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.
12. Ahead, we have the secretariat.
13. Instead of windows, there are stained glass panes with lighting.
14. From the wooden-rosette adumbrated ceiling hangs a massive crystal chandelier.
15. Next is the Turkish (billiards) room, with an unusual blue tablecloth.
16. Beyond the billiards room is perhaps the most famous room of the palace – the Mauritanian reception room, which reminds us of the oriental origins of the Yusupov family.
17. Taking pictures in the hall was somewhat stymied by the restoration work that is going on. (There are cracks in the walls from the various rebuilding works.)
18. Having finished the lower floor, let us go to the ceremonial staircase.
19. The walls and ceilings are decorated with the finest stucco.
20. At the bottom of the stairs are marble vases.
21. In the niches are classical style sculptures.
22. In the corners of the landing are gilded candelabras taller than a man.
23. Dragons on the candelabras.
To be continued.