What You Will See on Yusupov Palace Tour - Rasputin Museum
The most famous residence on the Moika River belonged to the wealthiest Russian Aristocrats – the Yusupovs is the Yusupov Palace in St Petersburg, Russia. The palace on the Moika River will open its doors to visit State Rooms and private quarters whose historical appearance was preserved as well as to listen to the most interesting story of the Yusupovs which roots led to Ivan the Terrible Times.
You will visit:
- luxurious State Rooms of the palace where the Yusupovs arranged balls, masquerades and official meetings with members of the Royal Family
- the world famous exposition dedicated to the Last Russian Tsar- Nicholas II and His Favorite - Grigori Rasputin. Wax figures of the distinguished people from the past will appear in front of you to recreate the atmosphere of those times and events.
- interiors of the Yusupov Palace which will strike you with the most elegant classical style. Crystal chandeliers, marble staircases, malachite fireplaces, gilded bronze sculptures, parquet floors made of different sorts of precious wood.
- the pride of the Yusupov Palace - the family theatre which had been created in accordance with the European fashion of those times and was visited by Nickolas II and his Family.
History of Yusupov Palace on Moika in St. Petersburg
Here on the night of 16 December 1916, Grigori Rasputin was murdered in a prologue to the revolutionary events of 1917.
In the eyes of Nicholas II and his wife Alexandra, the Siberian peasant, the “Holy Man” and a miracle worker personified a mystic link between the Orthodox Tsar and the people. Rasputin himself was the Royal Family’s last hope not only to stay on the throne but to save the life and health of the only heir - Prince Alexey.
Furious by Rasputin’s influence over the Royal Family, aristocrats felt like they were losing control over Nickolas II and the only decision they saw was to get rid of their competitor- Rasputin. A conspiracy arose and members of the Russian Empire establishment finally sought to assassinate the “Holy Man”.
In the Palace basement there is the room to which Felix Yusupov lured Rasputin in order to carry out their brutal plan. The legend has it that neither poisoned cakes nor shots from Felix's revolver nor tortures were enough to kill the strong - willed Siberian Man. It was not until “the eminence grise, the silent partner appeared on the stage to put an end not only to Grigory Rasputin’s Life but to the Russian Monarchy as well.
Tour to Yusupov Palace lasts 2 hours and in this relatively short time you will:
- learn why its owners were scared of giving birth to sons and not daughters
- learn the story of the famous pearl Pelegrina, which belonged to the Yusupov family and disappeared from the palace after the October revolution of 1917
- know who was the secret partner on a fatal night of Grigory Rasputin’s murder
- see exhibition «Grigori Rasputin: Pages of Life and Death» with wax figures of Rasputin and his murders and learn why the strong poison that was used by Felix to kill Rasputin didn’t work out.