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Winter Palace of Peter I, St. Petersburg

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Admire the chandeliers, mosaic floors, painted ceilings, and wall murals inside Winter Palace of Peter I, the green-and-white palace that was once the official residence of Russian monarchs. Designed by multiple architects, including Bartolomeo Rastrelli, this massive palace, with 1,500 rooms, 117 staircases, 1,786 doors, and 1,945 windows, was completed in 1720 with the intention of showing the world the sheer power of Imperial Russia. The majority of the palace was thought to have been destroyed after Catherine the Great commanded the building of a theater on the site. It was later discovered that Quarenghi, the architect who built the theater, preserved much of the palace's original structure, particularly under the stage of the theater. The palace was marched on by demonstrators during the Bloody Sunday massacre, and stormed by a group of Red Army soldiers in 1917. Today it is part of a museum featuring imperial carriages with wood carvings and velvet upholstery, Peter I's personal set of medical instruments, and a mixture of historical costumes and antiques. Purchase your tickets and book a tour ahead of time to avoid the long lines at this popular attraction. Be sure to wear comfortable walking shoes, given the extensive grounds of the palace. Use our St. Petersburg trip itinerary builder to add Winter Palace of Peter I and other attractions to your St. Petersburg vacation plans.
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  • Best with a guide, otherwise runs and it bogged down. Whether in 2, 4 or more hours - you can not see everything and remember.
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  • Oppulance that is difficult to imagine. Winter got us a snow covered landscape to walk the equally stunning gardens and slip and slide on the frozen Baltic Summer gives you chance to see the gardens a...  more »
  • As described in my Hermitage review - this palace is extraordinarily spectacular with various styles on display. It surpassed our expectations, for sure.  more »

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