94 Moyka Embankment
020 3011 3102
|Flight time from UK:
||3 hrs 20 mins
||GMT +3 hours
|Location & Parking:
||City centre 15km from the main airport.
The Yusupov palace is on the embankment of the Moika river and is the St. Petersburg Palace of Culture for Educators
The Yusupov Palace, a unique historical landmark of federal importance showcasing architectural trends from the 18th through to the 20th centuries, has been acclaimed as the "encyclopedia" of St. Petersburg aristocratic interior design. The Yusupov Palace is one of the few aristocratic mansions still in existence in St. Petersburg.
The history of the palace and surrounding estate dates back to the epoch of Peter the Great, who founded St. Petersburg as new Russian capital. Five generations of Russia's elite aristocratic dynasty, the Yusupovs, owned the palace between 1830 and 1917. Many of Russia's and St. Petersburg's historical highlights were associated with the Yusupov family house on the Moika.
The palace went down in Russian history as the place where the mysterious monk Grigory Rasputin was assassinated, a Siberian peasant who became the spiritual mentor and friend of Nicholas II and the Royal Family in the early 20th century. The tragedy took place in the night on December 17, 1916 in the private annex of Prince Felix Yusupov, now housing a historical exhibit recreating the assassination scene.
In 1925, the Yusupov Palace was handed over to the city's pedagogical society. The palace still serves as a Palace of Culture for Educators, which in the 1990s was reinvented as a diversified historical and cultural center promoting museum activities, theater performances, music concerts, cultural and educational events.