The Mikhailovsky’s palace story begins in 1798. That same year, the son of Emperor Paul I, Prince Michael, was born. As soon as the baby was born, his father decided that in the future he should build a magnificent palace for the child. For this purpose, he invested large sums of money for a whole year.
Unfortunately, Paul never had the chance to see the Mikhailovsky palace, because during the revolution the emperor died. However, his plan was executed. When Michael was 21, Emperor Alexander I ordered to build a house for him.
The architect of the new complex was Karl Rossi, who began working on the project in 1817. The Mikhailovsky palace was supposed to be built on the site of another building. But then, this proposal was considered unprofitable, and it was decided to build a country house on a vacant lot in the center of the city. Interestingly, all the work was done in the summer with warm weather, also in spring and autumn to make the building resistant and reliable. In total, 7.6 million rubles were spent on building the Mikhailovsky Palace. Most of this money was invested in the interior decoration of the mansion.
The interior decoration of the house of Michael Pavlovich struck with its magnificence. The staircase at the entrance was decorated with two lion sculptures, which were made specifically for that purpose. They put a statue, which was a replica of the ancient sculptures found during excavations in Rome in the 16th century. The wallpaper was first used. The building had the floor covered with a lovely and very expensive wooden floor.
Alexander I generously rewarded Karl Rossi for the construction of the Palace Mikhailovsky. The architect was awarded the Order of St. Vladimir of the third degree and a plot of land for the construction of his own house.
Duke Michael Pavlovich and his wife became hospitable hosts of Mikhailovsky’s palace.
Curiously, Michael Pavlovich forgot his old friends, with whom, had once served him. Many of them occupied certain positions in their house. After the death of the prince, the widow Elena Pavlovna continued to carry out her work properly. The Mikhailovsky Palace was unveiled in St. Petersburg as a center of culture. The most frequent visitors were Tyutchev, Pushkin, Zhukovsky, Briulov, Aivazovski and many other creative people.
Elena P. Rubinstein helped organize the greenhouse of the palace, which became the first of our country. Later, the house happened to be property of the children of Michael Pavlovich. At the end of the 19th century the Mikhailovsky Palace was gradually falling into decay. However, in 1895 Nicolas II organized the Russian museum of Emperor Alexander III and provided the Mikhailovsky Palace in managing the organization. This decision was taken by the king due to the fact that the Hermitage had already had a large collection of exhibits. However, almost all of the museum’s value were of foreign origin, and Russian traditional works remained free only in one room. The emperor was forced to make a separate museum especially for the work of our Russian artists. The museum was inaugurated in 1898. It is worth noting that its collection was constantly updated, and then another building had to be build, which would contain all the artworks. In 1914, through the Leontiya Benua project, a new building was begun. However, due to World War I, work was suspended. After a time the body structure was named after its creator, which was Benoit. Today, the Russian State Museum is known all over the world. Possibly every tourist arriving in St. Petersburg, strives to visit the museum exhibition.
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