A visit to St. Petersburg feels like you’re stepping into a world of beautiful culture and endless art. Upon getting your visa (Mercury Jet’s friendly and professional concierge staff can help you with that), you can definitely look forward to the city’s vast collections of art and immaculate architecture.
Unlike Russia’s other cities like Moscow or Vladivostok, St. Petersburg is as beautiful, opulent and historic as it gets. For an art lover’s getaway to this historic and amazing city, below are three museums that are necessary to visit.
St. Petersburg State Hermitage Museum
The Hermitage Museum of art and culture is one of the oldest and the second largest museum in the world. Founded in 1764 when Empress Catherine the Great acquired a collection of paintings, the museum has been open to the public since 1852 and houses the world’s largest collection of paintings including those of Russian art, and entire rooms dedicated to the big names of Western European art as well. Additionally, the museum has an impressive display of Picasso’s ceramics.
Peter Carlos Faberge is one of the most famous Russian jewelers in history, known to have designed the group of nine Imperial Easter eggs for the last two Russian tsars, a highlight of the museum to this day. Additionally, the privately-owned museum has a collection of more than 4,000 works of decorative arts, including silk-lined walls and decorative ceilings.
The Peterhof Palace
Sometimes referred to as the “Russian Versailles,” the Peterhof Palace is a number of palaces and gardens that have been formed to the orders of Peter the Great. Located near the city, the palaces and gardens are also a UNESCO World Heritage Site and display perfectly manicured lawns, sculptures and fountains.
Keeping with the theme of your art vacation, there is no place to stay like that of Demetra Art Hotel, which its numerous partnerships with museums and works of art exhibited inside the hotel. Additionally, the Belmond Grand Hotel is also a luxury hotel that is historical and famous for its grand architecture and fine dining that you could only expect to find in Russia.