An unrivalled collection of art treasures houses in the Hermitage. This magnificent palace from which the Romanov tsars ruled the Russian Empire will inevitably be the focus of any first visit to St Petersburg.
"Though my soul may set in darkness, it will rise in perfect light; I have loved the stars too fondly to be fearful of the night." A little doodle by Charlie-Bowater for one the most beautiful lines from any poem, The Old Astronomer by Sarah Williams.
Painting of The Rotonda in the Winter Palace by Yefim Tukharinov in This circular hall, from the early century, links the state & private rooms of the palace & represents the final stage of the palace's evolution.