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Palace of Peter the Great’s Greatest Friend

Posted on November 3, 2015 by tim

Russian statesman Menshikov is well known in Russia. He is often referred as the best and the only friend of Russia’s greatest innovator Tsar Peter the Great. They say that de facto this person was a ruler of Russia for two consecutive years. His official titles included Prince of Russia, Duke of Ingria and many more. So for sure this man needed a palace as all Tsars did at that times and so he had one. Thanks to Russian blogger Deletant we are able to see the best luxury and style man could buy at that time in Russia. Let’s see!

They say that this palace in St. Petersburg has been built in “barocco” architectural style pretty rare for the city. It faces the Neva river with its entrance.

In the park in front of the entrance there is a small monument of the previous owner – Duke Menshikov.

This is how it looked in 1714, the time it was allegedly built. The inner yards were in Italian style. But for now only the one segment of this palace has survived – the one that we can see with the gray roof and two conjoining buildings.

The palace had its own small port to host the guests arriving on boats. The huge balcony on the second floor is where the orchestra was hosted which played each time when guests arrived.  On top of the building there was six Roman Gods statues.

These are small copies.

And this is a coats of arms of the owner made in ceramics.

Tile samples imported from Holland in 1700s for the palace decoration.

One of the rooms in the palace. The statue on the back is the ancient Roman Appolo –  dated at second century AD.

Solid silver ice bucket.

Another ancient Roman piece, those pieces were highly valued during Peter the Great’s times.


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2 Responses to “Palace of Peter the Great’s Greatest Friend”

  1. john says:

    Great posting,absolutely stunning.

  2. L'hiver says:

    Fantastic. I love that blue on the walls…that’s amazing.

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