The State Hermitage      The Winter Palace is one of the most splendid buildings in St. Petersburg. Almost all the Romanovs starting from Catherine the Great resided there. The palace had hundreds of rooms; many of them were State Halls the interiors of which are preserved till the present days and open to visitors.

The State Hermitage The Winter Palace is one of the most splendid buildings in St. Petersburg. Almost all the Romanovs starting from Catherine the Great resided there. The palace had hundreds of rooms; many of them were State Halls the interiors of which are preserved till the present days and open to visitors.

Grand Staircase Entrance to the former Winter Palace (Hermitage Museum in St. Petersburg)

Grand Staircase Entrance to the former Winter Palace (Hermitage Museum in St. Petersburg)

Follow in the footsteps of the War and Peace cast and visit St Petersburg for   stops at the BBC One drama's opulent film locations, including the Catherine   Palace, Yusupov Palace and the State Hermitage Museum

Follow in the footsteps of the War and Peace cast and visit St Petersburg for stops at the BBC One drama's opulent film locations, including the Catherine Palace, Yusupov Palace and the State Hermitage Museum

Grand Kremlin Palace, Moscow, Russia, breathtaking as all of them are in Russia!  The Grand Kremlin Palace was built on orders from Tsar Nicholas I in the mid-19th Century.  The architects outdid themselves!

Grand Kremlin Palace, Moscow, Russia, breathtaking as all of them are in Russia! The Grand Kremlin Palace was built on orders from Tsar Nicholas I in the mid-19th Century. The architects outdid themselves!

The State Hermitage Museum is located at the Winter Palace in Saint Petersburg, Russia.

The State Hermitage Museum is located at the Winter Palace in Saint Petersburg, Russia.

The CATHERINE PALACE St Petersburg Russia ~ Although the palace is popularly associated with Catherine II ("The Great"), she actually regarded its "whipped cream" architecture as old-fashioned. It was originally built in 1717 for Catherine I, the 2nd wife of Peter The Great, as her summer palace.

The CATHERINE PALACE St Petersburg Russia ~ Although the palace is popularly associated with Catherine II ("The Great"), she actually regarded its "whipped cream" architecture as old-fashioned. It was originally built in 1717 for Catherine I, the 2nd wife of Peter The Great, as her summer palace.

Built for Empress Elizabeth by Bartolomeo Rastrelli, the architect of St. Petersburg's Winter Palace, the Catherine Palace is Tsarskoe Selo's top attraction, particularly renowned for the extraordinary Amber Room.

Built for Empress Elizabeth by Bartolomeo Rastrelli, the architect of St. Petersburg's Winter Palace, the Catherine Palace is Tsarskoe Selo's top attraction, particularly renowned for the extraordinary Amber Room.

The Hermitage - Russian Czars Winter  Palace in  St Petersburg .The great art collection of Catherine II is housed here.

The Hermitage - Russian Czars Winter Palace in St Petersburg .The great art collection of Catherine II is housed here.

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