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.
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.
In the White Hall.
It was designed by A.P. Bryullov for the wedding of the future emperor, Alexander II in 1841 in the place of three living rooms.
The loggia of Raphael was made in the 1780s by the architect, Giacomo Quarenghi, at the order of empress Catherine II. They imitate the gallery of the Vatican Palace painted according to the sketches of Raphael.
The Loggia is located not far from the main staircase.
New Hermitage was built in 1842-52 according to the project of a German architect, Leo Klenze.
Rooms in the Old Hermitage designed in the style of the XIX century.
Furniture, carpets, pictures …
Windows of the tsar’s epoch …
Interiors are styled differently.
Emperor’s style of Alexander I.
This beautiful library in a gothic style used to belong to Nicholas II.
Rococo living room.
It’s rather interesting to look closely at details.
Some amazing things could be noticed…
Typical Russian interior.
Armorial Hall is getting ready for another exhibition.
The Big Throne Room and the main throne of the Russian Empire.
Crimson boudoir of Empress Maria Alexandrovna, spouse of Alexander II. It was created in 1853 in the style of the “second” baroque.
Right over the boudoir was a room for maids of honour – the empress could hear sounds of footsteps of children born by Catherine Dolgorukaya – a long-period mistress of Alexander II.
The decorations are really impressive however knowing the family drama that happened here many years ago brings on a gloomy mood.
Hanging Garden of the Small Hermitage. By the way, the workers of the museum used it as a vegetable garden that helped many people to survive in the time of the Siege of Leningrad.
Thanks to deletant for the interesting excursion to the Winter Palace of Petersburg!