The palace belonged to the Princes Beloselskiy, a family who claimed descent from Yuri Dolgorukiy, the founder of Moscow. Their first palace was built on the same site by the Fontanka River in 1747, but it was a much more modest affair.
The palace was built 1847-1848, and became renowned for the lavish parties thrown there by Elena Pavlovna. A few decades later, however, the family found the palace too expensive to maintain, and it was sold to Grand Duke Sergey Alexandrovich, brother of Emperor Alexander III, in 1884. He had part of the interiors redesigned in 1888, and in 1897 the facades were restored and first painted in the deep pink that can be seen today.
Nationalised after the October Revolution, the Beloselskiy-Belozerskiy Palace became the headquarters of the Regional Committee of the Communist Party for the centre of Leningrad. In this role, its historic interiors were carefully maintained during the 20th century, despite significant damage in the Second World War, and the original rococo decorations have largely survived intact. The building is now home to a Municipal Cultural Centre (along with several smaller institutions), and hosts regular concerts of chamber music as well as offering occasional guided tours of the state rooms (three or four times per month or by appointment).
The Shuvalovsky Palace is one of the most perfect pearls in a magnificent necklace of St. Petersburg palaces. Constructed for Court and Countess Vorontsov in the 18 century, the mansion changed its owners twice and went through subsequent reconstructions.
For centuries it has remained a location where the high society of St. Petersburg gathered for balls and concerts conducted in the largest hall of the city, the White Column Hall (440 square meters in area).
Anichkov Palace is considered to be one of the most outstanding examples of palace architecture of 18th to 19th centuries in St Petersburg. The palace was called «Anichkov» after Mikhail Anichkov, the commander of а battalion of engineers who in the reign of Peter the Great built Anichkov Bridge over the River Fontanka. Later, the same name was given to the nearby palace, construction of which, under the orders of Peter’s daughter Empress Elizabeth I, commenced in 1741 and finished in 1751.
The Russian Museum is still mid-way through an extensive restoration program for the Stroganov Palace, but a number of rooms are already open to the public and feature displays Russian Icons from the Stroganov Private Collection. The palace also houses an excellent exhibition of waxwork figures dedicated to the Romanov Dynasty (you will need separate ticket to visit the waxwork section).
The palace is conveniently located on the Neva River bank in the downtown area of the city a few steps from the Hermitage Museum.
The palace, a perfect example of the Florentine Palazzo style, was designed by A.I. Rezanov in the 1864 for the son of Alexander II, Grand Duke Vladimir Alexandrovich, the President of the Academy of Fine Arts. Since 1920 the Palace belongs to scientists of St. Petersburg.
Before today «House of Officers» previously was a wooden house of Count Arakcheev, and later the German four-wheel workshop. In 1895 began the construction of the «Officers’ Assembly Army and Navy» and in 1998 opened his doors. Now in the «House of Officers» on Foundry Avenue conduct the main festivities and celebrations of the Western Military District, Army and Navy.
Halls «Summer Palace» ready to hold any events. Our team of staff have sufficient experience and the necessary knowledge in the organization and conduct of banquets and celebrations, the impression of which will remain for a long time and may even enter into a legend among the participants of the event. more