Winter Palace: the Main Russian Imperial Residence

Winter Palace: the Main Russian Imperial Residence

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.

Winter Palace: the Main Russian Imperial Residence

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

Winter Palace: the Main Russian Imperial Residence

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

Winter Palace: the Main Russian Imperial Residence

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

Winter Palace: the Main Russian Imperial Residence

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

Winter Palace: the Main Russian Imperial Residence

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

Winter Palace: the Main Russian Imperial Residence

Winter Palace: the Main Russian Imperial Residence

Winter Palace: the Main Russian Imperial Residence

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

Winter Palace: the Main Russian Imperial Residence

The arch over the Winter channel.

Winter Palace: the Main Russian Imperial Residence

Palace facades.

Winter Palace: the Main Russian Imperial Residence

Winter Palace: the Main Russian Imperial Residence

The main staircase is called the Jordanian one.

Winter Palace: the Main Russian Imperial Residence

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).

Winter Palace: the Main Russian Imperial Residence

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

Winter Palace: the Main Russian Imperial Residence

Winter Palace: the Main Russian Imperial Residence

Walking here, one should not forget to look up…

Winter Palace: the Main Russian Imperial Residence

There are many different ornamental patterns on the ceilings.

Winter Palace: the Main Russian Imperial Residence

Winter Palace: the Main Russian Imperial Residence

Winter Palace: the Main Russian Imperial Residence

Winter Palace: the Main Russian Imperial Residence

Winter Palace: the Main Russian Imperial Residence

In the White Hall.

Winter Palace: the Main Russian Imperial Residence

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.

Winter Palace: the Main Russian Imperial Residence

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.

Winter Palace: the Main Russian Imperial Residence

The Loggia is located not far from the main staircase.

Winter Palace: the Main Russian Imperial Residence

New Hermitage was built in 1842-52 according to the project of a German architect, Leo Klenze.

Winter Palace: the Main Russian Imperial Residence

Rooms in the Old Hermitage designed in the style of the XIX century.

Winter Palace: the Main Russian Imperial Residence

Furniture, carpets, pictures …

Winter Palace: the Main Russian Imperial Residence

Windows of the tsar’s epoch …

Winter Palace: the Main Russian Imperial Residence

Interiors are styled differently.

Winter Palace: the Main Russian Imperial Residence

Strict classics.

Winter Palace: the Main Russian Imperial Residence

Winter Palace: the Main Russian Imperial Residence

Winter Palace: the Main Russian Imperial Residence

Baroque splendor.

Winter Palace: the Main Russian Imperial Residence

Winter Palace: the Main Russian Imperial Residence

Winter Palace: the Main Russian Imperial Residence

Emperor’s style of Alexander I.

Winter Palace: the Main Russian Imperial Residence

Winter Palace: the Main Russian Imperial Residence

Gothic.

Winter Palace: the Main Russian Imperial Residence

Winter Palace: the Main Russian Imperial Residence

This beautiful library in a gothic style used to belong to Nicholas II.

Winter Palace: the Main Russian Imperial Residence

Winter Palace: the Main Russian Imperial Residence

Winter Palace: the Main Russian Imperial Residence

Rococo living room.

Winter Palace: the Main Russian Imperial Residence

Winter Palace: the Main Russian Imperial Residence

Winter Palace: the Main Russian Imperial Residence

Pearled tabletop.

Winter Palace: the Main Russian Imperial Residence

Winter Palace: the Main Russian Imperial Residence

It’s rather interesting to look closely at details.

Winter Palace: the Main Russian Imperial Residence

Some amazing things could be noticed…

Winter Palace: the Main Russian Imperial Residence

Typical Russian interior.

Winter Palace: the Main Russian Imperial Residence

Eastern boudoir.

Winter Palace: the Main Russian Imperial Residence

Armorial Hall is getting ready for another exhibition.

Winter Palace: the Main Russian Imperial Residence

The Big Throne Room and the main throne of the Russian Empire.

Winter Palace: the Main Russian Imperial Residence

Crimson boudoir of Empress Maria Alexandrovna, spouse of Alexander II. It was created in 1853 in the style of the “second” baroque.

Winter Palace: the Main Russian Imperial Residence

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.

Winter Palace: the Main Russian Imperial Residence

The decorations are really impressive however knowing the family drama that happened here many years ago brings on a gloomy mood.

Winter Palace: the Main Russian Imperial Residence

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!

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11 thoughts on “Winter Palace: the Main Russian Imperial Residence”

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

  2. 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!

    • 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…

  3. 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.

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