|If you decide to visit the Northern capital, you should definitely see the magnificent palaces where Russian tsars lived. Here are TOP-4 Saint Petersburg Palaces that are worth visiting.
The Winter Palace
The Winter Palace is probably the most famous building in Saint Petersburg. Entering its halls is like travelling by the time machine back to the times of Russian emperors. You can imagine one of them, standing on the red velvet carpet of the magnificent State Gala Staircase. There are a lot of baroque decorations there – sculptures, big mirrors, marble, gilded wood carvings and paintings on the ceiling. Pompous balls were held in the Winter Palace. A spacious Great Throne Room was all lit by sparkling candles, and Emperor and Empress received the guests together with the Grand Dukes.
Hermitage museum was founded there in 1764, when Catherine the Great bought a collection of 255 paintings. Today there are over 2.7 million pieces of art and artifacts from all over the world. Here you will see the masterpieces of Leonardo da Vinci, Michelangelo, Raphael, Titian, a unique collection of Rembrandts and Rubens, French Impressionist works by Renoir, Cezanne, Manet, Monet and Pissarro, as well as numerous canvasses by Van Gogh, Matisse, Gaugin and several sculptures by Rodin.
The Mikhailovskiy Palace
This palace was built by order of Emperor Paul I for his son, Grand Duke Mikhail Pavlovich, by a famous architect Carlo Rossi, the Italian-Russian master of neoclassicism in 1925.
The Mikhailovskiy Palace has been housing the main collections of the State Russian Museum for over a century. It is a magnificent Empire-style palace with abundant gardens, situated on the banks of the Moika River. By the way, if you come to the Northern capital in summer, visit also Saint Petersburg parks, which also have a wonderful greenery.
The Marble Palace
The Marble Palace is considered to be one of the finest works of architect Antonio Rinaldi, who brought neoclassicism to Russia. It was built in 1785 for Count Grigory Orlov, the favorite of Empress Catherine the Great. Creation of the exterior and interior involved 32 different types of marble that was used for ornamentation.
In 1992, the palace was granted to the State Russian Museum and now houses a collection of modern art.
The Stroganov Palace
The Stroganov Palace is one of the oldest and most exquisite aristocratic residences in the Northern capital. It was built by Rastrelli in 1754, by order of Count Alexander Stroganov. The exteriors represent the late Baroque and have remained intact until today. As for the interiors, the Stroganov Palace now houses some collections of the State Russian Museum.
Have a splendid time in Saint Petersburg with your Russian date!