Although most people before they travel to Russia think of Russia as the land of snow and cold, the country is rich with its breathtaking views and historical monuments. If you are planning to journey to Russia, then our Russia tour is an ideal choice for you. This time we have decided to take you to one of the most attractions of Saint Petersburg, Moika Palace. The yellow canary facade of the palace is the first thing that attracts you, a different architecture in comparison with the usual architecture of Saint Petersburg. After you walk into the palace, you will find a collection of magnificent saloons, ceremonial halls, and bedrooms in baroque style decorated with amazing colorful paintings, fantastic furnishings and golden chandeliers.
The palace was built in 1770 by Jean Baptiste, a French architect, and was located on the southern side of the historical center of the city, near the Mariinsky Theater. The interior of the palace is continuously changing for 200 years to show the noble luxury lifestyle of former emperors of Russia. The Russian architect, Mikhailov, expanded the palace and added five large halls and a mini-theater to the palace in the 1930s. Today several activities, such as exhibitions, theatrical shows, competitions, musical nights and educational speech take place in the palace. Over the years, the Moika Palace has been considered as a teaching and learning center and nowadays as a cultural museum, which remained untouched since the revolution and the Soviet Union.
The palace is also known as Yusupov Palace because it is one of the two surviving resorts of the Yusupov family. In 1830, Prince Nikolay Yusupov from a wealthy noble family purchased the palace, and the ownership of the palace belonged to Yusupov family until 1917. After that time the palace was known as the Yusupov Palace. In February 1917, when Russia was in the political chaos and revolutionary enthusiasm, Yusupovs decided to leave Saint Petersburg and move to Crimea. After the revolution, in 1925, Yusupov Palace was confiscated, and it was given to the department of education. During World War II the palace used as a hospital and got severe damage during the war by artillery fires. Most of the fame of this palace was related to the murder of Grigory Rasputin in 1916. The murder that took place on December 16, 1916, in the basement of the palace. The residents of the palace considered Rasputin a serious threat to Russia’s security and decided to murder him. At first, they poisoned him, then shot him and threw him into the Malaya Nevka River. The wax figures of the terrorists are shown in the palace, and also you can see Rasputin’s figure in the cell where he was killed (last evening of Grigori Rasputin).
The Moika Palace is one of the most significant tourist destinations, and a large museum is decorated with very glamorous rooms and a theater like jewelry, where the best shows are still staged. The palace, using their mild yellow walls, invite visitors who travel to Russia to get acquainted with the history and culture of the former Russian empire. Approximately 30 saloons with remarkable spaces, the finest artifacts from different periods and the charm of the pre-revolutionary bourgeoisie, all highlight the Moika Palace.
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Address: embankment river Moyka, 94, Sankt-Peterburg, Russia, 190000
Construction started: 1770