Hermitage is one of the largest museums not only in Russia but in the entire world. Its building complex includes The Winter Palace, the Hermitage theatre, the Small, Large, and New Hermitage.
The number of halls is truly remarkable: there’s over 400 of them! Tourists from all over the world are eager to visit this unforgettable place. No one has ever been able to see all the museum’s exhibits in a single day, so many people come back here again and again.
We have prepared an account of the seven halls that are worth visiting first. The visit will take the whole day.
Leonardo da Vinci’s Hall
This hall exhibits the works of the famous Italian artist, Leonardo da Vinci. His name is known to all people from all over the world dream to see his works personally. The famous Madonna Litta draws the visitors’ attention. A woman with a child personifies love as the greatest human virtue. The composition of the picture is so harmonious.
The Hall of Ancient Egypt
In this hall, you will find the relics of Ancient Egypt. It may seem as if a time machine has transported you back in time. Here you can see sarcophagus, reliefs, household items. Each item has its own history. The statue of Queen Cleopatra is so realistic that it may seem about to come to life.
The visitors’ attention is drawn to the statue of the goddess Sekhmet, the daughter of the solar deity. She’s got a lion’s head; they say she had a way with magical powers and could cure disease. At one time, she was the patroness of physicians. Almost every item in this room is no less fascinating, so consider paying attention to all the exhibits.
The Knights’ Hall
If you’re naturally inclined to romance, make sure to visit the Hall of Knights, where you can take a closer look at 16th-century armor, a collection of weapons and ceremonial items, hunting weapons, various helmets, and sets of spurs. You can find yourself immersed in the medieval era. All this equipment was made by weaponsmiths from France, Germany, Italy, and other countries.
The Pavilion Hall
This hall was created in the mid-19th century. Its incredible beauty, harmony, and elegance make the visitor forget the hustle and bustle of the world and enjoy the luxury. Marble fountains, the glitter of crystal chandeliers, gilded mouldings—everything here is mesmerizing. Decorative tables are skillfully inlaid with mosaic, whereas the floor decorations depict fantastic scenes from classical mythology with Medusa in the lead. The interior harmoniously combines antique, Renaissance, and Moorish motives.
The Saint George’s Hall
In 1795, the Hermitage opened the Saint George’s hall, designed by Giacomo Quarenghi; it was also known as the throne room. After a fire in 1837, it has been rebuilt completely. The new design used white Carrara marble; the ceiling was decorated with a painted plafond. The parquet, impressive in its beauty, comprises sixteen species of wood.
The main attraction of the hall is the throne. Covered with velvet, it stands on the podium; right behind it is the coat of arms of the state. Above the throne you can see a bas-relief of Saint George the Victorious, smiting the dragon with his spear.
The Hall of Dionysus
The Dionysus hall is an exhibition of ancient Roman sculpture. It features statues that once adorned gardens and galleries. The hall itself is named after Dionysus, the god of wine and winemaking, the patron of all vegetation. His statue stands out between the others; it is larger in size, and smaller details are more skillfully carved.
The Athena’s Hall
The room itself is very beautiful. The floor is decorated with mosaics; the six gray-blue marble columns bring harmony and completeness to the interior. The hall features Greek monuments, tombstones, coins, and vases.
Consider paying special attention to the statue of Athena, the goddess of wisdom and war. Even without reading the name plaque on the sculpture, you can easily guess what kind of goddess is before you. Formidable look on her face, strong body, broad shoulders, and posture — you can recognize Athena in all of this.
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