faberge egg in museum

The Faberge Museum in St Petersburg has a world-class collection of Russian decorative / applied and fine arts, which as of today contains more than 4,000 works and in terms of size and superlative quality has become one of the best in the world. 

This privately owned museum was opened in November 2013 in the Shuvalov Palace on the Fontanka River Embankment and was founded by the “Link of Times” Cultural Historical Foundation, established by Russian entrepreneur Viktor Vekselberg in 2004 with a purpose of repatriating lost cultural treasures to Russia; actually the foundation tracked the emergence of Russian masterpieces and jewelry in Europe, Asia, and North and South America over the course of ten years: as a result of this work the Foundation managed to make an outstanding collection of Faberge Masterpieces (including 14 Easter Eggs and numerous objets de virtue and objets de fantaisie ), a collection of gift boxes (decorated with enamel portraits of almost all the Romanov family) , and unparalleled collection of Russian enamels and many more invaluable pieces of art.

The collection is situated in 9 beautiful rooms of Shuvalov Palace (which was restored at the expense of Mr. Vekselberg’s foundation).

Knights Hall

Military Memorabilia Art — Special attention should be paid to the unique silver kovsh (ladle) made by Yury Rappoport and weighing 10 kilograms. Yuri was an outstanding craftsman at the House of Faberge, and the ladle was given by Prince V.S Obolensky to the officers of his regiment in 1891.

Russian Silver sculpture

Red Room

Russian Silver — The Sazikov factory is the oldest jewelry company in Russia; contemporaries of Ignaty Sazikov always used the word “first” constantly in relation to the jeweler: do not forget to look at his original Russian style tea set made in 1848 to honor the marriage of Grand Duke Konstantin Konstantinovich Romanov.

faberge egg with surprise

Blue Room

Faberge Easter Egg Masterpieces — There are 14 Faberge Easter Eggs on display (out of a total number of 50 made by the company — the biggest collection in the world), including 9 Easter Imperial Eggs made by the Faberge Company by orders of two last Russian Tsars — Alexander III and his son, Nikholas II, as well as a surprise from the Egg of 1885 year, which was lost. It took Faberge one year to make each egg and it was personally delivered (with rare exception) by Faberge either to Alexander III or Nikholas II.

Gold Room

Gifts from the Tsar — «objets de fantaisie» made by Faberge masters and gold presentation boxes. Tobacco boxes remained one of the most popular gifts in the court; they could be decorated both in national symbols and in the monograms of the Royal Family as well as with portraits of Tsars from Peter the Great to Nikholas II — they very different and are exceptionally elegant and beautiful. One of the main areas of artistic activity for Faberge’s company was making so-called objets de fantaisie jewelry, that often didn’t have any practical purpose; the most precious and rare works of that kind on display are poly-stone sculptures of common people, flowers, and miniature furniture.

ornate clock

Anteroom

Jewelry, Precious Goods, Accessories and Clocks — Carl Faberge was very well educated to run his own family company, learning fine arts and business in Europe: we believe he was talented in marketing policy, making both unique, single copy works as well as mass-produced goods which were designed for all social classes, but his brilliant jewelry –crafting skills, original ideas, wonderful sense of style, and exquisite materials went unchanged (look at numerous cigarette cases, a collection of ladies’ belt buckles, handles for umbrellas, brooches, frames for photos, desktop clocks decorated with famous Faberge enamels — more than 144 colors – the secret of making of many of them was lost).

enamel urn and cups

The White and Sky Blue Rooms

Russian Porcelain of the XIX Century — Works with enamel from the leading Russian firms (silver items made by P. Ovchinnikov and I. Khlebnikov’s factories, which were Imperial Court suppliers, are among many extremely beautiful items on display in this room).

silver fish clock

Exhibition room

Stone Cutter Pieces by the House of Faberge and His Contemporaries — Russian paintings from the XIX century including unsurpassed seascape painter Ivan Aivazovsky and Konstantin Makovsky (for his “The Judgment of Paris”, for which he was awarded the Grand Gold Medal and the Order of the Legion of Honor at the World Exhibition in Paris in 1889). The Faberge Museum also gives you an idea of the high level of Russian stone carving at the turn of XIX-XX centuries: jade, Ural jasper, agate, malachite, and unique Sedelnikov rhodonite were used for clocks, barometers, belts, trays, and cigarette cases. Originally this field was secondary at the house of Faberge, but as popularity of such products grew, it came to the forefront.

painting of Mary

Gothic Room

Russian Icons — The beautiful Russian icons were made using various jewelry techniques such as embossing, engraving, filigree, granulation, blackening, enamel etc.

Upper Dining Room

Russian and European Paintings — A collection from the XIX and XX centuries (including Pierre-Auguste Renoir, Louis Valtat, Henri Martin, Konstantin Korovin and more).

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The Faberge Museumhas the world-class collection of Faberge Masterpieces (including 14 Easter Eggs), gift boxes, Russian enamels etc.The collection is situated in 9 beautiful rooms of Shuvalov Palace. It was opened in November 2013 and was founded by the “Link of Times” Cultural Historical Foundation, established by Russian entrepreneur Viktor Vekselbergto repatriate lost cultural treasures to Russia.

The fourth tallest dome construction in the world. St Isaac’s Cathedral used to be the main Russian Orthodox Cathedral of the Russian Empire. The enormous decoration of the interior of the cathedral, was created in the Russian Academy of Fine Arts.Gilded bronze, malachite and lapis lazuli together with countless paintings, columns, mosaics, will take your breath away.

One of the best private palaces in the Europe .Its real gem is a home theater. Outstanding Russian singers and dancers performed there.In this palace young Felix Yusupov, the heir of the family, and other conspirators assassinated Grigory Rasputin.  During a visit to the palace you will learn about the plot of Felix and how it was brought to life.

Peter and Paul Fortress here our city was founded in 1703.Peter the Great started a fortress to protect the lands won back from Sweden. Now it is one of the most important 18th century fortresses in Russia and Europe.St Peter and Paul Cathedral is the burial place of almost all Russian Tsars from Peter the Great up to the last Russian Tsar Nicholas II and his family.

Many metro station vestibules and platforms are adorned with marble, granite, bas-reliefs and mosaics which makes them look like underground palaces. The very first 10 stations appeared after WWII and have various military and Soviet symbols reminding visitors about the glorious victory over Nazi Germany. Owing to the city’s swampy subsoil, most of the lines were built extremely deep underground.

Peterhof is definitely “a must-see” for any first-time visitor to St Petersburg.It is often called the “Russian Versailles”: it is a real “kingdom of fountains” and true paradise for little children (as well as adults) with amazing cascades, a variety of unique and playful fountains, Grand Peterhof Palace, and other small ones.

Catherine Palace Is a must to visit. Inside you will find a succession of interconnecting rooms in Baroque style and somewhere in the middle of that enfilade is the famous Amber Room which was called by contemporaries “the eighth wonder of the world”. The palace was badly damaged during WWII and amber panels were stolen by the Nazi. But they started restoration in 1979 and finished it in 2003.

St Petersburg Siege Memorialcommemorates the hardship that Leningrad‘s (the soviet name of our city) citizens endured during the siege which lasted 900 days (1941-1943) and took away about 1.5 mln lives. The most striking part of the memorial are the tableaux of soviet citizens facing south towards the enemy. It was designed to be viewed from a distance. In the subterranean memorial hall are relics from the siege.

Offers fresh food from all over the former Soviet Union: melons, tomatoes, farmhouse honey, pickles, sour cream, ham and gherkins, not to mention imports such as kiwi fruit. Most vendors offer the chance to taste a sliver before buying. Outside the market are “babushkas” (pensioners) who sell things they have grown at their dacha (summer cottage) or gathered in the forest.

Hermitage Museum one of the most important and oldest museums in the world. It has one of the largest collections of paintings. If you spent one minute viewing each exhibit of the Museum it would take you11 years to see everything. The collection of the French Impressionists is exhibited in the General staff building which is located opposite the Winter Palace.

Most famous for almost 21,000m² of mosaics that cover both the interior and the façade of the building. The mosaics were created in Russia, which makes them even more valuable. It is the only building in our citybuilt in the style of Moscow churches. The church was built on the place where Alexander II was assassinated, hence the name.

St Petersburg boat tours offer a perfect way to see the city under a bit different angle – sailing under numerous bridges along rivers and canals, and listening to curious stories from your guide. St Petersburg boat tours are especially majestic during the White Nights season in St Petersburg.

Alexander Palace was commissioned by Catherine II for her grandson, future Russian tsar Alexander I and later became the summer home of a succession of Imperial heirs, each of whom left their mark on the building.