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    Masterpieces of Oriental Armorers. Ottoman armor

    by Oleg_D. Written Sep 9, 2016

    As any Great Museum of the World Class, the State Hermitage has collections representing human culture from pre-historic times till XX century. At the ground floor you are going to find hall #65 the home of exhibition dedicated to masterpieces of oriental armorers. Special attention focused on the Ottoman arms and armors because that country achieved the greatest military successes and territorial expansion in XIV-XVII centuries. Today I attached some pictures with the showcase where you can find Ottoman helmet of XV-XVI centuries with the hallmark of Istanbul Arsenal of Saint Irene. In the center is so-called baydana the chainmail shirt made out of flat rings. Here on these rings are the texts from the Alcoran. Under baydana you can see Ottoman shield of XVI-XVII century. There are also bow, arrows, swords and sabers, maces and battle axes in that show case. Banners and bunchuks are also represented in that showcase.
    Visitors are allowed to take non-commercial photo and video.
    General admission is 600 Rubles (around 8 Euros). Admission is free every first Thursday of a month.
    Opening hours:
    Tuesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday, Sunday:
    10:30-18:00
    Wednesday and Friday:
    10:30-21:00

    Tel. +7 (812) 710-90-79
    other contact: visitorservices@hermitage.ru

    Directions: 2, Dvortsovaya Ploshchad (Dvortsovaya Square), St. Petersburg

    Website: https://www.hermitagemuseum.org/wps/portal/hermitage?lng=en

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    Masterpieces of Oriental Armorers. Ottoman Sipahi

    by Oleg_D. Written Aug 31, 2016

    As any Great Museum of the World Class, the State Hermitage has collections representing human culture from pre-historic time till XX century. At the ground floor you are going to find hall #65 the home of exhibition dedicated to masterpieces of oriental armorers. The central artefacts of that exhibition drawing attention of all visitors and especially boys are full suits of armor for Ottoman Sipahi (heavy cavalryman) and his horse. There were two types of Sipahi, Provincial Sipahi who served in change of holding their land fief known as “Timar” and regular Sipahi served for the payment received from Sultan, those both types were known as Timarli Sipahi and Kapikulu (palace) Sipahi respectively. Both types of Sipahi were heavy cavalrymen and were the rivals of European knights or mounted men-at-arms because not every heavy cavalryman was the dubbed knight with appropriate noble title and personal coat of arms. Looking at these armors of second part of XVth, beginning of XVI century we can easily conclude that they provided adequate defence. Under such suit of armor Sipahi wore padded jack and pants.
    Visitors are allowed to take non-commercial photo and video.
    General admission is 600 Rubles (around 8 Euros). Admission is free every first Thursday of a month.
    Opening hours:
    Tuesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday, Sunday:
    10:30-18:00
    Wednesday and Friday:
    10:30-21:00

    Tel. +7 (812) 710-90-79
    othercontact: visitorservices@hermitage.ru

    Directions: 2, Dvortsovaya Ploshchad (Dvortsovaya Square), St. Petersburg

    Website: https://www.hermitagemuseum.org/wps/portal/hermitage?lng=en

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    Masterpieces of Oriental Armorers. Turkish Armor

    by Oleg_D. Written Aug 31, 2016

    As any Great Museum of the World Class, the State Hermitage has collections representing human culture from pre-historic time till XX century. At the ground floor you are going to find hall #65 the home of exhibition dedicated to masterpieces of oriental armorers. There is one very interesting showcase with Turkish armor and helmets of XV-XVI centuries the time of the most brilliant Ottoman Conquers and greatest expansion. At the center you can see traditional Ottoman armor, so-called Bekhter. This is just the mail shirt with steel plates on the chest and back, hooking up along vertical slit on the frontal side. Over that Bekhter we can see the helmet known in Medieval Russia as “Misyurka”. This word derives from the medieval name of the Egypt known as Misre. Such helmets were worn over padded hats, they were light and provided adequate defence. Here we can also see many so-called Turban helmets and oriental “shishak” type helmets. Majority of these helmets were captured by Russian Imperial Army in the Arsenal of Erzerum Fortress situated in Trans-Caucasian east Turkey during Russo-Turkish war of 1828-1829. Although many helmets have the hallmarks of the Saint Irene Arsenal of Istanbul. Looking at this showcase you can get excellent notion on the appearance of Ottoman warriors since the Fall of Constantinople in 1453 and till the end of XVII century or last siege of Vienna in 1683.
    Visitors are allowed to take non-commercial photo and video.
    General admission is 600 Rubles (around 8 Euros). Admission is free every first Thursday of a month.
    Opening hours:
    Tuesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday, Sunday:
    10:30-18:00
    Wednesday and Friday:
    10:30-21:00

    Tel. +7 (812) 710-90-79
    othercontact: visitorservices@hermitage.ru


    Directions: 2, Dvortsovaya Ploshchad (Dvortsovaya Square), St. Petersburg

    Website: https://www.hermitagemuseum.org/wps/portal/hermitage?lng=en

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    Masterpieces: Rogier Van Der Weyden

    by Oleg_D. Updated Aug 30, 2016

    Among the masterpieces of the State hermitage you are going to find the Rogier Van Der Weyden’s “Saint Luke drawing the Virgin”. Rogier Van Der Weyden (1400, Tournai – 1464, Brussels) represents the greatest masters of Flemish painting school in XV century. This icon was bought by Russian Emperors side by side. Emperor Nicholas I bought right side of this icon from the collection of King Willem II of Netherlands at Hague in 1850 and left side was bought by Emperor Alexander III from the Paris art dealer Antoine Baer in 1884, this part was in collection of Queen Isabel II of Spain. When you say Rogier Van Der Weyden then you no need to say something else, after those words anybody understand that all icons and paintings he created are the masterpieces of European cultural heritage. All painters of Flemish school paid greatest attention to backgrounds of their canvas. There you always can find painted in details cities and castles, rivers and ships, people and animals, flowers and other plants. You can find this masterpiece in the hall #260.
    Visitors are allowed to take non-commercial photo and video.
    General admission is 600 Rubles (around 8 Euros). Admission is free every first Thursday of a month.
    Opening hours:
    Tuesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday, Sunday:
    10:30-18:00
    Wednesday and Friday:
    10:30-21:00

    2, Dvortsovaya Ploshchad (Dvortsovaya Square), St. Petersburg
    +7 (812) 710-90-79
    othercontact: visitorservices@hermitage.ru
    https://www.hermitagemuseum.org/wps/portal/hermitage?lng=en


    Directions: 2, Dvortsovaya Ploshchad (Dvortsovaya Square), St. Petersburg

    Website: https://www.hermitagemuseum.org/wps/portal/hermitage?lng=en

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    The Military Gallery of 1812

    by Oleg_D. Updated Aug 30, 2016

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    The Military Gallery of 1812 was created by Carlo Rossi in 1826 in commemoration of Russian Imperial Army participation in the Napoleonic Wars.
    The Gallery is divided by doubled columns into three sections; the middle section forms the threshold to the St George Hall (the throne room), and is lit by skylights in the painted vaults.
    332 portraits of the generals who were heroes of the 1812 War were hung on the walls in five rows. These portraits were created by the British artist George Dawe with the participation of Russian artists Alexander Polyakov and Wilhelm Golike.
    Among the works on display are formal portraits of General-Fieldmarshals Mikhail Kutuzov, Mikhail Barclay de Tolly, Grand Prince Constantine Pavlovich and Arthur, Duke of Wellington, who was promoted to the rank of General-Fieldmarshal of the Russian army after the victory over Napoleon at Waterloo in 1815.
    At the short ends of the Gallery hang equestrian portraits of Emperor Alexander I and his ally in the war with Napoleon, Frederick-William III of Prussia (both by Franz Kruger), and of the Austrian Emperor Francis I (Peter Krafft).
    The ceremonial opening of the Gallery on 25 October 1826 coincided with the anniversary of the expulsion of Napoleon's army from Russia and the occasion was marked by a march-past of Cavalry and Infantry Regiments before portraits of their commanders during the War of 1812.

    Visitors are allowed to take non-commercial photo and video.
    General admission is 600 Rubles (around 8 Euros). Admission is free every first Thursday of a month.
    Opening hours:
    Tuesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday, Sunday:
    10:30-18:00
    Wednesday and Friday:
    10:30-21:00

    2, Dvortsovaya Ploshchad (Dvortsovaya Square), St. Petersburg
    Tel. +7 (812) 710-90-79
    othercontact: visitorservices@hermitage.ru


    Directions: 2, Dvortsovaya Ploshchad (Dvortsovaya Square), St. Petersburg

    Website: https://www.hermitagemuseum.org/wps/portal/hermitage?lng=en

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    The Military Gallery of 1812

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    The Military Gallery of 1812 was created by Carlo Rossi in 1826 in commemoration of Russian Imperial Army participation in the Napoleonic Wars.
    332 portraits of the generals who were heroes of the 1812 War were hung on the walls in five rows. These portraits were created by the British artist George Dawe with the participation of Russian artists Alexander Polyakov and Wilhelm Golike.
    Among the works on display are formal portraits of General-Fieldmarshals Mikhail Kutuzov, Mikhail Barclay de Tolly, Grand Prince Constantine Pavlovich and Arthur, Duke of Wellington, who was promoted to the rank of General-Fieldmarshal of the Russian army after the victory over Napoleon at Waterloo in 1815.
    General admission is 600 Rubles (around 8 Euros). Admission is free every first Thursday of a month.
    Opening hours:
    Tuesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday, Sunday:
    10:30-18:00
    Wednesday and Friday:
    10:30-21:00

    2, Dvortsovaya Ploshchad (Dvortsovaya Square), St. Petersburg

    +7 (812) 710-90-79
    othercontact: visitorservices@hermitage.ru

    Directions: 2, Dvortsovaya Ploshchad (Dvortsovaya Square), St. Petersburg

    Website: https://www.hermitagemuseum.org/wps/portal/hermitage?lng=en

    General Field Marchal M. I. Kutuzov General Field Marshal M. B. Barclay de Tolly Grand Duke Constantine Arthur Wellesley, 1st Duke of Wellington Arthur Wellesley, 1st Duke of Wellington
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    The Military Gallery of 1812

    by Oleg_D. Updated Aug 30, 2016

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    The Military Gallery of 1812 was created by Carlo Rossi in 1826 in commemoration of Russian Imperial Army participation in the Napoleonic Wars.
    332 portraits of the generals who were heroes of the 1812 War were hung on the walls in five rows. These portraits were created by the British artist George Dawe with the participation of Russian artists Alexander Polyakov and Wilhelm Golike.
    The ceremonial opening of the Gallery on 25 October 1826 coincided with the anniversary of the expulsion of Napoleon's army from Russia and the occasion was marked by a march-past of Cavalry and Infantry Regiments before portraits of their commanders during the War of 1812.

    General admission is 600 Rubles (around 8 Euros). Admission is free every first Thursday of a month.
    Opening hours:
    Tuesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday, Sunday:
    10:30-18:00
    Wednesday and Friday:
    10:30-21:00

    2, Dvortsovaya Ploshchad (Dvortsovaya Square), St. Petersburg
    othercontact: visitorservices@hermitage.ru
    +7 (812) 710-90-79
    https://www.hermitagemuseum.org/wps/portal/hermitage?lng=en

    Directions: 2, Dvortsovaya Ploshchad (Dvortsovaya Square), St. Petersburg

    Website: https://www.hermitagemuseum.org/wps/portal/hermitage?lng=en

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    The Military Gallery of 1812

    by Oleg_D. Updated Aug 30, 2016

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    The Military Gallery of 1812 was created by Carlo Rossi in 1826 in commemoration of Russian Imperial Army participation in the Napoleonic Wars. Gallery posses several paintings of German painter Peter Hess who lived and worked in Russia and created series of paintings dedicated to the famous victories of Russian Army in the campaign of 1812. His canvas is showing the dramatic moments of the battles, tactics of those times and uniforms in the most accurately manner, although I found some minor mistakes.
    His most famous painting “The Battle of Borodino, 1812” represented in Military Gallery of 1812. You can see the most dramatic for Russian Army moment when the Commander of left flank of Russian defense General Duke Peter Bagration was mortally wounded. You can see him sitting among his entourage before he lost his consciences and giving his last orders to General Peter Konovnitsyn (on white horse) who temporarily replaced him. On the left hand side you can see the squares of 2nd Brigade of Russian Guard Infantry consisted of two regiments Life Guard Izmaylovsky and Life Guard Litovsky. Both regiments are repulsing the attack of French heavy cavalry. On right hand side you can see Russian cuirassiers of Yekaterinoslavsky Cuirassier Regiment galloping to counterattack French cavalry attacking Russian guardsmen. Battle of Borodino was the bloodiest battle of XIX century. French lost about fifty five thousand soldiers and officers and Russians about forty seven thousand. World never saw such casualties for several centuries and will never see before WW I.
    General admission is 600 Rubles (around 8 Euros). Admission is free every first Thursday of a month.
    Opening hours:
    Tuesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday, Sunday:
    10:30-18:00
    Wednesday and Friday:
    10:30-21:00

    2, Dvortsovaya Ploshchad (Dvortsovaya Square), St. Petersburg
    othercontact: visitorservices@hermitage.ru
    +7 (812) 710-90-79
    https://www.hermitagemuseum.org/wps/portal/hermitage?lng=en

    Directions: 2, Dvortsovaya Ploshchad (Dvortsovaya Square), St. Petersburg

    Website: https://www.hermitagemuseum.org/wps/portal/hermitage?lng=en

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    Masterpieces of Leonardo Da Vinci

    by Oleg_D. Updated Aug 30, 2016

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    The State Hermitage has one of the best Collection of West European arts in the world. There are twelve known Leonardo Da Vinci’s works in the world now. Two of them are in the State Hermitage. You can see here “Madonna with the flower” painted by Leonardo Da Vinci in 1478 and “Madonna with the Child” also known as “Madonna Litta” painted by him in 1490-1491. You can also see “The Repenting Magdalene” painted by Gian Pietro Rizzoli known as Giampietrino the best among the Leonardo’s disciples. He was active between 1508 and 1549.
    All these master pieces are assembled for the public display in special hall.
    General admission is 600 Rubles (around 8 Euros). Admission is free every first Thursday of a month.
    Opening hours:
    Tuesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday, Sunday:
    10:30-18:00
    Wednesday and Friday:
    10:30-21:00

    2, Dvortsovaya Ploshchad (Dvortsovaya Square), St. Petersburg
    othercontact: visitorservices@hermitage.ru
    +7 (812) 710-90-79
    https://www.hermitagemuseum.org/wps/portal/hermitage?lng=en

    Directions: 2, Dvortsovaya Ploshchad (Dvortsovaya Square), St. Petersburg

    Website: https://www.hermitagemuseum.org/wps/portal/hermitage?lng=en

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    Masterpieces of Italian Armorers

    by Oleg_D. Updated Aug 30, 2016

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    When you visit the Knight Hall of State Hermitage you shall be able to see the show case with the arms armors produced by Italian armorers in XVI century. All those are artifacts are real masterpieces of smithery. Among those armors are the helmet and pauldrons produced by famous Milanese armorer Fillipo Negroli (1510-1579). These helmet and pauldrons (shoulder defenses) were the parts of one full suit of plate armor known as the heroic or necromonger suit of armor. Today, different pieces of that suit of armor distributed between different museums of Europe and America.
    General admission is 600 Rubles (around 8 Euros). Admission is free every first Thursday of a month.
    Opening hours:
    Tuesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday, Sunday:
    10:30-18:00
    Wednesday and Friday:
    10:30-21:00

    2, Dvortsovaya Ploshchad (Dvortsovaya Square), St. Petersburg
    othercontact: visitorservices@hermitage.ru
    +7 (812) 710-90-79
    https://www.hermitagemuseum.org/wps/portal/hermitage?lng=en

    Directions: 2, Dvortsovaya Ploshchad (Dvortsovaya Square), St. Petersburg

    Website: https://www.hermitagemuseum.org/wps/portal/hermitage?lng=en

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    Raphael Loggias of the State Hermitage

    by Oleg_D. Updated Aug 30, 2016

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    The Raphael Loggias in the Hermitage are a copy of the famous Gallery created in the 16th century in the Vatican Palace by the architect Donato Bramante. Since those loggias in Vatican are not accessible for the tourists, try to see its copy in Saint Petersburg, Russia. Its walls and vaults were painted by Raphael's pupils after his sketches and under his supervision. The Hermitage gallery was created at Catherine II's wish. Originally it was a separate construction (architect Giacomo Quarenghi), but in the mid-19th century it was included into the New Hermitage designed as a museum building by the architect Leo von Klenze. Copies of the Vatican frescoes were produced in tempera on canvas by a group of artists under Christopher Unterberger. The Raphael Loggias make up an integral ensemble displaying a harmony of architecture, painting and sculpture. The gallery consists of thirteen identical sections, each having its own vault.
    General admission is 600 Rubles (around 8 Euros). Admission is free every first Thursday of a month.
    Opening hours:
    Tuesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday, Sunday:
    10:30-18:00
    Wednesday and Friday:
    10:30-21:00

    2, Dvortsovaya Ploshchad (Dvortsovaya Square), St. Petersburg
    othercontact: visitorservices@hermitage.ru
    +7 (812) 710-90-79
    https://www.hermitagemuseum.org/wps/portal/hermitage?lng=en

    Directions: 2, Dvortsovaya Ploshchad (Dvortsovaya Square), St. Petersburg

    Website: https://www.hermitagemuseum.org/wps/portal/hermitage?lng=en

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    Raphael Loggias of the State Hermitage. Details.

    by Oleg_D. Updated Aug 30, 2016

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    The Raphael Loggias in the Hermitage are a copy of the famous Gallery created in the 16th century in the Vatican Palace by the architect Donato Bramante. Since those loggias in Vatican are not accessible for the tourists, try to see its copy in Saint Petersburg, Russia. Its walls and vaults were painted by Raphael's pupils after his sketches and under his supervision. The Hermitage gallery was created at Catherine II's wish. Originally it was a separate construction (architect Giacomo Quarenghi), but in the mid-19th century it was included into the New Hermitage designed as a museum building by the architect Leo von Klenze. Copies of the Vatican frescoes were produced in tempera on canvas by a group of artists under Christopher Unterberger. The Raphael Loggias make up an integral ensemble displaying a harmony of architecture, painting and sculpture. The gallery consists of thirteen identical sections, each having its own vault.
    General admission is 600 Rubles (around 8 Euros). Admission is free every first Thursday of a month.
    Opening hours:
    Tuesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday, Sunday:
    10:30-18:00
    Wednesday and Friday:
    10:30-21:00

    2, Dvortsovaya Ploshchad (Dvortsovaya Square), St. Petersburg
    othercontact: visitorservices@hermitage.ru
    +7 (812) 710-90-79
    https://www.hermitagemuseum.org/wps/portal/hermitage?lng=en

    Directions: 2, Dvortsovaya Ploshchad (Dvortsovaya Square), St. Petersburg

    Website: https://www.hermitagemuseum.org/wps/portal/hermitage?lng=en

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    The Knight’s Hall

    by Oleg_D. Updated Aug 30, 2016

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    The Knight’s Hall is the collection of medieval mostly West European arms and armor. The majority of its artifacts derive from the so-called Arsenal of Tsarskoye Selo. That arsenal was the private collection of Russian Emperor Nicholas I (1825-1855). He was the passionate collector of medieval arms and armor and that was the reason why other European monarchs presented him such things. Nicholas I also was buying arms and armor in European auctions through his agents. As the result the Knight’s Hall can boast by two full plate armors also known as German Gothic “white armor” of XV century. Both were made in Germany in second half of XVth century. One of hem attributed to Lorenz Helmschmidt who was probably the best armor smith of XVth century and who was the armorer of the Emperor of Holy Roman Empire.
    There are also at least five so called Maximilian full plate armors produced in beginning of XVI century in the collection. Unfortunately only small part of the collection is displayed in permanent exhibition. Anyway visit to the Knight’s Hall will be very interesting. The Knight Hall is situated in the hall #243 at first floor if you consider real first floor as the ground one.
    General admission is 600 Rubles (around 8 Euros). Admission is free every first Thursday of a month.
    Opening hours:
    Tuesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday, Sunday:
    10:30-18:00
    Wednesday and Friday:
    10:30-21:00

    2, Dvortsovaya Ploshchad (Dvortsovaya Square), St. Petersburg
    othercontact: visitorservices@hermitage.ru
    +7 (812) 710-90-79
    https://www.hermitagemuseum.org/wps/portal/hermitage?lng=en

    Directions: 2, Dvortsovaya Ploshchad (Dvortsovaya Square), St. Petersburg

    Website: https://www.hermitagemuseum.org/wps/portal/hermitage?lng=en

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    The Jordan Staircase

    by Oleg_D. Updated Aug 30, 2016

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    This staircase was originally projected and built by Francesco Bartolomeo Rastrelli in XVIII century as the parade stairs of the Imperial Winter Palace. Unfortunately the Jordan Staircase was badly damaged in the great fire in 1837. That’s why today you see the stairs restored by Russian architect Vasiliy Stasov according to Rastrelli’s original plan. Stairs received its name because they were part of official way of Imperial procession to the river Neva during the ceremony of blessing of the water on Epiphany. That ceremony celebrates the baptism of Christ in the river Jordan.
    General admission is 600 Rubles (around 8 Euros). Admission is free every first Thursday of a month.
    Opening hours:
    Tuesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday, Sunday:
    10:30-18:00
    Wednesday and Friday:
    10:30-21:00

    2, Dvortsovaya Ploshchad (Dvortsovaya Square), St. Petersburg
    othercontact: visitorservices@hermitage.ru
    +7 (812) 710-90-79
    https://www.hermitagemuseum.org/wps/portal/hermitage?lng=en

    Directions: 2, Dvortsovaya Ploshchad (Dvortsovaya Square), St. Petersburg

    Website: https://www.hermitagemuseum.org/wps/portal/hermitage?lng=en

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    The Gallery of the History of Ancient Painting

    by Oleg_D. Updated Aug 30, 2016

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    The Gallery of the History of Ancient Painting is situated in the hall number twenty five at the first floor of so-called New Hermitage. This building was built in the mid of XIX century during the rule of Emperor Nicholas I (1825-1855). This very long gallery is full the fabulous masterpieces of fine arts. But it is always better to see under your own eyes than read or listen about thousand times.

    Visitors are allowed to take non-commercial photo and video.
    General admission is 600 Rubles (around 8 Euros). Admission is free every first Thursday of a month.
    Opening hours:
    Tuesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday, Sunday:
    10:30-18:00
    Wednesday and Friday:
    10:30-21:00

    2, Dvortsovaya Ploshchad (Dvortsovaya Square), St. Petersburg
    othercontact: visitorservices@hermitage.ru
    +7 (812) 710-90-79
    https://www.hermitagemuseum.org/wps/portal/hermitage?lng=en

    Directions: 2, Dvortsovaya Ploshchad (Dvortsovaya Square), St. Petersburg

    Website: https://www.hermitagemuseum.org/wps/portal/hermitage?lng=en

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