Branch of the State Hermitage
Address: 6/8, Dvortsovaya Pl. (Palace Square)
Day of: Monday

The majestic building of the General Staff, a masterpiece of the Classical style, skirts Palace Square from the south in a wide semi-circle, being an integral part of its architectural ensemble. The architect Carlo Rossi erected the gorgeous building between 1819 and 1829 for the General Staff and two ministers – of foreign affairs and finance.

The central part of the facade is highlighted by a triumphal arch crowned with the Chariot of Glory (sculptors Stepan Pimenov and Vasily Demuth-Malinovsky) dedicated to the victory of the Russian Army in the Patriotic War of 1812.

In the 1990s the left (eastern) wing of the General Staff building was handed over to the State Hermitage Museum. The restored halls were used to open the museum’s new displays – “Under the Aegis of the Eagle: The Art of the Empire”, “Pierre Bonnard and Maurice Denis: Decorative Ensembles in the Hermitage Collection”, the Guard Museum – and to organize various temporary exhibitions.