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Hermitage Museum in St. Petersburg, Russia
Hermitage Is One of the World's Great Museums and a Must-See in St. Petersburg
The Hermitage (officially the State Hermitage Museum) is one of the most famous museums in the world. Spread over several buildings lining the Neva River in St. Petersburg, this museum is way too large to see in just a few hours. Most cruisers visit with a tour group on a half-day excursion and can see many of the art pieces and gaze at the beautiful decor.The Hermitage was once the palace of Catherine the Great, who used it as a private place of retreat and solitude, or a Hermitage. Tours enter through the Winter Palace on the ground floor and walk up the magnificent Jordan Staircase to the first floor. The rooms on the first floor are breathtaking, with many of the rooms restored as they were during Imperial times. The second floor is not architecturally as dramatic as the first floor, but has many important French paintings. Be sure to glance through the windows on the second floor for a great view of... the Palace Square and the Alexander Column.
The Hermitage was once the winter residence of the Russian tsars. It was designed by Rastrelli.Continue to 2 of 32 below.
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Sign at the Entry of the Hermitage Museum in St. PetersburgContinue to 3 of 32 below.
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Main Staircase of the Winter Palace
The main staircase of the Winter Palace is also known as the Jordan Staircase since it was used by the royal family to go to the Neva River for christenings.Continue to 4 of 32 below.
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Jordan Staircase in the State Hermitage Museum in St. Petersburg, RussiaContinue to 5 of 32 below.
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Jordan Staircase at the State Hermitage Museum in St. Petersburg, RussiaContinue to 6 of 32 below.
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Ceiling of the Jordan Staircase at the HermitageContinue to 7 of 32 below.
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Marble Jordan Staircase in the Winter Palace Building of the HermitageContinue to 8 of 32 below.
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Imperial Carriage in the Hermitage in St. PetersburgContinue to 9 of 32 below.
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Armorial Hall in the Hermitage in St. Petersburg, RussiaContinue to 10 of 32 below.
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St. George Hall in the Hermitage Museum in St. PetersburgContinue to 11 of 32 below.
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Peacock Clock in the Pavilion Hall of the Hermitage Museum in St. Petersburg
The Peacock Clock is the only large 18th-century automaton in the world to still be functioning in its original unaltered condition.
The Peacock Clock of the Hermitage also includes the figures of a cockerel and owl. All three of the birds move. Catherine II loved collecting, and Grigory Potiomkin ordered the piece for her from celebrated goldsmith and clockmaker James Cox.Continue to 12 of 32 below.
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Carpeted Stairway in the Hermitage MuseumContinue to 13 of 32 below.
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Malachite Vase near the Council Staircase of the Hermitage MuseumContinue to 14 of 32 below.
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Carved Wooden Door at the Hermitage Museum in St. PetersburgContinue to 15 of 32 below.
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Doorways in the Hermitage MuseumContinue to 16 of 32 below.
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Hermitage Theater Foyer Connects the Large Hermitage to the TheaterContinue to 17 of 32 below.
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Drawing Room at the Hermitage MuseumContinue to 18 of 32 below.
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Hermitage Museum - One of the Hundreds of Interior RoomsContinue to 19 of 32 below.
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Paintings in the Hermitage MuseumContinue to 20 of 32 below.
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Chandeliers in the HermitageContinue to 21 of 32 below.
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Gallery in the HermitageContinue to 22 of 32 below.
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Elaborate Ceiling Paintings at the HermitageContinue to 23 of 32 below.
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Chandelier at the HermitageContinue to 24 of 32 below.
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Imperial Throne in the St. George Hall at the HermitageContinue to 25 of 32 below.
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Tile Floor of the Pavilion Hall at the Hermitage MuseumContinue to 26 of 32 below.
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Wall Tapestry in the Hermitage MuseumContinue to 27 of 32 below.
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Boy and Dolphin Statue at the Hermitage MuseumContinue to 28 of 32 below.
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The Crouching Boy Statue by Michelangelo in the Cabinet of Italian ArtContinue to 29 of 32 below.
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The Raphael Loggias at the Hermitage in St. Petersburg, Russia
The Raphael Loggias of the Hermitage are almost an exact replica of the loggias at the Vatican.Continue to 30 of 32 below.
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Close-up of the Frescoes on the Raphael Loggias at the Hermitage
One of the differences between the Hermitage Rapael loggias and those at the Vatican is the double headed eagle, the symbol of Russia, on this panel.Continue to 31 of 32 below.
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Lapis Lazuli Vase in the Italian Skylight Hall of the HermitageContinue to 32 of 32 below.
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Italian Skylight Hall of the Hermitage Museum