The Winter Palace is in Saint Petersburg in Russia. It was the winter residence of the Tsars and was built between 1754 and 1762. Nowadays, the palace hosts the Hermitage Museum where some of the great international art masterpieces are kept. The location, in the real city centre, nearby the Neva and Palace Square, is perfect and represents an ideal union between what it contains and how it appears from the outside. It was built by Peter the Great.