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Anichkov Palace (Saint Petersburg)

Anichkov Palace (Saint Petersburg) 

39, Nevsky Prospekt

Subway: Nevsky Prospekt, Gostiny Dvor

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Description of the Anichkov Palace

Anichkov Palace stands near Anichkov Bridge. It was commissioned in 1741 to architect Mikhail Zemtsov. At the time of its construction this palace was located at the outskirts of the old Saint Petersburg. The privacy was a must, since the new owner of the palace was Aleksey Razumovsky, secret husband of the empress. Elizabeth and Razumovsky or "Night Emperor" as he was known even had a child together, Duchness Tarakanova. The decorations of the palaces were completed by famous Francesco Bartolomeo Rastrelli who added Baroque decorations to the facade of the buildings.

New Empress Catherine II the Great gave Anichkov Palace to a new lover Grigoriy Potemkin who ordered its reconstruction in 1776- 78 under supervision of architect Ivan Starov. The whole building got a face life a new neo- classical facade that was quiet popular in a Russian capital at the time. After the October Revolution of 1917 it became a museum of the city and later as Leningrad's Pioneers' (Soviet Boys Scouts) Palace. Now it is named Palace of Youth Creativity and one of its wings holds Anichkov Lycee.

 

 

 


 

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