Winter Palace of Peter I, St. Petersburg

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. To visit Winter Palace of Peter I and other attractions in St. Petersburg, use our St. Petersburg planner .
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  • Well worth a visit. But you need to plan, what you want out of your visit. We were limited on time. But saw a lot, because we didnt dwell, in any one room for too long. It is visually impressive with ...  more »
  • It was not the first time and each time the emotions do not stop, feel the Duchess in a carriage in the air hovering smell history even now. Envy residents of Peter, they can inhale the air of history every day
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  • The image is not of the original Peter 1 palace but of the main winter Palace (a slightly later building). The Peter 1st exhibition and rooms are located in a building about 300 meters to the east and...  more »
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  • Small and quiet member of the Hermitage campus. Entrance is via the Embankment. There are some examples of rooms of Peter 1 with a number of his possessions. There is also a life size wax figure that was created in the days following Peter's death. There is a video at the entrance, however it seemed to only be in Russian. There are cards available at the entrance in various languages for use in the museum.
  • Not bad. Once you go inside so you can see the little so all in all you will go there no more than 20 minutes. Students for free. I would recommend better go to the Faberge Museum.
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  • As already mentioned, it is not worth to go separately, but as a supplement to the basic ticket, then Yes. Exposure themselves are simple but if you guide, and they are very enthusiastic about their work, it becomes very interesting
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  • Very interesting, though not a large Museum
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  • For some money to go around, and the integrated ticket in the appendage is acceptable for 20 min.
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