Jong II has visited the Hermitage

on August, 6th the leader of the North Korea Kim Jong II (Kim Jong - il) has visited in Petersburg the State Hermitage.
as have informed in a press - Hermitage service, the high-ranking visitor accompanied by the director of a museum Michael Piotrovsky has risen on the Terebenevsky ladder in the Throne-room, then has visited the Stage hall where for him have got a unique mechanical clock the Peacock .

After that Kim Jong II has passed in halls of the Italian painting where has familiarised with works of the well-known masters of Renaissance of Titian, Botichelli, Leonardo da Vinci, Raphael and Michelangelo.

then accompanied by delegation the visitor has passed through Malachite and White halls. In the last the exhibition of French artist Pierre Sulazha settles down.

In excursion end, have noted in a press - service, Kim Jong II through the Terebenevsky ladder has returned to the Hermitage Throne-room. On an exit from a museum Kim Jong II has undersigned for the book of guests of honour.

as have noted in a press - service, excursion was conducted through the translator by the director of the Hermitage Michael Piotrovsky.

as has informed then to Interfax the main King of Arms of Russia George Vilinbahov who also accompanied the North Korean leader, Kim Jong II has expressed admiration of a museum exposition .

In particular he has noted high quality of restoration works which are conducted in the Hermitage, and a magnificent condition of a museum .

the North Korean leader, according to George Vilinbahova, has remembered the previous visit to Russia and Leningrad together with father Kim Ir Hay in 1959 when it also has visited the Hermitage.

George Vilinbahov has told that in the Hermitage, there is no exposition of the Korean painting, however on the third floor in a hall of the Far East there is a unique picture in a museum of Korean painter Kim of the Sou.