General Staff Building

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Carl Rossi completed construction of the majestic General Staff Building in 1829. Right across from the grand passage to the Winter Palace is the Triumphal Arch crowned by the chariot of goddess Nike. The right wing of the General Staff Building, the one closer to Nevsky Prospect, housed the War Ministry and the General Staff. The left wing was the provenance of the Finance and Foreign ministries. Today, the left wing houses an excellent collection of Impressionist painters from the Hermitage funds. At the eastern side of the square is the building of the Guard Corps Headquarters.

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First Thursday of every month, December 7 - free admission.