The Winter Palace is the main imperial palace of Russia, located at the address: Palace Square, 2 / Palace Embankment, 38, the city of St. Petersburg. The current building of the palace was built in 1754-1762 by the Russian architect of Italian origin Bartolomeo Francesco Rastrelli in the style of the magnificent Elizabethan baroque with elements of French Rococo in the interiors. Since the Soviet era, the main exposition of the State Hermitage Museum has been placed within the walls of the palace.
Since the end of construction in 1762 to 1904, it has been used as the official winter residence of Russian emperors. In 1904, Nicholas II transferred the permanent residence to the Alexander Palace in Tsarskoye Selo. From October 1915 to November 1917, the Tsarevich Alexei Nikolayevich Hospital worked in the palace.