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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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  • Visit mandatory, this connected with the Hemitage, is a museum very broad and varied, sees with time to make it go full. Is very organized, orderly and clean.
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  • The Winter Palace of Peter I, like a lot of this sound. And what a luxury in architecture. You need to see to understand how much it means to this beauty.
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  • יפה ומעניין, גם בפנים וגם בחוץ, יש גם פארק יפה בקרבת מקום. אנו כקבוצה, היינו צריכים לתאם את שעת בואנו ומקפידים מאד על הגעה בזמן ומשך הסיור.