A palace with lovely interriors AND the site of Grigori Rasputin's murder which precipitated the collapse of the Russian Empire.
Ballet performance advertisement inside the palace
Another ballet advertisement for upcoming performance at the Yusupov Palace
A rather plain chandelier in the entryway compared to those in other palaces toured
Angie explaining how Rasputin was killed in December 1916 by Prince Yusupov and others loyal to Nicholas II.
Room with pictures of the Yusupov family
Scene of those planning Rasputin's murder (wax figures)
Rasputin was not easy to kill. Prince Yusupov first tried poison, then shot him. Rasputin escaped, was pursued by the assassins and shot three more times before being battered and thrown in the Neva River.
Photo of dead Rasputin. It turned out he drowned after being thrown in the river....not from being poisoned or shot!
Entry staircase in the Yusupov Palace
Oppulent chandelier at the top of the main staircase
Detailed view of chandelier
Exquisite mantel and mirror
Tapestry room where the walls were built to fit the tapestry size
Blue bedroom with canopy and pink chandelier
Sitting area in the blue bedroom with ceramic fireplace. Notice secret doorway to the left.
Another sitting area in the blue bedroom. Walls are covered in silk.
Another ornate ceiling
The Red Room
Ceiling in the Red Room
Intricate inlaid wooden flooring in the Red Room
Malachite fireplace in the Green Room.
Ceiling with skylight in the Green Room
Ceiling in Rotunda Major with 132 candle chandelier
Banquet Hall...used for entertaining
Corinthian columns and ceiling of the Banquet Hall
Concert by Russian singers in the Banquet Hall
Ceiling in Art Gallery leading to the Palace Theater
Palace theater...Tsar's box
Gilded balconies of Palace Theater
Private box in Palace Theater
Matching Private box in Palace Theater
Ornate paintings on walls of Palace Theater
Door in Oak Dining Room
Ceiling in Oak Dining Room
Floor in Oak Dining Room