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50: The Armorial Hall    
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The Armorial Hall of the Winter Palace, intended for official ceremonies, was designed by Vasily Stasov in the late 1830s. The shields with the coats of arms and heraldic emblems of all the provinces of Russia are arranged on the gilt bronze chandeliers. The entrance to the hall is accentuated with the sculptural groups of old Russian warriors. The slender colonnade supporting the balcony with the balustrade, the frieze decorated with the ornaments of the acanthus leaves and the combination of gold with the white colour of the walls and columns produce the impression of magnificence and splendour. In the centre of the hall stands a large decorative vase made of aventurine at the Ekaterinburg Lapidary Works in 1842.



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