The Hermitage: A museum to rival Paris’s Louvre
Situated on the incredible Dvortsovaya Ploshchad ‘Palace Square’ stands an incredible green building (yes green may sound strange), opposite a yellow building with a stunning arc sculpted by George von Velten in the late 18th century. Standing proud in the centre is the 47.5 meter tall Alexander Column made of red granite. This is the understated, yet incredible setting for the Hermitage in Saint Petersburg, Russia.
The Hermitage is made up from a variety of buildings, one being the green and white Winter Palace, where the moment you step in, you feel like you’re somewhere special – not just in any normal museum. The staircases are what you would expect of a palace, gold and marble with detail to blow anyone away. The additional buildings that make up what is known as ‘The Hermitage’ are simply named Small, Large and New Hermitages, yet inside they are anything but simple.
As you wander through the Hermitage it may not be the collections that rival the Louvre, but the rooms themselves. That isn’t to say that the Hermitage doesn’t have a spectacular collection; it includes a peacock clock and even has a statue of Jupiter that had put in place before the walls of the New Hermitage building it is situated in were built. Da vinci and Rembrandt also feature in the paintings collections.
Back to the rooms. It’s the ceilings and walls that captured my attention. Along with the statues and sculpture work that adorn the highly decorated rooms. The chandeliers and floors from time to time also made me forget I was in a museum. Russia seems to take a lot of its architecture from Europe as there is plenty of Italian architecture and various European sculptures within the decoration of the Hermitage.
Russia certainly doesn’t understand museums the way I do. Gone are the grey dreary walls and rooms where the artwork is meant to stand out from, instead each room is a work of art in itself. Visiting the Hermitage was a great treat during my tour of Saint Petersburg. I had visited with the main aim of seeing the incredible architecture of Church of Our Saviour on Spilled Blood, but the Hermitage is an equally incredible attraction.
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