11 Winter Palace: the Main Russian Imperial Residence

Winter Palace: the Main Russian Imperial Residence

Posted on December 4, 2014 by team

Hermitage is not only the greatest Russian museum of art, but is also an imperial residence built many years ago. Today, thanks to Andrey (blogger deletant), we have a chance to enjoy the interiors of the palace, including those used once by the tsar’s family.

First of all, the palace represents a baroque masterpiece whose author is the great Rastrelli himself.

In front of the palace is the famous Dvortsovaya (Palace) Square.

On the other side of the square is General Headquarters, with a famous sculpture on the arch.

This one has been the main flagstaff of the country for a long time.

The roof of the palace is beautified by numerous sculptures and vases.

The museum consists of the Winter Palace itself and several more buildings.

The arch over the Winter channel.

Palace facades.

The main staircase is called the Jordanian one.

It was named this after the Epiphany holiday when the sacred procession came down its steps to the Neva river for plunging into an ice hole (called “Jordan” in Russian).

Initially built by Rastrelli, the staircase burnt down in 1837 and was later restored by the architect Stasov.

Walking here, one should not forget to look up…

There are many different ornamental patterns on the ceilings.


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11 Responses to “Winter Palace: the Main Russian Imperial Residence”

  1. Alain says:

    The Hermitage Museum was, for me, the most beautiful museum in the world ! Shame Russia does not open more widely its doors to tourists…

    • Andrew says:

      Free admission:
      The first Thursday of every month

      In honour of the 250th anniversary:
      10th December is free admission day

  2. Alain says:

    No pics of the Malachite room ?

  3. Vijay says:

    Very nice indeed. Thanks for sharing. Felt like I had a brief trip there.

  4. john says:


  5. Steamed McQueen says:

    Amazing place, been there many times. So incredibly over-the-top, all of this for ONE family- no wonder there was a revolution!

    Somewhere I’ve read there are so many items in the Hermitage that if a person started at the beginning and looked at everything for one minute, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week it would still take 5 YEARS to see everything.

    Also not mentioned: The babushkas that guard each room whose only job is to make sure no one touches anything!

    • Alain says:

      Almost true : the problem is, most things are kept in warehouses and only a small part is displayed. So it takes much less than that to actually see everything displayed…

  6. Jewels Vern says:

    Wow, that is beautiful!

    I am surprised to see people wearing casual clothes. All the other pictures I see here show people wearing winter clothing.

  7. Erik says:

    What a treat ! Russian wood working is just
    so fine . I would love to see it with my own eyes .
    Thank you

  8. Tobbe says:

    It is a beautiful museum and we tend to get lost in it.

  9. Froggy says:

    St Petersburg & the Hermitage, two of the most magical places in Europe. Thanks VM for those pics bringing great memmories.

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