The State Hermitage Museum
The legendary Hermitage - is one of the largest museums in the world and certainly the largest in Russia. In the halls of 350 works of art by the culture of ancient Egypt, ancient Greece, Scythian gold, Tanagra figurines and much more. The museum features nearly three million various exhibits. Experts estimate that a complete study of its collections the average person will take nearly 15 years.
History of the Hermitage began in 1764, when the Russian Empress Catherine II decided to purchase a collection of valuable paintings and place it in the long halls of the Winter Palace. Then, year after year, ever-growing collection, and in 1852 opened in St. Petersburg Imperial Hermitage. Case Catherine continued Emperor Alexander I and Tsar Nicholas I.
Nowadays State Hermitage occupies several historic buildings in the heart of St. Petersburg. However, the main and most popular exhibition is stored in five museums Hermitage. There are such masterpieces of art as "Madonna and Child", "Judith", "Danae", "Christ Carrying the Cross," "The Return of the Prodigal Son", there are sculptures of Michelangelo, Mazzuoli, Canova, and so on.
Special interest of the visitors enjoyed Treasure Gallery, which itself created by Catherine the Great. A unique collection consists of two exposures. The first represented 1.5 thousand gold objects from Eurasia, the Black Sea and the Ancient East. A second collection, "Diamond pantry", demonstrates the development of jewelry, starting from the 3rd millennium BC and ending with the 20 th century.
Chief Hermitage museum complex is open from 10:30 to 18:00, Wednesday - 21:00. Day off on Mondays. Cashiers stop working for 30 minutes before closing time. The price of admission - 400 rubles, are free children of preschool and school-age students. For photo and video need to pay 200 rubles.
To go to the Hermitage trolley number 1, 7, 10, 11, and city bus number 7, 10, 24, 191, the stop is called "The State Hermitage Museum." For those who prefer a subway station fit "Admiralty", "Nevsky Prospect" and "Seating yard." And if you decide to walk, you need to move on Nevsky Prospect towards the Palace Bridge.