The Winter Palace in Palace Square in St.Petersburg, Russia, is the palace with the beautiful gold onion dome, seen in picture postcards from Russia. In fact, this golden onion dome is actually the dome of the majestic church within the beautiful Winter Palace, called the Grand Church. Located between the Palace Embankment and the Palace Square, Russia’s Winter Palace runs alongside the Neva River, and was the resident palace of Russia’s royalty from 1732 - 1739.
Exterior of the Winter Palace in St. Petersburg, with the Grand Church dome
One of the bedrooms in the Winter Palace, with intricate gold parquetry work
The thousand of servants who ran the palace lived in the attics of the Winter Palace, in small servant’s quarters. Some even managed to smuggle cows up there for milk.
The grand Malachite drawing room in St.Petersburg's Winter Palace
- The Malachite Drawing Room: This room was the principal reception room of the Empress.
- The Gold Drawing Room: This is the reception hall of the Empress’ daughter-in-law.
- The White Hall: This is yet another reception hall in the Winter Palace, which belonged to the Tsar and the Tsarina.
- The Jordon Staircase: This staircase is one of the few features of the Winter Palace that is constructed in the original 18th century Rococo architectural style, a remnant of the original palace that burnt down in the early 1800s.
- The Grand Church: All Russian royal weddings were held in this church, strictly according to tradition. The bride was dressed by the Empress, in a wedding dress specified by the strict conventions of the Romanov Tsars.
The majestic Jordan Staircase of the Winter Palace with grey-granite columns
Today, the Winter Palace in Russia is part of the State Hermitage Museum, and is generally visited by all tourists and visitors who come to the city of St. Petersburg in Russia.
What do you think of the beautiful Winter Palace in St. Petersburg, Russia? Would you have liked to live here in the 18th century?
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