The Winter Palace
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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 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.
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.