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Some of the caryatids on display are real, others (higher up on the walls) are simply painted for effect.
The interior of the Winter Palace was largely destroyed by fire in 1837, then rebuilt by Vasily Stasov, who is said to have toned down the original design. Considering the amount of detail and decoration, it's hard to imagine how the original could have appeared busier. :-)
If the rooms that follow feel a bit cold and unlivable ~ they were. They were designed primarily as a display of power; the comfort of home was secondary.
Address: Dvortsovaya nab. 34-6
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