Yelagin Palace

The Yegalin Palace is an imperial summer residence, built in 1822 by the widow of Paul I, Maria Feodorovna. The Empress was in this place for years, and it was difficult to reach Gatchina, as the son of Alexander I appreciated the beauty of the local landscapes and built the luxury pavilions for the mothers.

The architect chosen for the project was Carl Rossi. The task for him was large-scale, and as a result, he not only built the palace’s incredible beauty, but actually made the whole island again, the new building integrates perfectly with the local landscape.

The design of the palace and the pavilions were worked by the best artists and sculptors. On the ground floor of the palace is a large set of rooms where you can see the Imperial style interiors. The most interesting oval hall is the crimson and the blue room. These are the themes of the palace furniture of the first half of the 19th century. The second floor has a powder room, the Emperor’s chambers as well as an exhibition of works of art and crafts: artistic porcelain, glass, embroidery, fabrics, wood and metal from the late 18th and early 20th century. On the third floor there was a church, and the palace stairs are decorated with cast iron statues, copied from antiquity at personal request by the cast of the architect in The steel sculpture of St. Petersburg.

During World War II the palace was practically destroyed: as a result of the fires, the interiors and ceilings collapsed and were destroyed. After the war, the restorers did not believe that the inner aspect of the palace could be recovered, and offered to make this space a ballroom. However, it was decided to restore the palace, and for 8 years (from 1952 to 1960), this plan was implemented. The broken dreams have participated in several occasions in the filming like decoration. In particular, it can be seen in the movie “Heavenly Snail”. When it was restored, Yelagin Palace “acted” in the television series “The master and Margarita” in the role of a psychiatric hospital.

The Yelagin Palace to date represents a rich and quite cultural life. There are guided tours, exhibitions, workshops and costume dances (prior registration is required, and the suit can be rented on site).

Practical information

Address: metro station “Petrogradskaya”, “Black River”, Gorky Park. Kirov, Yelagin Island 1.

Opening hours: Wedenesday: 10:00 – 18:30; Monday: 13:00 – 21:00.

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