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.
54. The Antonio Vighi hall has a large portrait of Zinaida Yusupova.
58. A magnificent painted ceiling in the hall.
59. Heavy bronze chandelier.
60. Two doors out of the Coronation corridor lead into the same room – the Oak lounge.
61. The walls are decorated with medieval wood ornamentation.
62. Dutch ceramic.
63. The centrepiece of the hall is a Venetian dining table; its legs are particularly impressive.
64-66. We proceed to the theatre via the Museum corridor.
67. The theatre seats 176 guests. The count’s own box is at the upper level.
68. Ceiling decoration.
70. The great gilt theatre is a superb place to end our visit.