The State Hermitage is one of the largest museums in the world. Its exhibitions include over 3 million exhibits representing Antiquity, Western Europe, Middle East, Russia and many more epochs, countries and regions. Its foundation dates back to 1764, when Catherine the Great purchased a big collection of Western European paintings. The museum used to be the Winter Palace, the official royal residence of the Russian monarchs. After the Russian revolution in 1917, it became the place of the Provisional Government of Kerensky. the winter residence of the royal family.
The rooms were very majestic and colorful and just so enormous. There was even a room made out of gold, called the "Gold and Diamond" room and the "Amber" room, made out of real amber. The Tzars held a lot of exquisite balls in these rooms. If it hadn't been for our guide, we would have gotten lost in the many grand rooms of the museum hosting the collections of Leonardo da Vinci, Rafael, Ticiano, Rembrandt, Rubens, Matisse and Picasso. The museum also had a collection of Holland baroque, French paintings of 19th and 20th centuries, Western European decorative art collection, a unique Gold of the Scythes exhibition, ancient Greek jewellery, and Ancient Egyptian exhibition with mummies and sarcophagus. Our tour guide showed us all the exhibitions in 2 hours, but I'm sure that if we had been on our own, it would have taken us the whole day to see everything that the museum had to offer. I highly recommend for everyone visiting Saint Petersburg.
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