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Mikhaylovskiy Castle (Saint Petersburg)

 Mikhaylovskiy Castle or Mikhaylovsky Castle (Saint Michael's Castle) also known as Engineer's Castle

 

 

 

Sadovaya ulitsa 2

Tel. 570- 5112

Bus: 46, K-46, K-76

Open: 10am- 6pm Wed- Sun, 10am- 5pm Mon

 

 

 

 

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Description of the Mikhaylovskiy Castle or Mikhaylovsky Castle

Mikhaylovskiy Castle or Mikhaylovsky Castle (Saint Michael's Castle) also known as Engineer's CastleMikhaylovskiy Castle or Mikhaylovsky Castle (Saint Michael's Castle) also known as Engineer's Castle was built in 1797- 1801 under supervision of architects Vasiliy Bazhenov and Vincenzo Brenna. Mikhaylovskiy Castle was constructed for Russian Tsar Paul I who was obsessed of fears of assassination. His fears were probably influenced by unexpected death of his father Emperor Peter III. Additionally Emperor Paul loved romantic image of medieval period. He ordered construction of his new residence on a new location. He strategically choose a site of Saint Petersburg where Moyka (Moika) river and Fontanka river created natural barrier to a new palace that looked more like a medieval castle rather than a palace. Additionally Mikhaylovskiy Castle was surrounded by moats and drawbridges. Military guard would raise the bridges at night thus turning the land under the Mikhaylovskiy Castle into an island. Additionally engineers constructed a secret passageway to the military barracks on the Field of Mars.

 

However none of these careful precautions proved to be successful. Just 40 days after Emperor Paul moved in his new office in Mikhaylovskiy Castle he was assassinated by last former lover of his mother Empress Catherine II, Platon Zubov along with several others members of the Imperial Guard. Military conspiracy ring leaders got away with their crime, but their careers were over and the whole society shunned them. Today many of the caretakers of Michailovskiy Castle claim to see full body apparition of murdered Emperor Paul in a night gown. Eye witnesses claim that deceased monarch walks around his favorite residence with a candle in his hand, checking all the windows and doors for security.

 

After death of Paul I his son Alexander I the Blessed refused to live in the Mikhaylovskiy Palace. Some claim that he had something to do with the military conspiracy or at least was aware of the planned murder. Whatever might be the case moats were covered by earth, guards were removed and residence was given to the Guards Corps of Engineers. It trained many engineers including famous Russian writer Fyodor Dostoevsky. Today Mikhaylovskiy Palace is part of the State Russian Museum. A bronze statue of Peter the Great on horseback stands at the South facade of the castle. It was constructed by Bartolomeo Carlo Rastrello in 1747.

 

 

 


 

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