The Winter Palace is a fabulous green, white and gold building on the banks of the Neva River. It houses the famous Hermitage Museum, symbol of Russia's love for art and culture. It is home to the largest collection of paintings in the world. The total number of pieces kept by the museum is around 3 million.
The Hermitage was created in 1764 as the private collection of Empress Catherine the Great. She commissioned Russian ambassadors around the world to buy the best works of art they could find. Through their work, she grew up her collection, which was publicly exhibited (at "respectable ensemble") in 1852. Today, the Hermitage is one of the world's largest art collections.
Of course, only a small part of the collection can be displayed at any time. Today, visits to the Hermitage usually last more than 3 hours and are incredibly popular. Visitors can see exhibits in one of the many buildings lined up along the Neva Palace wharf. Today, the Ermitage includes a complex of several buildings, these are the "Old Hermitage", the "New Hermitage", the "Theater of the Hermitage", the "Winter Palace", the residence main emperor of Russia.
Among the important parts of the exhibition are a collection of Renaissance paintings, paintings of the Impressionists (which includes the works of Cezanne and Monet), paintings of 20th century artists (such as Matisse, Picasso, Kandinsky).
The Palace Square adjacent to the Hermitage also has a rich history. On the square there is Alexander's Column, it is a monolithic granite monument that was installed in honor of Tsar Alexander and his role in the war with Napoleon.
|4The Hermitage museum in Saint Petersburg, Russia|