Beloselsky-Belozersky Palace

Perhaps, on many occasions, the tourists who visited the city of St. Petersburg and walked its streets, were struck by the Beloselsky-Belozersky palace, located in the center of the city. Even if the guests of the northern capital did not intend to inspect the palace, it is typical that they changed their minds and visited it. The point is the location of Beloselsky-Belozersky, as it is located in Nevsky Prospekt, near the famous Anichkov.

The majestic palace was designed by Andrew Shtakenshnejdera. It is interesting to mention that this house was the last private palace, built in the 19th century. The history of the palace began in 1797, when Senator Naryshkin sold the plot of land Beloselsky-Belozersky to the prince. Mainly it was a home for the family, thus being a quick construction, however, after a while the large-scale reconstruction started. The proprietors liked to live in this palace, since in all the parameters, this corresponded to a high position in the society. In 1848, the Beloselsky-Belozersky palace was built in a baroque style. It is worth noting that the reconstruction of the building was so beautiful that everyone was fascinated with St. Petersburg at that time. The prototype for the house was probably the Stroganov palace for the place, things of porcelain, paintings, silver and rare books were brought from abroad. All these valuables items adorn the interiors of the palace.

Unfortunately, the house could not be seen by Esper Aleksandrovich. He died of typhus two years before its completion, and his widow Elena Pavlovna soon married Prince Vasily Kochubey. The couple lived in the Beloselsky-Belozersky palace when some events were held despite living together in another house. It should be noted that the best events in St. Petersburg were held in the palace. A frequent guest of the event was Emperor Alexander III and his wife. At different times, these events were presented exclusively for the royal couple. Maria Feodorovna loved dancing, and Alexander III played whist a lot. The emperor’s wife was always ready to dance without stopping, and the emperor had to make stories up and excuses to convince his wife and so get away and go home. Usually, they always called certain musicians under any pretext . When all the musicians were busy on other matters, and there was no one to play or dance with, Maria Feodorovna agreed to leave the palace and return home.

The hosts of Beloselsky-Belozersky organized all sorts of musical evenings, of many well-known composers. A frequent guest of this type of event was Pyotr Tchaikovsky.

However, the situation of Prince Vasiliya Kochubeya went from bad to worse, and in 1884 he was forced to sell the palace to Duke Sergei Alexandrovich, the younger brother of Alexander III. Therefore, the palace would later be known as “St Sergio”. Later, in 1905, the prince was murdered, reason why the mansion passed into the hands of its nephew Dmitry Pavlovich who participated in the murder of Grigoriya Rasputina in 1917, reason why it was exiled to Persia. The owner of Beloselsky-Belozersky happened to be the businessman Ivan Stakheev.

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