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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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  • We spent the afternoon in this palace and its beautiful grounds, certainly something to see and so opulent and beautiful  more »
  • This is one to not miss. What opulence! We were with a guide and I am glad we were. We seen the main points of interest. But we got there before the major lines began to form. This place receives a lo...  more »
  • The fabulous palace is founded by Catherine the Great. The Jordan Staircase at entrance is stunning and breathtaking. Enormous collections of Catherine the Great especially her portraits.  more »
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  • The most beautiful museum I have ever seen. Another great thing is that there is no distance from the viewer to the pieces of art. You can not touch it but you can get very close to seeing the details, including the pieces of Da Vinci and Michelangelo.
  • So huge! There are so many rooms it's impossible to see the whole museum in one (or ten!) Day! And every time you think it can't get grander than this, the next room leaves you even more mesmerised! Definitely looking forward to visiting again!
  • Even without the paintings, the sculptures and other art, one can wander around the building for ages and enjoy the rich decorations in each room
  • The Palace has beautiful rooms, each different and with a theme. Interesting artifacts and paintings.
  • The palace is soo marvelous nd Big..it is a must go..but there are very less seating arrangements inside that u can't sit when u r tired..also it is free on Thursdays.Else It was just incredible....

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