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  • Around seventy cats live in the basement of the State Hermitage Museum. The cats were first brought to the grounds to control mice and rats.

  • The Hermitage holds the greatest collection of Rembrandt artwork in the world, with more than forty of his works.

  • The original Amber Room in Catherine Palace was dubbed the "eighth wonder of the world."

  • The original Amber Room consisted of six tons of precious amber. Historians estimate that the amber is worth around $142 million in today’s dollars.

  • The courtyard of the Catherine Palace covers an area of 118,000 square feet.