The Beloselsky-Belozersky Palace

This remarkable palace which was built in the so-called ‘second baroque’ style is situated at the corner of Nevsky Avenue and the Fontanka Embankment where the Duchess A. Beloselkaya bought a small stone house from I. Naryshkin in 1797.
The Duke Konstantin Beloselsky-Belozersky ordered the architect Andrei Stackenshneider to rebuild the building. During 1847-1848 the palace was entirely refashioned and acquired a contemporary look. After the reconstruction in the “new baroque” style the building resembled Rastrelli’s architectural works.

The Danish immigrant David Jensen was invited to make the exterior finish of the palace. The telamons and caryatids on the palace’s facades are made based on the samples of the architect. The interior finish was made by Stackenshneider. The perfect examples of his work are the wide front stair-case and marble mantelpieces. Throughout the length of the staircase wherever the sculptures and caryatides were placed; they supported gilt chandeliers. The elegant ciphers of the owner’s initials were inserted into the laced stair railing. The library was finished with a special magnificence: the walls were covered with boiserie and upholstered with silk, the mantelpiece was decorated with a relief painting and the enormous mirror was put in a gilt frame.

The owner of the palace died and his widow Yelena Pavlovna married Vasily Kochubey and moved to this mansion at the Liteiny Avenue. Yelena Pavlovna’s son, aid-de-camp Konstantin Beloselsky married Nadezhda Dmitriyevna in 1865 and the family made the palace their home. The palace was still considered as one of the most fashionable places in St. Petersburg. But all of a sudden the economic crisis came. The Duke Kochubey tried to rectify the situation by taking credits from the government but it was to no effect and was forced to give the palace to the State as payment of a debt.

The Emperor Alexander III gave the palace to his younger brother Sergey Alexandrovich in 1884. It was a wedding present on the occasion of the marriage of the Grand Duke and Elizabeth Fyodorovna. The palace was passed to Sergey Alexandrovich’s nephew, Dmitry Pavlovich who was the favourite of the last Russian Tsar Nicholas II.

During World War I the palace was used as a British-Russian military hospital. Following the Revolution of 1917 the palace was nationalised like many of the other city’s buildings. The palace was handed over to the Committee of Culture of St. Petersburg’s Mayor’s office in 1991. A historic museum was opened here at the beginning of the 21st century. The museum numbers over 200 figures of historical personalities starting from the age of Ivan the Terrible. A concert hall is arranged in the museum where various musical performances take place on a regular basis. Tour to st Petersburg