Founded in 1764 by Catherine the Great, who wanted a place to store her art collection, the Hermitage, opened in 1852 by Tsar Nicolas 1, now holds over three million works in several buildings.
The main building is the Winter Palace, the residence of the imperial family until the Revolution. Built in Baroque style between 1754 and 1762, this three-storey mansion has a green and white façade, almost 2,000 windows, 1,746 doors and 1,500 richly decorated rooms. It is impossible to see all the collections, so make your choices based on your interests: goldsmithing, antiques, paintings, weapons, coins, or the archaeological wonders of the Urals and Siberia. All epochs are represented: there are many paintings by Rembrandt and Rubens, but also by Watteau, Fragonard, Renoir, Monet, and countless others.
Among the masterpieces, The Dance by Matisse, Montagne Sainte-Victoire seen from Bellevue by Cézanne, and Man with Arms Crossed by Picasso.
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Saint Petersburg 190000
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