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Kunstkammer (in German - "cabinet of curiosities") was incorporated in 1718 by architect. G. Mattarnovi. It was intended for the library and the collection of "monsters and rarities", collected by Peter I. During the period of construction of the Kunstkammer, which lasted from 1718 to 1734., Supervised the construction of several architects: G. Mattarnovi, H. Herbel, G. Kiaveri, MG Zemcov. In 1747 a major fire left the building only charred skeleton. Architect. SI Chevakinsky in 1754-1758 gg. managed to restore Kunstkammer, but without the upper tier of the tower. This part of the composition was reconstituted only in 1947-1948. architect. R. I.Kaplan-Ingel. Place to build Russia's first museum was very well chosen. Located on the waterfront of the Neva River, the building can be clearly seen from great distances. Lomonosov explained this location Kunstkammer that Peter I wanted it all "looked about science and reasoning to them would lovingly tended."

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