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Palaces of St.Petersburg

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The Summer Palace of Peter I
The Summer Palace of Peter I

One of the buildings, reached the modern times in the primordial condition, is the Summer palace, located in the Summer Garden. The architect D.Trezzini constructed the palace in the style of Peter?s baroque in 1710-1714.The palace is a two-storeyed building, consisting of the 14 rooms. The modest look of the palace was in line of the strict character of Peter I.


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The Winter palace
The Winter palace

The Winter palace was the main residence of the house of Romanovs. The palace was rebuilt 5 times. The first Winter palace was created for the Peter I in 1708. It was a little house in the Dutch style. In 1711 G.Mattanorvi and D.Trezzini reconstructed the palace for the needs of the married couple ? Peter I and Catherine I. In 1731 the Empress Anna Ioannovna ordered to rebuild the palace again.


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The Yusupov Palace
The Yusupov Palace

On the embankment of the Moyka River stands the mansion of Yusupovs family. The palace got its modern look during a few centuries. The most famous event that happened in Yusupov palace was the murder of G. Rasputin ? the peasant, who could force his way through the social staircase and who could become the spiritual mentor of the royal family. Nowadays in basement of the mansion (where Rasputin was killed) there is the exhibition, devoted to the last years of life and the murder of Rasputin.


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The Mariinsky Palace
The Mariinsky Palace

Mariinsky palace was given as a present by the Emperor Nicolay I to his daughter ? Maria, that?s why the palace got the title ? Mariinsky. The palace was finished in 1844 by A.Stakenschneider and it blended with the architectural ensemble of St. Isaac?s square harmonically. The palace has the unusual look because of the left wing that is shorter that the right wing at 30 meters.


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The Mikhailovsky Castle
The Mikhailovsky Castle

Mikhaylovsky Castle or the Engineering Castle was created for the Emperor Pavel I in 1797-1801. The palace got its title because of the House church, devoted to St. Michael Archangel, considered the protector of the royal house of Romanovs. The palace is called castle because Pavel I was the Master of the Maltese order and he liked to name things in the European manner. The other title ? Engineering ? the castle got after donation of the palace to the Chief Engineering School in 1823.


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The Stroganov Palace
The Stroganov Palace

Stroganov palace, located at the Nevsky prospect, was belonged to the family of counts Stroganovs. Stroganovs were the famous Russian patrons and collectors. They were closely connected with the royal family and the imperial architect B.Rastrelli who had no right to work to the private client got the royal permission to construct the palace for Stroganov family.


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The Anichkov Palace
The Anichkov Palace

Anichkov palace is the first construction, built of stone at the Nevsky prospect. This imperial palace got its title because of Anichkov bridge, located not far away from the palace. At Elizabeth?s time this part of the Nevsky prospect was the outskirts of the city. A battalion under the command of an ordinary officer M.Anichkov camped here and the battalion had been charged to construct the wooden bridge. That?s why the common people began calling the bridge of Anichkov and in due course the palace also got this title.


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The Marble Palace
The Marble Palace

The Marble palace stands between the Palace embankment and the Millionnaya Street. The Empress Catherine II ordered to construct the palace and gave it as a gift to her minion count Gr.Orlov. The palace was created from 1768 till 1785 by the architect A. Rinaldi. He used the natural stone for the decoration works of the facades. He used granite and more than 30 kinds of marble that?s why the palace got its title.


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The Beloselsky-Belozersky Palace
The Beloselsky-Belozersky Palace

The palace of Beloselsky-Belozersky stands on the corner of the Nevsky prospect and the embankment of the Fontanka river. The first proprietors of the palace were the famous Russian collectors and aesthetes ? the family of Beloselsky-Belozersky. In XVIII the architects J.-F.Tomas de Thomon and F.Demertzov designed the three-storeyed palace in the classical style.


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The Menshikov Palace
The Menshikov Palace

Menshikov?s palace belonged to the minion of Peter the Great ? Alexander Menshikov. Built in the style of ascetic Peter?s baroque, the palace became the first stone building in St. Petersburg. It?s interesting that Peter the First didn?t have his own residence, and spiteful tongues talked of that only a very well-to-do man could build such luxurious palace.


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The Tauride Palace
The Tauride Palace

The Tauride Palace


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The Vorontsov Palace
The Vorontsov Palace

Vorontsov palace, located at the Sadovaya (Garden) Street, was created for the chancellor M.Vorontsov. The palace and neighboring territory were designed by B.Rastrelli in 1749-57. The architect built the palace in the baroque style. In the palace there were more than 50 gala halls and rooms with magnificent decoration. The palace was separated from the Sadovaya Street with a court and a cast-iron fence. Behind the palace Rastrelli located a regular garden, stretched to the Fontanka River. The second title of the palace was the Chancellor?s House.


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The Elagin Palace
The Elagin Palace

Elagin palace, located at the highest part of Elagin Island, was titled in the honour of the first proprietor of the palace ? director of the court theatre I.Elagin. The old palace was supposed to be raised by G.Quarenghi. This palace was lost. In 1796 Elagin died and in 1816 the Emperor Alexander I bought the palace for his mother ? the widow-empress Maria Fyodorovna.


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