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