Visiting Yusupov Palace, you will see the grandeur of the early 20th century - the palace was always one of the centres of aristocratic social life of imperial St Petersburg. You can also enjoy some time at leisure to shop for souvenirs.
Visit one of the most beautiful palaces in St Petersburg – the Yusupov Palace. Rasputin is as famous in death as he was in life. At the end of 1916, a group of aristocrats in league with the Grand Duke Dmitri Pavlovich - a cousin of Nicholas II - and Prince Felix Yusupov - married to Nicholas’s niece - decided that Rasputin’s influence was too great, and that he had to be killed to save Russia. They lured him into the Yusupov Palace where he was assassinated. The Yusupov Palace, located on the Moika Embankment, is an impressive historic and architectural monument. The Yusupovs were great collectors of art, and while most of their collection was moved to the Hermitage after the Revolution, traces of the incredible wealth still remain: sitting rooms decorated in various architectural styles, intricate chandeliers and candelabras, sculptures and paintings. Your guide will escort you to the cellar, where waxwork style figures recreate Rasputin’s assassination.
You will then be taken to a recommended store where a variety of items can be purchased – it is within walking distance of the Nevsky Prospekt, the main shopping area in St Petersburg. Here enjoy time to shop and sightsee at leisure – an excellent way to really make the most of your visit to the city.
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