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Winter Palace of Peter I, St. Petersburg

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#14 of 132 in Historic Sites in 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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