Place: Palace Embankment
Construction time: 1771-1787
Architect: Georg Friedrich Veldten
Name Origin: Catherine the Great decided to place some samples of her art collection in the Small Hermitage. Later, the people began to associate the word “hermitage” with painting as a whole. That is why a new building, constructed for the Art gallery, received this name. It was called the Old Hermitage after the construction of the New Hermitage (1852). You can see the New Hermitage, the fifth building of the Hermitage Complex, only from Millionnaya Street.
Interesting fact: Here you can find the only two works by Leonardo da Vinci in Russia.