PLACES: The Winter Palace & Hermitage Museum of Saint Petersburg, Russia

If there ever was a time when richness and splendor was truly lived to the fullest extent, it would be the 1760s, the time when the Winter Palace served as the main residence of Russian Tsars, including a majority of the Romanovs. Built between 1754 to 1762 for Empress Elizabeth, daughter of Peter the Great who unfortunately passed before its completion, the palace became the home of Catherine the Great and her successors.

There cannot possibly never a thing as “too many” photos of chandeliers as you will find plenty dazzling examples as you click/swipe through to learn more about the Winter Palace, its housing of the Hermitage Museum, and many other photos of baroque interiors.

Photo: Michael Creasy

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