The State Hermitage museum in Saint Petersburg is the twelfth largest museum in the World. Founded in 1764 by the Russian Empress Catherine the Great, following the acquisition of Western European paintings, it was to grow ever since to eventually open to the public in 1852. The Hermitage consists of six historic buildings facing the Neva river, the most famous of which being the Winter Palace with its very distinct green facade, slightly odd at first sight. The State Hermitage Museum’s collection contains over three million pieces (works of art and artifacts) with only a fraction of these on permanent display. Notably, it owns the largest painting collection in the World.

If you like the pictures in this gallery, you might also like the pictures of Saint Petersburg, the pictures of Saint Isaac’s Cathedral, all on :) The pictures in this gallery were shot with a Canon EOS 40D associated with Canon EF 17-40mm f4L USM and Canon EF 70-200mm f2.8L IS USM.

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