p.82 ex-3In Saint Petersburg, I saw lots of fantastic squares, fountains, buildings, but what I'm going to remember best is The Winter Palace.
The Winter Palace is the official residence of the Russian monarchs. It is situated between the Palace Embankment and the Palace Square, adjacent to the site of Peter the Great's original Winter Palace, the present and fourth Winter Palace was built and altered almost continuously between the late 1730s and 1837, when it was severely damaged by fire and immediately rebuilt.The palace was constructed on a monumental scale that was intended to reflect the might and power of Imperial Russia.
The Winter Palace is said to contain 1,500 rooms, 1,786 doors and 1,945 windows.The interiors of the Winter Palace are spectacular and designed to impress. They are richly decorated in marble, gilt, silk and parquet.Today, the restored palace forms part of the complex of buildings housing the Hermitage Museum.With the possible exception of the Louvre, there is no museum in the world that rivals the Hermitage in size and quality. Its collection is so large that it would take years to view it in its entirety - at last count, there were nearly three million works on exhibit.
I think the atmosphere here is absolutely magic. Do what you want in Saint Petersburg but you must not miss The Winter Palace.