Catherine the Great's mechanical dinner table created a luxurious private affair. Guests arrived by invite only and wait staff were kept out of earshot to minimize gossip and scandal.
Based in the heart of St. Petersburg, the State Hermitage is one of the largest museums on Earth, housing more than three million treasures of art and archeology, each one with a story to tell. Take a private tour through its majestic palace halls and secluded passageways as we delve into the vast collection. We reveal secrets involving Catherine the Great’s lusty appetite, Rasputin’s real killer, a World War II-inspired exodus of art and felines, and an investigation of Peter the Great that may change the reputation of the city’s namesake forever.
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