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Saint Petersburg Hermitage (Winter Palace) and Palace Square

 Saint Petersburg Hermitage (Winter Palace) and Palace Square

Hermitage or a Winter Palace is a former heart of the Russian Empire. It is situated on the South bank of the Neva River right across the Fortress of Saint Peter and Paul.

 

Dvortsovaya Naberezhnaya 38

Tel. 311- 3420, 110- 9625, 571- 3420

Open: 10:30am- 6pm Tue- Sat, 10:30am- 5pm Sun (last admission 1 hour before closing)
Closed: Mon
Metro: Nevsky prospekt or Gostiny Dvor

www.hermitagemuseum.org

 

 

 

 

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Description of Winter Palace

Saint Petersburg Hermitage (Winter Palace) and Palace Square  Saint Petersburg Hermitage (Winter Palace) and Palace Square

Winter Palace was constructed here in 1708 by tsar Peter the Great. It was a simple wooden house made in a Dutch style. Just three years later it was replaced by a more permanent stone building. The magnificent palace that you see today was commissioned by Empress Anna Ioannovna in 1731. Its chief architect was Francesco Bartolomeo Rastrelli. It took only four years to complete and it was finished in 1735, but in 1752 famous master of Baroque architect was asked to expand the palace by Empress Elizabeth or Elizaveta Petrovna. New reconstruction lasted for two years and was completed in 1754. At a height of 22 meters it is the tallest building in the historic centre of Saint Petersburg. After great fire of 1837 most of interior were remodelled under supervision of Vasily Stasov. During World War I Imperial Palace was stripped off its furniture and instead turned into a hospital for the wounded soldiers. After last Russian Emperor Nicholas II abdicated in 1917, Winter Palace was turned an official seat of the Provisional Government under Alexander Kerensky. He didn't last too long and just 9 months later Bolsheviks staged a coup against the government and overthrew democratic government, thus establishing their tyranny for several decades. Today it is turned into art museum known World wide as a Hermitage.

 

 

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