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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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  • A beautiful Palace to visit, but beware of winter months when they have their heating up to 85 degrees F, between the hoards of tourists and the extreme heat, it lacks oxygen and people were getting s...  more »
  • gorgeous building filled with fine art and artworks. somethig of interest for everyone. you could spend hours here enjoying the ambience and the rich decore . everyroom is a masterpeice .good value fo...  more »
  • Glittering opulence on all levels. Wooden inlaid floors and gilded artworks. This is what you can expect when walking the rooms of the palace. This palace is filled with paintings, sculptures and huge...  more »