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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  • August 18, 2017
    Visited this place because they were with relatives in St. Petersburg. Remained under the impression what scope, architecture, truly Russian greatness. Build previously could. I advise those who are not indifferent to luxury and magnificence of Russian palaces.
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  • August 16, 2017
    Always wear comfortable shoes! Take your time! Bring a good camera or cellphone. You will be awestruck!!  more »
  • August 13, 2017
    Stunning interiors with the favorites being the Malachite room (of course), the Golden room and the Boudoir of the empress. Really beautiful, be sure to visit! NB! Get your tickets online! As I have w...  more »

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