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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.