The Hermitage (Hermitage), the leading art museum in St. Petersburg and one of the most famous and largest in the world, founded by Catherine II. Ermitage funds outlined in the Winter Palace and other magnificent buildings that until the revolution were owned by the imperial court. The Winter Palace was built according to the project of famous Italian architect Rastrelli and amazes for its luxury and grandeur.
In total, the Hermitage exhibit nearly 3 million works of art (paintings, sculptures, graphic works, archaeological finds, coins, medals, objects of applied art). The museum materials are distributed in 400 rooms. It is one of the most impressive collections of art in the world. It is impossible to calculate the value of objects that can be admired in the Hermitage, from Europe, from the East, from ancient Greece, Rome, Egypt, ancient Russia, as is also to describe its beauty. Time seems to stand between the huge vases of jasper, malachite and lapis lazuli, among the sarcophagi and works by El Greco, Murillo, Leonardo, Raphael, Rembrandt and Gauguin.
Two additional special collections known as the Galleries Treasures (Gold and Diamond) Hermitage focus on the piles of gold and silver Scythians and Greeks in the area of Caucasus, Crimea, Ukraine, East and sumptuous jewels in his time belonged to the Russian tsars. A reservation to visit them (do not enter the traditional guided tour) that demand is needed. Please order it separately.
The duration of a sightseeing tour of the museum – about 4 hours. It includes gala halls of the Winter Palace, the Small Hermitage, the rooms of the collections of Italian, Spanish, Dutch, Flemish, French painting of the Old and New Hermitage, the halls of the impressionists and post-impressionists, the private quarters of the czars. The Hermitage is open from 10:30 to 18:00. Closed Mondays. The price of the tour enters permission to take pictures (where there are pictures – no flash). In the interim and in the galleries of the exhibition Treasures photos are prohibited. In the museum two cafeterias and shops of souvenirs and books work.