The Winter Palace

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Lunch at the palac.

Last time I visited The Winter Palace the guide tould us that if we stoped infront of every exhibit in the Hermitage for one minute, we would need 8 years before we have seen them all.

I read in a new guide that today experts says you have to spend 11 years to see them all.  What`s right and what`s right I do not know, but I know that the Hermitage is well wourth seeing, I recomend you to take a guided tour.

From the 1760s the Winter Palace was the main residence of the Russian Tsars. Magnificently located on the bank of the Neva River, this Baroque-style palace is perhaps St. Petersburg’s most impressive attraction. Many visitors also know it as the main building of the Hermitage Museum. The green-and-white three-storey palace is a marvel of Baroque architecture and boasts 1,786 doors, 1,945 windows and 1,057 elegantly and lavishly decorated halls and rooms, many of which are open to the public.

The Nikolaevsky Palace

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.

festerwretch says:
Wow, so beautiful there, I have to visit soon!
Posted on: Aug 06, 2007
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The Nikolaevsky Palace

After visiting The Winter Palasc it was time for lunch.  Our guide presented  The Nikolaevsky Palace for us, and here she had arranged a Gala Lunch in one of the old dining room.  We had a lunch we never will forget, sitting under crystal chandelier, using porcelain from early 20th century.  The meny included five dishes and wine.

Nicholas Palace  was one of several St Petersburg palaces designed by Andreas Stackensneider (1802-65) for the children of Nicholas I of Russia.

Grand Duke Nikolai Nikolayevich Snr, the first owner of the Palace, was the tird son of the emperor Nikolas I and his wife Alexandra.

The palace of Grand Duke Nikolai Nikolaievich of Russia forms part of a sprawling complex incorporating a palatial church, a manege, and several outbuildings separated from Labour Square by a cast-iron fence.

The stairs to the second floor
In 1894 the edifice reverted to the crown and was transformed into the Xenia Alexandrovna Institute for Women. The Bolsheviks renamed it as Labour Palace (Dvoretz Trouda) and handed it over to the trade unions who destroyed some parts of original eclectic interiors in order to adapt the palace for their own headquarters. As of 2004, the trade unions lease a large part of the edifice to commercial enterprises as offices.

                                                                                                                          

Lunch at the palac.
Lunch at the palac.
The Nikolaevsky Palace
The Nikolaevsky Palace
The stairs to the second floor
The stairs to the second floor
Inside The Winter Palace.
Inside The Winter Palace.
Leonardo da Vinci`s The Litta Mado…
Leonardo da Vinci`s The Litta Mad…
The Arch of the General Staff buil…
The Arch of the General Staff bui…