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94 nabereshnaya reki Moyki

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Castles/Palaces, Sightseeing Type
2 hours to Half Day Time to Spend
3.6scorecard
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  • 4.5Atmosphere

Also known as the Moika Palace, Yusupov Palace is a St. Petersburg landmark. It was the main residence of the House of Yusupov, which was a wealthy family of Russian nobles.

Travelers come here to take in the luxurious interior. Lonely Planet says, "The palace interior is sumptuous and rich, with many halls painted in different styles and decked out with gilded chandeliers, silks, frescoes, tapestries and some fantastic furniture."

However, the real claim to fame for the palace is that it was the location where Rasputin was assassinated in 1916. Felix Yusupov and his co-conspirators carried out the act -- which ended up being far more difficult than he'd anticipated. According to him, Rasputin ingested enough cyanide to kill five men; he was shot multiple times, then bludgeoned with an iron bar and dumped in the Moika River. Once Rasputin's body turned up, it turned out that he had actually died from hypothermia.

Yusupov Palace is accessible from the Sadovaya metro station and open daily from 11 a.m. until 5 p.m. Admission costs roughly $17 USD (500 rubles) for adults and around $13 USD (or 380 rubles) for students. For more information, click here.

  • Admission tickets do sell out, so show up before mid-afternoon to ensure your entry. The admission price to the palace includes an audio tour in English and a number of other languages." -- Lonely Planet
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Catherine the Great founded the Hermitage Museum in 1764 as a place to house her private art collection. The massive complex has six buildings, including the Winter Palace, which was the home of the Tsars for almost 200 years. It finally opened to the public in 1852, and since then has been one of the largest and most interesting museums on the globe. It draws more than two million visitors each year -- in fact, this museum is the main reason some travelers visit St. Petersburg in the first place. Recent travelers are full of praise, with one TripAdvisor user claiming, "This place makes other museums look unimportant."

Bursting at the seams with art from masters like Da Vinci and Picasso, the Hermitage is "virtually wallpapered with celebrated paintings," says Fodor's, who goes on to suggest you budget a substantial amount of time to explore. "It has been estimated that in order to spend one minute on each object on display, you would have to devote several years to the museum," they write.

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