Hermitage, Winter Palace
Hermitage, Loggias of Raphael
Hermitage, The Ambassador's Stairs
Pavillion Hall of Small Hermitage
Hermitage, Madonna Litta, Da Vinci
New Hermitage, Statue of Jupiter
|Saint Petersburg, Russia||3 hours||Private Excursion|
The Hermitage is one of the most visited museums in Europe - in terms of its importance and cultural heritage, it stands on the same level with the Parisian Louvre. The Hermitage is included in the TOP-20 of the largest art museums in the world.
The museum occupies five buildings: the Winter Palace, the Small Hermitage, the Old Hermitage, the New Hermitage and the Hermitage Theater. Russian emperors and empresses lived here for more than 200 years.
A tour of the Hermitage takes place through the richly decorated state halls of the museum. You will climb up the beautiful Jordan staircase; earlier it was called Ambassadorial, as it was used by the ambassadors of foreign states to rise to the ceremonial halls for audiences. You will visit the Small and Large Throne Halls, the Field Marshal and the Armorial Halls; you will see the survived living rooms of the Russian emperors: the Blue Bedroom, the Crimson Study, the Golden Living Room and the White Dining Room.
You will see many masterpieces of painting, including Leonardo da Vinci's Madonna Litta and Madonna Benoit, the Rembrandt's Danae and the Return of the Prodigal Son. The sculptural collection of the museum includes the works of the great sculptors Michelangelo, Edgar Degas, Rodin, which you will also meet on your way through the museum.
In the Pavilion Hall of the Small Hermitage, the guide will acquaint you with one of the most famous exhibits of the museum - the Peacock clock with a unique adaptation of the master James Cox, which belonged to Empress Catherine II. During your excursion to the Hermitage, you will also see the 19-ton Kolyvan vase hewn from a single piece of green-wavy jasper. This is the largest vase in the world (its height is as much as 2.57 m) and it is called the "Queen of Vases".
It is impossible to imagine the first visit to St. Petersburg without a trip to the main museum of the city., The rule, that applies to all great museums is true for the Hermitage too: it is not possible to see and cover all the exhibits in one day, one visit. One can only assess the scale and richness of the collections, get acquainted with the main exhibits, choose interesting destinations for oneself and return here again and again.