Yusupov Palace on the Moika 1

Yusupov Palace on the Moika is an indispensable item on any tourist program in St. Petersburg. There are almost thirty rooms with dazzling interiors, the finest furniture from different eras, a showcase of the lives of the pre-revolutionary Russian bourgeoisie. The palace was begun in 1770 for Count Andrei Shuvalov, but first wooden mansions for the princess Praskovya (niece of Peter I) were built on the site soon after the founding of the city. Five generations of the Yusupovs lived in the palace from 1830 to 1917. It was the jewel in the necklace of 57 palaces owned by the Yusupov clan. Rasputin was murdered in the basement of the palace in 1916. From 1925, the palace has served as a cultural centre for educators.

This has been translated from Deletant’s article Музей роскоши.

yus11. The facade of the palace is on the embankment of the river Moika; an outbuilding and colonnade describe a wide area, beyond which is the private garden.

yus22. Inside the palace there are two ceremonial storeys. Let us begin our exploration with the first.

yus33. The first room is the White Foyer.

yus4 4. In the former scullery with elegant wooden interiors is the souvenir shop.

yus55. Souvenir shop.

yus66. Next, we go into the Henry II guest room.

yus77. A fireplace with onyx columns.

yus8 8. The guest room is filled with soft light.

yus99. Next along is the Count’s library.

yus1010. The shelves are filled with old tomes.

yus1111. Here too is an elegant carved fireplace and lacquered garniture, by which it would have been comfortable to read.

To be continued.

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