The Winter Palace was the imperial residence of the Tsars.
In 1764 Catherine the Great wanted to build another building near the Palace to house the works of art she was collecting.
The new building took the name of Petit Hermitage.
The Hermitage Museum has one of the most important art galleries in the world, but the real charm of the museum lies in the variety of its works.
- Paintings: The Hermitage has one of the most important collections in the world. Among which we can find works by great artists such as Titian, Raphael, Caravaggio, Leonardo da Vinci and Tintoretto.
- Sculpture: With one of the most important collections in Europe, there are works by artists such as Rodin and Antonio Canova.
- Weapons: With more than 15,000 pieces from the Middle Ages to the twentieth century, the collection of arms and armor of Emperor Nicholas I of Russian made up of firearms, swords, shields and all kinds of materials from Russia and the rest of the Europe.
- Russian Culture: Made up of more than 350,000 items from the 10th to 20th centuries, this collection is made up of everyday objects that offer a faithful portrait of the country’s historical evolution.
- Numismatics: With one of the most important collections of its kind in the world, the exhibition includes coins from different ages.