Place of Solitude The name of the Hermitage Museum, in St. Petersburg, Russia, came from the French and it means the "place of solitude." This was true when it was the Tsar's private museum, but now it is filled with millions of visitors a year. There are some quiet, elegant corners in the museum, but you really have to seek them out.
The State Hermitage The Winter Palace is one of the most splendid buildings in St. Petersburg. Almost all the Romanovs starting from Catherine the Great resided there. The palace had hundreds of rooms; many of them were State Halls the interiors of which are preserved till the present days and open to visitors.