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The Hermitage is one of the 3 biggest museums in the world of the caliber of Madrid's Prado and Paris's Louvre. The State Hermitage occupies six magnificent buildings situated along the embankment of the River Neva, right in the heart of St Petersburg-Palace Square. The leading role in this unique architectural ensemble is played by the Winter Palace, the residence of the Russian tsars that was built to the design of Francesco Bartolomeo Rastrelli in 1754-62. This ensemble is extended by the eastern wing of the General Staff building, the Menshikov Palace and the recently constructed Repository.
The Hermitage collection of works of art counts over 3,000,000 items, which are presented in 400 halls. During one visit you have the opportunity to see world-famous rooms of this museum-Gold drawing-room, Stage hall, Malachite Room, Loggia of Raffail and etc. On the second floor there are works by Leonardo da Vinci, Rembrandt and German, France, Flemish, Spanish, English, Dutch paintings. Besides you have a chance to join France impressionism or antique halls or art of ancient Egypt or Gold larder and Scythian Gold…

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