Hermitage, Saint Petersburg

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    Hermitage Museum-EVEN MORE!

    by mallyak Written Dec 4, 2010

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    After the Revolution of 1917, the museum was opened to the public, and its collection was further augmented by the addition of modern works taken from private collections. Today, the Hermitage has embarked on a major renovation effort. Its collection is in the process of being reorganized, and many of its works have for the first time become available for travelling exhibits outside of the country.

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    Winter Palace – home to the Hermitage Museum

    by sue_stone Updated Jan 9, 2007

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    The Hermitage Museum one of the most prominent art museums in the world and the main tourist attraction in St Petersburg.

    Its main works are housed in one of the most spectacular buildings in the city - the Winter Place that sits in all its splendour on the Palace Square.

    Further exhibitions are housed in surrounding buildings, along the river - the Small Hermitage, the Old Hermitage and the New Hermitage.

    The number of works on display is so great that I read if you spent 1 minute looking at each exhibit, it would take 11 years!! Guess forward planning is the key.

    Not being huge fans of museums or art, we did not go into the Hermitage...much to the disgust of many of our art loving friends!!

    But to me the outside of the building is attraction enough. This huge, beautifully maintained green, cream and gold structure made the perfect subject for numerous photos. It was built to be admired.

    Opening Time: Daily except Mondays from 10.30am to 6pm

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    The Hermitage Museum coming first !

    by greekcypriot Updated Nov 5, 2010

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    Come follow me at the Hermitage!

    The famous Hermitage Museum....You need days to see it all.
    I spent three and a half hours, and I will visit it again when I return to St. Petersburg.
    It is Huge!
    Locals pay less everywhere and in other museums I had managed to pay less since I was with a Russian friend who arranged to get the tickets as a local. We tried it at the Hermitage, but alas!
    I was asked to show my passport, my friend told the lady that I had forgotten it at home, and the answer was " It is 400 rubles then "
    But of course it is worth it!
    (If you wish to have details and see photos from the Hermitage ...go here)
    http://www.travelpod.com/travel-blog-entries/greekcypriot/12/1288556507/tpod.html

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    The Hermitage ~ Winter Palace

    by starship Updated Nov 4, 2013

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    The Hermitage Museum is one of the most prestigious art museums in the world. It occupies the Winter Palace & 4 more buildings. So grand and stately is the edifice of the Winter Palace that it can only be seen in its entirety from the opposite banks of the Neva River or the Spit of Vasilyevsky Island. The fourth palace of this name, the eminent architect Rastrelli designed the main building in the Baroque style, the last of its kind. The Winter Palace was built for Elizabeth Petrovna, a daughter of Peter the Great; however she died before its completion. It subsequently became the seat of the Imperial Dynasty and a focal point of St. Petersburg. In 1922, the Winter Palace was handed over to The Hermitage Museum.

    The original green and white, gold trimmed Winter Palace houses priceless works of art thought to number 2.7 million individual items!! So large and impressive is the collection of the Hermitage, it is said that if a visitor stood before each work of art for one minute, it would take the visitor 7 years or more to see the collection in its entirety!!! Even though we spent only a few hours visiting here, we were able to see some wonderful works of art.

    The Hermitage takes its name from 'hermitage' or the several rooms that Catherine the Great set aside in the palace as a place of retreat. That it became became known as a museum in its own right took place about the year 1764.

    There is a charge of US $4 (2005 price) for using a camera, and you must display the appropriate sticker. To use a video cam is at least twice that rate. No flash photography of paintings allowed. I believe the rule also held for non-flash cameras & video cams. Here as in the Yusupov Palace, women attendants in each room watch for rule-breakers and will confront you.

    Do not wear anything heavier than a long sleeved shirt inside during the summer as it can become rather stiffeling in The Hermitage. Bathrooms are few & far between but there are several gift shops!

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    Hermitage Museum-MORE!

    by mallyak Written Dec 4, 2010

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    As the Hermitage is so enormous, its collection so strong and diverse, and its interior so attractive in its own right, many visitors find that the very best way to tour the museum is to make several briefer visits rather than one frenetic and exhausting marathon tour

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  • The Winter Palace/Hermitage

    by peach93 Updated Mar 7, 2006

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    The Winter Palace/Hermitage actually consists of 5 different buildings connected by walkways. It was built by Peter the Great for his daughter Elizabeth, but she did not live long enough to see the palace finished. Her son, Peter III, was the first Russian Czar to live in the Palace. Today, the Hermitage houses the vast art collection of Catherine the Great. It is one of the finest collections of art in Europe, with works from every concievable master from every time period represented. The museum also houses many items once belonging to the royal family including Alexander the Great's coffin and other, more personal items. All in all, the museum houses over 2.7 million works of art.

    The Winter Palace is the largest building that I have ever seen. It's green and white, gold-trimmed walls encompass perhaps 10 city blocks, maybe even more. It is incredible. Sadly, the building is not in very good condition. Much of the palace is in need of repair or renovation.

    You will have to pay an additional fee ($5 US, cash only) in addition to the entrace fee if you would like to take pictures inside the Palace. I also recommend that you be wary of the many people that congregate outside the palace doors trying to sell things or begging for money. There is a good chance that you will get your pockets picked if you are not careful!

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    Madonna with a flower

    by filipdebont Updated Jun 13, 2004

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    Madonna with a flower

    One of the masterpieces of Leonardo Da Vinci which can be seen in the Leonardo Room (hall nr 214) is the Madonna with a flower also named Madone Benois.

    Entered in 1914 from M. Benois, St Petersburg.

    Leonardo Da Vinci born in 1452 near Vinci, died in 1519 in Cloux, near Amboise, France.
    Part of the Florentine School.

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    Madonna with Child

    by filipdebont Written Jun 13, 2004

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    Madonna with Child

    Another masterpiece of Leonardo Da Vinci which can be seen in the Leonardo Room (hall nr 214) is the Madonna with Child (Madone Litta).

    It was made during Leonardos Milan Period.

    Leonardo Da Vinci born in 1452 near Vinci, died in 1519 in Cloux, near Amboise, France.
    Part of the Florentine School.

    It is just great that you can see all these materpieces in one museum.

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    The Raphael Loggias

    by filipdebont Written Jun 13, 2004

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    The Raphael Loggias

    When you are visiting the Hermitage Museum, this is a hall you should see. It just looks great,

    It is the Raphael Loggias (hall nr 226, 227).

    In fact it is a kind of gangway or even better a gallery.
    It is a copy of Raphael's famous Loggias, which can be seen in the Vatican Palace, which were painted by Raphael and his pupil painters.

    The gallery ceiling is decorated with Biblical decorations.

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    Winter Palace

    by filipdebont Written Jun 8, 2004

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    Winter Palace

    When you arrive at the Palace Square, and you towards the green and white painted Winter Palace, you really get a - WOW - feeling.

    This is so beautiful.

    This Winter Palace dated from 1762 and is a typical example of Russian Baroque.

    Bartolomeo Rastrelli designed it for Tsarina Elisabeth as a winter residence.

    Now it is part of the world famous Hermitage Museum.

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    Queing to get in

    by filipdebont Written Jun 9, 2004

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    long ques to get in

    The Hermitage museum is the most visited highlight in St Petersburg.

    So it is quite normal that there are long lines of visitors who are waiting to buy an entry ticket.

    Attention : there are separate entries for the groups and for the individual visitor.

    The individual tourist must enter via the entrance at the Palace Square (Dvortsovaya Ploshchad.

    The entrance for the groups is at the other side of this big building, at Dvortsovaya Nab, along the Neva River.

    This picture is made around 9.30 am, and there is already a line, and the Hermitage museum just opens at 10.30 am.

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    Buy your ticket online

    by filipdebont Updated Jun 9, 2004

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    The beautifully decorated Winter Palace

    For the preparation of my trip to Saint Petersburg, I did some research on the internet.

    Like this I found the internet side of the Hermitage Museum: http://www.hermitagemuseum.org/

    And via this site it was possible to buy a ticket online. There were two possibilities: a one day ticket at 16 US$, and a two day ticket at 25 US$.

    With the two-day ticket you also had access to three other museums (General Staff building on Palace Square, the Menshikov Palace and the Winter Palace of Peter the Great ).

    So I bought the two-days ticket.

    The big advantage of buying this ticket was the fact that I could enter the Hermitage Museum via the groups entrance and that without standing in line.

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    The Field Marshals' Hall

    by filipdebont Updated Jun 11, 2004

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    Big French carriage

    Via the magnificent Jordan Staircase you arrive in the Field Marshals' Hall (hall nr 193).

    This Field Marshals' Hall is one of the large suites of state rooms in the Winter Palace.

    In this Field Marshals' Hall you can see some beautiful porcelain vases (19th century).
    There is also the "Big" French carriage, which was used by Peter I when he stayed in Paris. This carriage is also used for two coronation ceremonies - those of Catherine I (1724) and Catherine the Great (1762).

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    The Small Throne Room

    by filipdebont Updated Jun 11, 2004

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    The Small Throne Room

    The next hall I visited was The Small Throne Room or The Memorial Hall of Peter the Great (hall Nr 194).

    This room is dedicated to Peter the Great.

    Behind the Throne in the niche you can see the painting of Peter the Great with Minerva which was made by Jacopo Amiconi in 1730.

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    The Armorial Hall

    by filipdebont Updated Jun 11, 2004

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    The Armorial Hall

    The Armorial hall (hall nr 195) was designed by Vasily Stasov after the fire of 1837.

    In this big hall you can see representations of coats of arms and heraldic emblems of all the provinces of Russia, attached to bronze chandeliers. Because of these items this hall is named the Armorial hall.

    As earlier it was used for big receptions and balls. So in fact it was the big ball room.

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