Interesting Facts About the Winter Palace.
Probably any trip to St. Petersburg includes a visit to the famous winter Palace, as it is the main Palace of St Petersburg.
1. The Hermitage is huge. The Tzars of all Russia, ruled from this Palace the area of more than 22 million square kilometers and 150 million people. The Winter Palace has 1057 rooms, 117 staircases, 1945 windows and 1,786 doors. The total length of the main cornice flanking the building, almost 2 km.
2. The total number of sculptures installed on the stone parapet roof of the Winter Palace— 176 pieces.
3. The construction of the Palace took place from 1754 to 1762. At the time of the building of the palace it was the tallest residential building in Saint-Petersburg. Empress Elizaveta Petrovna died, before she had a chance to live in the new mansion. Peter III inherited 60 000 square meters of the new housing.
5. After completion of construction of the Winter Palace the entire area before it was littered with debris. Emperor Peter III decided to get rid of it in an original way — he issued a decree announcing to the people that anyone can take from the square anything, and free. After a few hours all the debris and rubbish had been cleared.
6. In 1837 the Palace had burnt down. The whole Imperial family was left homeless. However, the 6,000 unknown workers saved the situation, working day and night for 15 months, the Palace was completely restored.
7. The Winter Palace was repainted in different colors many times. It was red and pink at times. Its was painted into its present pale green color in 1946.
8. Winter Palace is an absolutely monumental structure. It was designed to reflect the power and greatness of the Russian Empire. The length of the main facade of 150 meters and a height of 30.