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- The Hermitage
- Alt Name:
- Saint Petersburg
- Saint Petersburg,
- Church of the Saviour on Spilled Blood, The Peter and Paul Fortress,
Alexander Nevsky Lavra, The Smolny Institute ,
about The Hermitage
The Hermitage is a vast museum complex in St. Petersburg housing around three million historic and archaeological artefacts, paintings, sculptures, numismatics and other works.
It is one of world’s most well-renowned museums, with an astonishing array of exhibits ranging from the art and culture of ancient civilisations such as the Romans, Greeks and those of the Orient to Western European art and Numismatic coins.
The Hermitage is made up of six buildings, each consisting of exhibits relating to different eras and specialities. The main buildings are called the New Hermitage, the Small Hermitage and the Old Hermitage. These house, amongst other things, Greek and Roman artwork and artefacts, including vases, sculptures and gems dating back as far as 2000 BC, antiquities from Siberia and exhibits of Russian culture dating back to the 10th century.
The Treasure collection is also fascinating, showing diamonds, jewels and precious materials going back as far as the seventh century BC. For the military historian, the Arsenal provides an array of arms and armour from around the globe and throughout history.
The Winter Palace of Peter I, also known as Peter the Great, is another building in the Hermitage complex and displays pieces relating to the life and times of this monarch in his eighteenth century palace. Amongst this collection is Peter I’s own incredible collection of prehistoric art, mostly gold pieces taken from ancient burial grounds and dating back as far as the sixth century BC.
Other buildings in the Hermitage complex include the beautiful Menshikov Palace, being the former home of St Petersburg’s first governor-general, Prince Alexander Menshikov, the Museum of the Imperial Porcelain Factory, The Hermitage Theatre and the Reserve House and the Staraya Derevnya Restoration and Storage Centre.
With so much to see, it’s probably best to join in one of the tours, available in many European languages including in English. For those wishing to see the Staraya Derevnya Restoration and Storage Centre, visits must be booked in advance and must be by guided tour.
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Address: The Hermitage, 2, Dvortsovaya Ploshchad (Dvortsovaya Square), 190000,
Phone: (812) 710-90-79
To get to the Hermitage, the nearest metro stations are Kanal Griboyedova, Nevsky Prospekt and Gostiny Dvor. Trolleys 1, 7, 10 and 11, buses 7, 10 and 24 and express bus 187 also stop nearby
Most of the Hermitage is open daily except Mondays, 10:30am-6pm (to 5pm Sundays). Last entry 1hr before closing. Entry to the main complex costs 350 roubles (free on 1st Thursday of each month). Extra charges of 60 roubles apply for entry to each of The General Staff building, Menshikov Palace, Winter Palace and Porcelain Museum. Special exhibits cost an extra 300 roubles. There is a photography charge of 200 roubles. Discounts available.
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