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Palaces and Museums of Saint Petersburg - Belosselsky-Belozersky Palace

Among the numerous monuments of architecture which are situated on Nevsky Prospect, Belosselsky-Belozersky Palace is one of the most attractive. It was constructed in 1848 by the famous architect of that period- Stakenschneider. The project of the Palace was presented to the emperor Nikolas the first who approved it at once. The palace became the last private palace which was constructed on Nevsky Prospect. Stakenschneider was drawing inspiration from Rastrelli‘s Stroganov palace on Moika embankment, but some people believe that Rastrelli‘s edifice breathes inner dynamism, while Stakenschneider’s creation utterly lacks dynamism of lines, looking arid and forbidding.

Until the Soviet period, this fantastic looking building belonged to Duke Sergei (Alexander III's brutal brother, who was assassinated in 1905) and his wife Grand Duchess Elizabeth, and thereafter it was used as the party headquarters for the Kuibyshev district of Leningrad. During the blockade the edifice was damaged by bombing and artillery bombardment and after the war the palace was reconstructed. There are few original interiors which are well preserved, among them are: Oak hall (the former library), used as a small concert hall, the Art gallery, the Main dining room, Beige living room, a Great Mirror Hall (ballroom) with excellent acoustics, as was originally intended for the concerts and is still used in this capacity. Nowadays the palace houses an art gallery, a concert hall.

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