Yusupov palace

Tours, concerts and a classy restaurant

Stretching along the Moika Embankment is a seemingly dull yellow building. It isn’t until you enter it that you realise its royalty. Prince Yusupov was one of the richest men in the country and a collector of the finest art. The palace played host to the infamous murder of Gregory Rasputin, a self-proclaimed mystic and holy man who won the favour of the Tsars.

The Yusupov Palace is a unique architectural complex of the 18th -19th centuries, a historical and cultural monument of national importance. It deservedly attained the fame of being an “encyclopaedia” of aristocratic interior. The palace is one of the few estates that not only have grand apartments, an art gallery and a domestic theatre, but have been preserved to the extent that the luxurious living rooms of former owners remain.

Visitors today can take an insightful tour of the chain of events. The cellars contain a wax exhibit dedicated to the murder, featuring a grand display. A separate tour leads you through the other interiors of the palace. The building also served as a hospital during the Siege of Leningrad in World War II.

Among the multitude of rooms is a highly exquisite theatre that seats 180 people. Its small but ornate design gives a feel of exclusivity with its golden walls and railings. Travel to st Petersburg