St Petersburg

Since 1848, the portico of the New Hermitage has been supported by 10 muscular giants cut from grey granite in the workshop of sculptor Alexander Terebenev. Legend has it that if a bride and groom touch the big toes of each atlas then they will have a long and happy marriage.

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1. New Hermitage

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Facing Millionnaya ul, the New Hermitage was built for Nicholas II in 1852, to hold the growing art collection and as a museum for the public. Designed by…

2. Small Hermitage

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The classical Small Hermitage, which evolved from a series of buildings constructed between Palace Sq and the Neva between 1764 and 1769, was used by…

3. Great (Old) Hermitage

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Facing the Neva, this section of the museum (also known as the Large Hermitage) dates from the time of Catherine the Great. It mainly houses Italian…

4. State Hermitage Museum

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The Hermitage fully lives up to its sterling reputation. You can be absorbed by its treasures for days and still come out wanting more. The enormous…

5. Pevchesky Most


The 'Singers' Bridge' crosses the Moika River near the Capella music academy and was also once called the Yellow Bridge for its colour. The cast-iron…

6. Winter Palace of Peter I

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Excavations beneath the Hermitage Theatre in the late 1970s revealed remains of the principal residence of Peter the Great, including a large fragment of…

7. Alexander Column

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In the centre of Palace Sq, this 47.5m column, topped by a statue of an angel holding a cross, was designed in 1834 by Montferrand. Named after Alexander…

8. Winter Palace

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This stunning mint-green, white and gold profusion of columns, windows and recesses, with its roof topped by rows of classical statues, was commissioned…