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Palaces and museums of St. Petersburg - Yelagin Palace

Yelagin Palace is one of the architectural monuments of Saint-Petersburg which saves its name till nowadays and the name had never changed before. It is situated on Yelagin Island in the Neva River and served as a royal summer palace during the reign of Tsar Alexander I.

Originally it was built for Ivan Yelagin, a Catherine the Great's dignitary and a Marshall of the Imperial court, who later sold it to Alexander I. It is supposed that the palace was designed by the architect Giacomo Quarenghi. When Alexander I became the owner of the palace it was reconstructed by K.Rossi for Empress Maria Fedorovna, and at the same time considerable landscaping was done on Yelagin Island and the beautiful park was formed. The design of internal premises of the palace and the pavilions were made by the well-known sculptors of that time such as: Antonio Vighi, Barnaba Medici, Pietro Scotti, Vasily Demut-Malinovsky and Stepan Pimenov. After the revolution the Palace got the status of museum. When World War II had begun the palace was destroyed. After the reconstruction of 1952-1960 which was made by architect Mikhail Plotnikov, the palace houses an exhibition of former imperial residence gala halls with the genuine palace furniture of the first half of the 19th century and a splendid exhibition of applied art. 

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