Palaces by the Fontanka River

Anichov Palace

Anichov Palace

Russia has many palaces in particular Saint Petersburg. That was partly because there was a decree that bans building in stone everywhere else other than Saint Petersburg in the historical times. You can see many different styles adopted, such as rococo architectural styles to Russian Revival styles. Nowadays, tourists can visit them like a museum of history and art or as a stately home. Events and even at times concerts are held at these glorious venues and the public and take a look at what Russia really has to offer.

Anichov Palace

On Nevsky Prospekt, there stood one of the oldest buildings next to the Anichkov Bridge. It is the Anichov Palace. Empress Elizabeth commissioned it but gave it to Aleksey Razumovsky, while Mikhail Zemtsov was the architect. Francesco Bartolomeo Rastrelli did the baroque decorations work. Later, this building was given to Grigoriy Potemkin from Catherine the Great. It was refashioned and became with a neo-classical façade which you can see today. Through several ownerships, from offices of the Cabinet of the Emperor near the end of 18th century to the being residence of the Imperial family members such as Nicholas I, Alexander II and III. Only after the October Revolution that it became a museum, then became Leningrad’s Pioneers’ Palace. It is called the Palace of Youth Creativity and for St. Petersburg’s prestigious secondary school called Anichkov Lycee. If you wish to take a look at the façade of this palace, it is located at 39, Nevsky Prospekt where you can take the public transportation to metro Nevsky Prospekt/Gostiny Dvor. One thing to note is, you cannot view the inside of the palace as it is not open to the public.

Beloselskiy-Belozerskiy Palace

Beloselskiy-Belozerskiy Palace

Beloselskiy-Belozerskiy Palace

The other palace that is along the same road to the Anichov Palace is the Beloselskiy-Belozerskiy Palace. It stands with an opulence of Stroganov Palace with a grand rococo façade. However, it belonged to Princes Beloselskiy, a descendent of Yuri Dolgorukiy who was the founder of Moscow. It seemed the Fontanka River is a popular location, many build their palaces near it. After the marriage of the heiresses, the widowed Princess Elena Pavlovna Beloselskaya-Belozerskaya commissioned the recent design of the palace. Lavish parties were held there, but was later sold to Grand Duke Sergey Alexandrovich. Grand Duke Sergey Alexandrovich was the brother of Alexander III, he had it painted in deep pink which is of what you will see if you are there today.

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