The Vladimir Palace

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Язык экскурсии: Русский
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Like a Florentine Palazzo, the three-storey building with a distinguished rustic façade is the Vladimir Palace. Today it hosts the Petersburg House of the Scientists.

The Palace was built by the architect Alexander Rezanov for the Grand Prince Vladimir Aleksandrovich, the youngest son of the Alexander the Second.

The Grand Prince had undisputable prestige with the large family of Romanovs. He was handsome man, brave officer, distinguished himself in action during the Russian-Turkish War, and was awarded with medals. Even Nicholas the Second had some barely hidden timidity. Anyway, Vladimir Aleksandrovich stood aback from the big politics. He headed the Imperial Academy of Arts, was an inveterate hunter, gourmet and an expert in arts. He highly valued the Russian arts. The halls of his palace were decorated with paintings of Aivazovsky, Surikov and Makovsky, and in the Billiard room, there was hanging “Barge Haulers on Volga” by Repin purchased by the Prince for three thousand Rubles. Repin and Vladimir Aleksandrovichi, in general, held each other in high respect.

In the Imperial Petersburg, the Vladimir Palace was one of the centers of high life, mainly, thanks to wife of the Grand Prince Maria Pavlovna, born Princess Mecklenburg-Schwerin. The balls she arranged, official receptions, music and literature parties, were the event of the season. After the death of her husband, Maria Pavlovna headed the Academy of Arts and earnestly committed her to politics, which was expressed mostly in various and useless intrigues.

When the Revolution came, Maria Pavlovna became one of the few of the Imperial family members, who could get their treasures overseas. The British Intelligence Agent Bertie Stopford helped her in that. In the summer of 1917, she met him in Caucasus where she fled from the turmoil struck Petersburg. The Grand Princess told Stopford about a secret place in her boudoir in the Vladimir Palace, where her money and valuables were hidden. The experienced spy could get into the Palace and take out two travelling bags with treasures, and then, secretly got them out of Russia with the British Diplomatic Mail. In two years, he handed them over to Maria Pavlovna, who came to Europe by that time.

The Vladimir Palace was lucky too. Its interiors are still almost in their original condition. A Guide opens the halls’ heavy doors one by one, the old parquet is lightly crouching under feet and it seems that the former hosts just left the Palace for a while to do something outside.

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Информация по экскурсии "Palaces of St. Petersburg"

During the centuries of Empire St. Petersburg was a grand city with ceremonial buildings, rich and pompous palaces. Even today St. Petersburg can boast a huge number of palaces, including some of the grandest residences not just in Russia, but in the whole of Europe.

Our audio guide will take you to the most famous palaces and Grand residences of St. Petersburg. We can start with the Tauride Palace and Garden, one of the largest and most historic complexes in Russia. This palace was designed for Grigory Potemkin in a rigorous Palladian style. In the 19th century, the palace was transformed into a residence for minor royalty. It had been used to host balls and exhibitions until 1906, when it was given as a seat of the first Russian parliament, the Imperial State Duma.

You will also hear the history of the Winter Palace, the most prominent palace in Russia. The Winter Palace not only physically dominates Palace Square and the south embankment of the Neva River, but also plays a central political, symbolic, and cultural role in the three-century history of the city. It was declared part of the State Hermitage Museum on 17 October 1917. Now the Winter Palace, the Hermitage and all historical landmarks of St. Petersburg are enlisted by the UNESCO.

Another famous building is Anichkov Palace located next to Anichkov Bridge across the Fontanka River. It’s one of the oldest buildings on Nevsky Prospect commissioned by Empress Elizabeth in 1741. When the palace was completed she presented it to Aleksey Razumovsky, her favourite and unofficial spouse.

Mariinsky Palace, the last neoclassical imperial palace to be constructed in Saint Petersburg, was built between 1839 and 1844 by the court architect Andrei Stackensneider. The palace stands on the south side of St Isaac's Square, just across the 99-metre-wide Blue Bridge from Saint Isaac's Cathedral. The palace was conceived by Emperor Nicholas I as a wedding present to his daughter Grand Duchess Maria Nikolaevna.

During the tour you will also see the houses and mansions of famous court and military people: The House of Saltykov, The Marble Palace, The Vladimir Palace, The Mikhailovsky Castle, The Novo-Mikhailovsky Palace, The House of Gagarin, etc. Each building has its own history sometimes dramatic.

Take a walk in the Summer Garden. It was founded in 1704 by order of Peter the Great, who was personally involved in planning it, and is laid out according to strict geometrical principles. The Summer Garden is home to marble statues acquired from Europe especially for Russia's new capital, and also to rare flowers and plants, as well as fountains.

The Field of Mars, not far from the Summer Garden, has a long and varied history dating back to the very beginning of the city's history. You will listen to it while walking. To your attention will also be the stories and legends of The First Engineer Bridge, The Salt City, The Building of Senate and Synod, The Isakievsky Cathedral, The Petropavlovsk Fortress.

With audio visual materials you will also get a map that won’t let you lose your way.


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