I'd like to tell you about the Hermitage Gallery, one of the largest and well known museums in the world. Two months ago together with my classmates I was on an excursion in St. Petersburg. I visited many places of interest including the Hermitage Gallery. I was very impressed by this museum of art. It was founded in 1764 by Catherine the Second when she bought 225 pictures in Berlin. Now the Hermitage consists of five buildings.
Now I'd like to tell you about paintings, sculptures and other works of art I've seen in the Hermitage Gallery. A great number of wonderful paintings are offered there. Everyone can find his own favourite paintings, for example the pictures of the world's greatest masters : Michelangelo, Raphael, Rembrandt, Rubens and many others. All great schools of painting are represented there: Italian, Spanish, German etc.
A few words about sculpture. I saw a lot of vases, statues and fountains. The most beautiful thing I have ever seen was the fountain which belonged to Alexander the Second.
Among the other outstanding pieces of art I saw was the coach of Catherine the Second and beautiful gobelens. It took 60 years to make one of these gobelens.
In conclusion, I'd like to stress that no one can see everything during one visit. To enjoy the Hermitage Gallery you must visit it several times.
The State Hermitage in St Petersburg is one of the world's most outstanding art museums. It is the largest fine arts museum in Russia.