Winter Palace of Peter I, St. Petersburg

Admire the chandeliers, mosaic floors, painted ceilings, and wall murals inside Winter Palace of Peter I, the green-and-white palace that was once the official residence of Russian monarchs. Designed by multiple architects, including Bartolomeo Rastrelli, this massive palace, with 1,500 rooms, 117 staircases, 1,786 doors, and 1,945 windows, was completed in 1720 with the intention of showing the world the sheer power of Imperial Russia. The majority of the palace was thought to have been destroyed after Catherine the Great commanded the building of a theater on the site. It was later discovered that Quarenghi, the architect who built the theater, preserved much of the palace's original structure, particularly under the stage of the theater. The palace was marched on by demonstrators during the Bloody Sunday massacre, and stormed by a group of Red Army soldiers in 1917. Today it is part of a museum featuring imperial carriages with wood carvings and velvet upholstery, Peter I's personal set of medical instruments, and a mixture of historical costumes and antiques. Purchase your tickets and book a tour ahead of time to avoid the long lines at this popular attraction. Be sure to wear comfortable walking shoes, given the extensive grounds of the palace. To visit Winter Palace of Peter I and other attractions in St. Petersburg, use our St. Petersburg planner.
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  • This is a "must do" when you are in Saint Petersburg! Thr winter palace makes your memory go back in time when the Czars used to be on russian power. It's absolutely amazing just to be there. Plus...  more »
  • Spent many hours touring this wonderful palace. Visited on a Sunday. It was very busy but there were people stationed throughout the building to explain certain rooms and artifacts located in them.....  more »
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  • It is a small palace along the embankment. If you are a student studied in Russia be sure to take your student card with the newest seal for free entrance. It is near the marble palace and you could just walk along the embankment to the marble palace. The lady in charge is friendly and i have a fun chat with her...
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