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Menshikov Palace was the first stone building in the city

Since 1981, it has served as a public museum, a branch of the Hermitage Museum.

The palace was founded in 1710 as a residence of Saint Petersburg Governor General Alexander Menshikov and built by Italian architects Giovanni Maria Fontana, and, later, German architect Gottfried Johann Schädel. It was opened in 1711, but the construction continued until 1727 (assisted by Domenico Trezzini, Bartolomeo Rastrelli, Georg Johann Mattarnovy and Jean-Baptiste Le Blond), when Menshikov with his family was exiled to Siberia and his property was confiscated.

In 1731, Cadet Corps were established and occupied the palace and neighboring buildings. At the end of the 19th century the Menshikov Palace was restored and became the museum of the Corps. In 1924, its collections were moved to the Hermitage and other museums. From 1956-1981 the Menshikov Palace was restored again and finally opened to the public as a branch of the Hermitage Museum with a collection of Russian art of the late 17th-early 18th century.

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Germans in St. Petersburg

This route will tell you more about the people, that left their homeland in order to put a great effort in building our city.

Baroque monuments in St. Petersburg

This route will not only make you familiar with the baroque monuments spread all over our city, but also will disclose why baroque architecture strayed so much from the european traditions. 

3 h

Palace revolution epoch

The route will get you acquainted with the times that lasted from the death of Peter I till the enthronement of Catherine II

3 h

Aristocratic dynasties of Petersburg

The route describes the history of a famous Aristocratic dynasties and demonstrate the palaces in which they lived

3 h

St. Peterburg of Peter the Great's times

This route will help you to open little-known, but intresting facts about the city and makes you sure that many traditions from the past carry on to exist in the present life

3 h

Favourites of Russian emperors

Favourite were the intimate companions of Russian rulers or other important person

3 h
  • Address: St. Petersburg, Universitetskaya nab., 15
  • Phone Number: +7 (812) 571-34-65
  • Site: www.hermitagemuseum.org
  • Working time:
    Monday: Free
    Tuesday: 11:00 - 18:00
    Wednesday: 11:00 - 21:00
    Thursday - Sunday: 11:00 - 18:00
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