The Winter Palace (Part II), St. Petersburg, Russia

The “Jordan Staircase” entry to the palace retains Rastrelli’s 18th century rococo style, The Winter Palace, St. Petersburg, Russia

The “Jordan Staircase” entry to the palace retains Rastrelli’s 18th century rococo style, The Winter Palace, St. Petersburg, Russia

 

As noted in our previous blog post [The Winter Palace, St. Petersburg, Russia], this Baroque-style palace [now the home of the Hermitage Museum] is perhaps St. Petersburg’s most impressive site.  Completed in 1735, it was expanded and enhanced considerably by Empress Elizabeth 17 years later and even more after Catherine the Great ascended the throne in 1762.  We had a second opportunity on this trip to visit the Palace on our way into the Hermitage collections — on cleaning day, when the museum is closed to the public.  We were very fortunate that our group had been able to make the arrangements to visit while the museum was closed with our English-speaking guides.

 

The Malachite Room of the Winter Palace has columns, pilasters and mantelpieces lined with malachite in the technique known as the “Russian Mosaics”, The Winter Palace, St. Petersburg, Russia

The Malachite Room of the Winter Palace has columns, pilasters and mantelpieces lined with malachite in the technique known as the “Russian Mosaics”, The Winter Palace, St. Petersburg, Russia

 

The Malachite Room of the Winter Palace was decorated to the designs of A. Briullov in 1839.  The columns, pilasters and mantelpieces are lined with malachite in the technique known as the “Russian Mosaics”.  The room is associated with historical events: on the night of November 7, 1917, the last meeting of the counter-revolutionary Provisional Government took place here.  The ministers were arrested in the adjoining Private Dining Room.

 

The mirror reflects part of the Malachite Room behind the photographer, The Winter Palace, St. Petersburg, Russia

The mirror reflects part of the Malachite Room behind the photographer, The Winter Palace, St. Petersburg, Russia

 

Detail of one of many gilded doors in the Malachite Room, The Winter Palace, St. Petersburg, Russia

Detail of one of many gilded doors in the Malachite Room, The Winter Palace, St. Petersburg, Russia

 

An elaborately gilded desk with a gold statue in front of a hanging tapestry, The Winter Palace, St. Petersburg, Russia

An elaborately gilded desk with a gold statue in front of a hanging tapestry, The Winter Palace, St. Petersburg, Russia

 

An extraordinarily elaborate large freestanding “bowl” in a gilded room typical of The Winter Palace, St. Petersburg, Russia

An extraordinarily elaborate large freestanding “bowl” in a gilded room typical of The Winter Palace, St. Petersburg, Russia

 

Each room has parquet floors with different designs, The Winter Palace, St. Petersburg, Russia

Each room has parquet floors with different designs, The Winter Palace, St. Petersburg, Russia

 

A view of the city in the rain from a window in The Winter Palace, St. Petersburg, Russia

A view of the city in the rain from a window in The Winter Palace, St. Petersburg, Russia

 

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