Winter and Christmas in St Petersburg
A cold day at the Palace Square (Dvortsovaya Ploshchad) , December 2012. The earliest and most celebrated building on the square is the baroque white-and-azure Winter Palace of Russian tsars (1754–62), which gave the square its name and where the State Hermitage Museum is located today. Pay a virtual visit to the Winterpalace! http://www.hermitagemuseum.org/html_En/05/hm5_7.html
The opposite, southern side of the square was designed in the shape of an arc by George von Velten in the late 18th century. These plans were executed half a century later, when Alexander I of Russia envisaged the square as a vast monument to the Russian victory over Napoleon and commissioned Carlo Rossi to design the bow-shaped Empire-style Building of the General Staff (1819–29), which centers on a double triumphal arch crowned with a Roman quadriga.
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