The Winter Palace and Hermitage Museum



The Winter Palace was the home of the Tsars, beginning in the 1760s. The Baroque-style palace sits on the Neva River (pictured) and is three stories tall.

The Palace was built in 1754-1762 for Empress Elizabeth, the daughter of Peter the Great.

Below to the left is a wonderful view of one of the many canals in Saint Petersburg. This particular canal runs between the Winter Palace and Hermitage Museum.