*SeaDream Exclusive* - Hermitage by Night (Private)

We offer you a unique opportunity to step in the world-famous museum of the Hermitage when it is closed to general public.

There is no museum in the world that rivals the Hermitage in size and quality. Its collection is so large that it would take years to view it in its entirety. At last count, there were nearly three million works on exhibit. It includes works by Leonardo da Vinci, Michelangelo, Raphael, Titian, unique collections of Rembrandt, Rubens, French Impressionists Renoir, Cezanne, Manet, Monet, Pissarro, Van Gogh, Matisse, Gaugin and sculptures by Rodin. Visitors should also take advantage of its excellent Greek and Roman antiquities collection and its exhibits of Siberian and Central Asian art. Not least among the attractions of the Hermitage is the museum itself, with its fine interior decoration and architectural detail. The origins of the Hermitage can be traced back to the private art collection of Peter the Great, who purchased numerous works during his travels abroad and later hung them in his residence. Catherine the Great expanded the collection considerably, and she and her successors built the Hermitage collection in large part with purchases of the private collections of the Western European aristocracy and monarchy. By the time Nicholas II ascended the throne in 1894, he was heir to the greatest collection of art in Europe. After the Revolution of 1917, the museum was opened to the public, and its collection was further augmented by the addition of modern works taken from private collections. The Peacock Clock is one of the attractions of the Hermitage. It was brought to Russia from France as a gift to Catherine the Great from one of her favorites. In the 18th century this clock was considered a real rarity. The mechanism of the clock is hidden under a mushroom and on top of the mushroom there is a gilded peacock, a rooster and an owl. When the clock is wound up the peacock spreads its tail, the rooster crows and the owl blinks.

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Port: St. Petersburg

Duration: The duration is not specified.

Price: 179

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