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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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  • This is one of those places that has to be seen when visiting the city. The restored art work and memorabilia gives one a vivid idea of the splendor the nobility took as their right.  more »
  • This is one amazing building, the opulence of the interior rooms is jaw dropping. For us it was sensory overload. Our favourite was room 204, the pavilion room. With the most amazing clock statue of a...  more »
  • Just like the other palaces to visit they are all elegant to see, amazing how they lived back in the day. Average trip to get there, worth the visit, need a couple of days to see everything, may be th...  more »
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  • Absolutely loved this! Beautiful interior and exterior, really enjoyed looking at the grand staircase and the Romanov rooms. A bit of a maze and not very easy to navigate unless you have the app or audio guide. Could easily spend the entire day here.
  • It's a magnificent building. Definitely worth a visit. It has a huge collection of art from all over the world. Unfortunately many paintings are hung in front of uncovered windows, creating a bad viewing experience.
  • Without any doubts, one of the greatest art museums in the world. The building itself (by the architect Rastrelli) is a gem.
  • It is a so beautiful palace in Russia! Nobody must not miss this amazing palace!
  • Beautiful old style Russian architecture. A must see for all visiting St. Petersburg. It takes you back to the romantic times of the Czars.

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