Hermitage Museum (Winter Palace), (1754-1762), architect Rastrelli
Day off: Monday
Distance from the hotel: 0,7 km
Many tourists come to St.Petersburg simply visit the Hermitage, a museum of awesome size and diversity. The Winter Palace would be a museum itself even if it didn't hold the Hermitage Museum, one of the world's largest and most valuable collections of fine art. Decide ahead what you most want to see on your first visit. The State Hermitage occupies six magnificent buildings situated along the embankment of the River Neva. At the beginning it used to be a residence of Russian Emperors. Collection: The Western European Art collection includes European paintings, sculptures, applied art from the 13th to the 20th century, including ones created by Michelangelo, Leonardo da Vinci, Rubens, van Dyck, Rembrandt, Poussin, Claude Lorrain, Watteau, Tiepolo, Canaletto, Canova, Rodin, Monet, Pissarro, Renoir, Cézanne, van Gogh, Gauguin, Picasso, and Matisse. Coins and medals, archaeological materials, the largest existing collection of ancient Scythian gold and the antiquities from Black Sea North Littoral Antique; Sculpture, art of the European and Oriental peoples, Russian applied art, an assortment of Fabergé jewellery.