Winter Palace

Saint Petersburg, Russia

The Winter Palace was built between 1754 and 1762 for Empress Elizabeth, the daughter of Peter the Great. Unfortunately, Elizabeth died before the palace’s completion and only Catherine the Great and her successors were able to enjoy the sumptuous interiors of Elizabeth’s home. Many of the palace’s impressive interiors have been remodeled since then, particularly after 1837, when a huge fire destroyed most of the building. Today the Winter Palace, together with four more buildings arranged side by side along the river embankment, houses the extensive collections of the Hermitage. The Hermitage Museum is the largest art gallery in Russia and is among the largest and most respected art museums in the world.

The museum was founded in 1764 when Catherine the Great purchased a collection of 255 paintings from the German city of Berlin. Today, the Hermitage boasts over 2.7 million exhibits and displays a diverse range of art and artifacts from all over the world and from throughout history (from Ancient Egypt to the early 20th century Europe). The Hermitage’s collections include works by Leonardo da Vinci, Michelangelo, Raphael and Titian, a unique collection of Rembrandts and Rubens, many French Impressionist works by Renoir, Cezanne, Manet, Monet and Pissarro, numerous canvasses by Van Gogh, Matisse, Gaugin and several sculptures by Rodin. The collection is both enormous and diverse and is an essential stop for all those interested in art and history.



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Founded: 1754-1762
Category: Palaces, manors and town halls in Russia


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Preechavut Khumsab (11 months ago)
Both summer and winter palaces in Russia you shouldn't miss to visit. Because you'll know more Russian history both of the good and bad sides they used to fail and archive. That's what I've learned because history usually repeats itself as long as human habits have never been changed particularly in Geed and Fear.
Francesca cuozzo (3 years ago)
What a great museum! To see all of it you might need even 2 days, and probably you won’t still be able to see everything! Totally suggest it but be careful when buying the tickets because each entrance brings you to a part of the museum and you’ll be able to see only that part
Falgun Barot (3 years ago)
One word to describe this place - Beauty! From elegant monuments to artistic walls, it's one of the best museums that I've visited in my life. It's so vast that one would need at least 4 hours to completely visit each & every room. There are approx 350 rooms with audio guide & I would suggest to take that for 1000 rubels since it would help understand the art in your local language. Guides are available outside but I would suggest taking an audio guide since some of the guides were a bit costly. The entry ticket needs to be booked online for the museum & it costs 500 rubels. A must visit to this place.
John dCosta ( (3 years ago)
Make sure that you have tickets online in advance and I'd advise you to go there a half an hour earlier than the time on your ticket. It's very tough to go through the details of every arts as the ticket allows you to be inside for two hours which is definitely not enough to check out everything inside of the Palace. You can download the audio guidebook on you phone in advance if you are planning on not taking a guide. They offer guide in different languages inside the Palace. You cannot drink water or eat anything while you're inside. Overall, there's plenty of things to see inside the Palace.
ALPHA Nikky (3 years ago)
It's a must visit place in Saint Petersburg. The history inside this place is worth watching. The maintenance of this place plus the vast size of it is amazing. I very much liked the Egypt room too.. Different rooms.. The Italian art.. Modern art.. The canvas the sculpture and the PEACOCK CLOCK... That's amazing.. I hope I could have seen it working but nevertheless it's eye catching. And the coin collection is really amazing. 2 hours isn't enough.
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