Yelagin Palace of Saint Petersburg

Yelagin Palace is an imperial summer residence, built in 1822 for the widow of Paul I, Maria Feodorovna during the reign of Alexander I. It got its name from its first owner. And kept it despite the change of owners.

Architect Karl Rossi was the main architect of this project. This was his first big work because he had to design the whole architectural ensemble of the island

This is a two-story rectangular building with high stylobate which elevates the building. The front facade has a decoration of a six-column Corinthian portico facing the meadow.

On the second floor, there were rooms for women, as well as a room for the emperor Alexandr I. On the third floor was a church.

The Second World War practically destroyed the palace in a fire. The interiors and ceilings were collapsed and destroyed. After the war, the restorers did not believe in the possibility of the restoration of the house. However, after 8 years (from 1952 to 1960) finally, dreams came true.

Today, the museum hosts various costumed entertainment in the imperial style. The Museum of Art Glass, which is located in the palace, has a collection of works by the Leningrad factory of glass art, as well as works by glass masters from Russia. The extensive park next to the palace is the favorite place of recreation for the citizens of Saint Petersburg.

Practical information

How to get to the island: nearest metro station “Krestovsky Ostrov” (violet line)

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