“Yusupov Gardens, St Petersburg”
This stunning palace sits on the Moika Embankment as the only mansion of the St. Petersburg nobility created by the most talented 18th Century architects, sculptors and artists from Russia and all over the world.
Decorated with a six-column portico, the palace is a delightfully ornate piece of architecture with elegant silhouettes. The site used to belong to the Prince Shuvalov which was overbuilt in the 1760s. It became property of Prince Yusupov in 1830, one of the richest and most powerful people in Russia. He ordered a new wing and a rebuild of the gala rooms of the palace. Architects such as I. Monigetti, A. Stepanov, A. Vaitens and others all participated in the amazing transformation and planning of the interior.
The palace now features original interiors from the 19th Century with rooms decorated in various, gorgeous styles such as the baroque, Empire Style, Oriental Style and Neoclassism.
The interior will take your breath away with rich, charming decorations, paintings, carvings, marble, mirrors, crystal chandeliers, silk and exquisite furniture. The Yusupov family possessed an extensive collection of paintings, sculptures and works of art which are on display, completing an incredibly impressive, intricately detailed Russian palace.
in 1916 the palace became the setting of the murder of one of the most scandalous figures in Russian history – Grigory Rasputin. Nowadays the cellar where the dramatic events took place has the exhibition “Grigory Rasputin: Pages of Life and Death”. The visitors can see the wax figures of Rasputin and plotters and other interesting exhibits.
If you need a car transfer please leave a note in the excursion request.
Location: Russia, St-Petersburg
Category: Culture and History
Duration: 4 hours
A local guide and any other fees including any museum entrance fees. Meals and transfers included only where stated
For groups of more than 6 people, price will be provided on application.
Restrictions: Available every day, 11:00-16:00 – No Restrictions but involves walking.
Physical rating: Easy – Suitable for all