Visit to the Russian Museum. The biggest collection of Russian art in the city is located in this majestic palace built by the Grand Duke Michael, son of Tsar Paul I, and designed by Carlo Rossi. Inaugurated by Nicholas II in 1895, its 320,000 exhibits beautifully demonstrate the evolution of Russian art from the 11th century onward. We will admire excellent examples of Russian pictorial art, including Soviet Realism, subjects of decorative art, and traditional crafts, as well as one of the world’s best collections of applied arts and sculptures. However, the most famous treasures of the museum are undoubtedly the splendid icons of Andrei Rublev.