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Palaces and Museums of Saint Petersburg

Saint Petersburg is often called "The Northern Palmyra" due to its architecture style and harmony. Included in the list of the World's Heritage of UNESCO and one of the world's most attractive tourist destinations, the city center is full of architectural masterpieces like impressive marvelous palaces, created in every style of architecture from Baroque to Art Nouveau. Awesome facades, lavish interiors and rich historical background form the unique atmosphere of these buildings, most of which were turned into museums.

Belosselsky-Belozersky Palace

The palace became the last private palace which was constructed on Nevsky Prospect and was inspired by Stroganov palace. Inside there are few original interiors which are well preserved, art gallery and concert hall.

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Engineer (Mikhailovsky) Castle

The Palace was built by the project of Emperor Paul I to conceal himself from the potential dangers. Ironically, Paul I was assassinated in his own bedroom only 40 nights after he moved in a new palace-castle.

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Marble Palace

It is one of the most beautiful palaces in Saint Petersburg. Its exterior and interior are decorated with more than 30 kinds of marble. Nowadays it is a branch of State Russian museum, temporary exhibitions are held there.

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Menshikovsky Palace

Being one of the oldest buildings in the city, Menshikov Palace is situated on Universitetskaya Embankment on Vasilevsky Island. Nowadays it is a branch of the Hermitage Museum with a collection of Russian art of the late 17th-early 18th century.

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Stroganovsky Palace

It is a magnificent decoration of the Nevsky Prospect, built in the middle of the 18th century. Nowadays some rooms with unique interiors are opened for visitors and exhibitions of Russian Museum are displayed there.

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Taurida Palace

It is an outstanding work of Russian classicism of the late 18th century. Nowadays the palace houses the Higher School for party functionaries, while the main hall of the palace is frequently used for different international meetings and conferences.

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Yelagin Palace

It is situated on Yelagin Island and was used as a royal summer palace of Tsar Alexander I. The palace houses an exhibition of former imperial residence gala halls with the genuine palace furniture of the 19th century and a collection of applied art.

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Yusupov Palace

The Palace of Moika embankment belonged to a wealthy Yusupov family and is famous for its majestic and luxurious decorations, as well as the palce of murder of Nicolas II favourite - Grigory Rasputin.

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The Hermitage (Winter Palace) 

One of the largest and oldest museums in the world which appeared in 1764 as a place for the private collections of Catherine II boasts more than 3 000 000 items in 5 magnificent buildings, created by famous architects of the 18-19th century.

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The State Russian Museum

The Emperor Museum of the Russian Art named after Alexander III was opened in 1898. The collection of the museum consists of 400,000 works of art covering the entire history of Russian fine art from the 10th century to the present day.

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Russian Academy of Fine Arts

Museum of the Russian Academy of Fine Arts is a unique art collection not only in Russia, but in the world. The exposition shows the works by the students of the Academy together with the works which brought academic titles to their creators.

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Peter and Paul's Fortress

The Peter and Paul's Fortress was established in May 1703 and is the oldest building of the city. It fact, it was never used for any military purposes, except for the October revolution of 1917, and then was turned into the museum.

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The Museum of Artillery, Engineers and Signal Corps

Founded in 1703 on the territory of Peter and Paul's Fortress, the museum nowadays is one of the largest museum of these type in the world, featuring a precious collections of arms and military equipment, as well as archival documents and paintings.

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The Central Naval Museum

The world famous naval museum was founded by Peter the Great in 1709. Devoted to the history of the Russian navy, the museum has a great collection of over 800,000 exhibits and unique ship models. The Aurora battleship is a branch of musuem.

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The Museum of Railway Transport

Founded as the educational base for the students and engineers of communications, the museum shows the history of railway transport with the original objects of engineering, unique models of steam locomotives, carriages and bridges.

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The Museum of Political History

The museum is a successor of the State Museum of Revolution, created by the Petrograd Soviet. Now it is one of few museums carrying out demonstration of political, economic, and social life of Russian society in the 19th-21st centuries.

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Historical Memorial Museum of Smolny

Originally planned as a a Smolny Convent, it was used as Smolny Institute - the first Russian educational institution for women. Nowadays it is used by the Government and the Administration of the city, but the cathedral is opened for visitors.

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Kunstkamera

The Chamber of Curiosities (Kunstkamera) is the oldest museum of Saint Petersburg. Up to the moment it houses 2 museums – the museum of Ethnography and Anthropology of People and the Lomonosov museum.

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Russian Ethnographic Museum

It's a unique museum, where you can get acquainted with primordially Russian culture of people living in different parts of Russia. The collection of the museum contains about half a million exhibits reflecting the life of 150 peoples of Russia.

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Russian Zoological Museum

The world famous St.Petersburg Zoological museum is one of the largest of its kind. Nowadays about 40,000 animals are included in the exhibitions of the Museum, and its scientific collections include more than 15 millions specimens.

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The Museum of Arctic and Antarctic

It was established in 1930 as part of the Soviet Arctic and Antarctic Research Institute and is the only museum in Russia, devoted to the discovery and history, natural environment, the economy and culture of the polar regions of the planet.

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Suvorov Memorial Museum

It was founded in honor of the great Russian Generalissimo Alexander V. Suvorov by the decree of Nicolas II. A fortress-like museum's facades of the wings are decorated with two monumental mosaic panels.

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Alexandr Pushkin Apartment Museum

It is one of the most famous museums in St.Petersburg which is situated on 12, Moika river embankment and which is known as the last residence of the Russian poet Alexander Pushkin.

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Anna Akhmatova Memorial Museum

Situated in the Fontain House (the Sheremetevsky palace), the museum contains well-known portraits and photographs of the poetess and her contemporaries, books from her library, unique autographs of Silver Age poets and assorted memorabilia.

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Fyodor Dostoevsky Literary and Memorial Museum

It is situated in the very heart of the city next to Vladimirsky Cathedral in the appartment, where F.Dostoevsky wrote his famous roman "Karamazov Brothers" and houses the archive documents, books and belongings of the writer.

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