Anichkov Palace, St. Petersburg

Anichkov Palace, St. Petersburg

Anichkov Palace is the former imperial palace of Empress Elizabeth of Russia. Named after the nearby Anichkov Bridge, it occupies an entire city block. The palace was built from 1741 to 1754. The original designer was Mikhail Zemtsov. The remaining construction was completed by Bartolomeo Francesco Rastrelli. The palace was renovated in 1778 by Ivan Starov.

The palace was a gift that passed from one person to another. Empress Elisabeth gave the palace to Count Aleksey Razumovsky. After the death the Count, Catherine the Great of Russia gave the palace to Prince Potemkin. Lastly, Alexander I gave the palace to his sister, Grand Duchess Elena Pavlovna of Russia.

The palace features a Baroque style and has two pavilions and a small museum. The rooms are beautifully decorated and are a worthwhile visit. Marble pillars, beautifully tiled floors, stunning chandeliers, bas-relief ceilings, and beautiful statues are some of the treats you will see.

After the Revolution, the palace was nationalized and became property of the Soviet State. Since 1936, the palace has housed an assortment of clubs for children. Each year the palace hosts a Christmas party for children whose parents were killed in the line of duty. Visitors can visit the museum if they call in advance. You must give the date, time, number of people, and contact information at the time of your request.
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Sight Name: Anichkov Palace
Sight Location: St. Petersburg, Russia
Sight Type: Attraction/Landmark
Guide(s) containing this sight: Nevsky Prospekt Walking Tour  

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