The huge building, designed by architect K. Rossi for the General Staff and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, organically fit into the space of Palace Square. The majestic monumental arch span of 17 meters, embodying the idea of victory in the Patriotic War of 1812, crowned with a chariot drawn by six horses, with soldiers and the figure of Glory. In 2013, a large-scale reconstruction of the Eastern wing of the General Staff building was completed. It houses the exhibition of the State Hermitage Museum. Under the arch of the General Staff you can see the clock, on the dial of which you can see the inscription: “The main chamber. Exact time". They were installed in 1905 on the initiative of DI Mendeleev. If the Winter Palace is a long queue, you can look at the General Headquarters. After examining its exposition, you can safely tell your friends that the Hermitage has been visited.