The State Hermitage Museum in Saint Petersburg contains of six buildings, the most important one being the Winter Palace which used to be the official residence of the Russian Tsars. The origins of the Hermitage can be traced back to the private art collection of Peter the Great. By the time Nicholas II ascended the throne in 1894, he was heir to the greatest collection of art in Europe. The Hermitage holds the Guinness World Record as having the world's largest collection of paintings. There are nearly three million works to be exhibited. The museum is especially strong in Italian Renaissance and French Impressionist paintings, as well as possessing outstanding collections of works by Rembrandt, Michelangelo, Picasso, and Matisse. In the Hermitage you will find art from world's most famous artists like Rembrandt, Leonardo da Vinci, Monet, Renoir, Cézanne, Vincent van Gogh, Picasso and Matisse. The Hermitage also houses an important collection of the world famous Fabergé jewellery.
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