Palace of Peter the Great’s Greatest Friend

Palace of Peter the Great's Greatest Friend

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!

Palace of Peter the Great's Greatest Friend

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.

Palace of Peter the Great's Greatest Friend

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

Palace of Peter the Great's Greatest Friend

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.

Palace of Peter the Great's Greatest Friend

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.

Palace of Peter the Great's Greatest Friend

These are small copies.

Palace of Peter the Great's Greatest Friend

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

Palace of Peter the Great's Greatest Friend

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

Palace of Peter the Great's Greatest Friend

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

Palace of Peter the Great's Greatest Friend

Solid silver ice bucket.

Palace of Peter the Great's Greatest Friend

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

Palace of Peter the Great's Greatest Friend

A kitchen room with copper pots.

Palace of Peter the Great's Greatest Friend

This is how they cooked their food.

Palace of Peter the Great's Greatest Friend

Peter the Great’s personal wood carving machine. He was avid wood crafter and enjoyed working with wood a lot.

Palace of Peter the Great's Greatest Friend

Those are the plates made by Peter the Great himself.

Palace of Peter the Great's Greatest Friend

Palace of Peter the Great's Greatest Friend

Here is the room for the guards.

Palace of Peter the Great's Greatest Friend

And this is the second floor.

Palace of Peter the Great's Greatest Friend

In this room Menshikovs wife lived.

Palace of Peter the Great's Greatest Friend

Here are some portraits of the previous owners as well as some queens and princesses of that times.

Palace of Peter the Great's Greatest Friend

Another work cabinet of Menshikov.

Palace of Peter the Great's Greatest Friend

Palace of Peter the Great's Greatest Friend

An ancient wooden chest.

Palace of Peter the Great's Greatest Friend

Another room is decorated with ancient Chinese decor.

Palace of Peter the Great's Greatest Friend

And this room is in Japanese style.

Palace of Peter the Great's Greatest Friend

Palace of Peter the Great's Greatest Friend

And this is another work office of the Menshikov. The furniture here is back from 1700s.

Palace of Peter the Great's Greatest Friend

And the artwork, also from 17th century.

Palace of Peter the Great's Greatest Friend

Palace of Peter the Great's Greatest Friend

And this was the main “auditorium” – place where the concerts and balls were conducted.

Palace of Peter the Great's Greatest Friend

Palace of Peter the Great's Greatest Friend

A unique time piece made by a British engineer   – it included an organ inside the mechanism.

Palace of Peter the Great's Greatest Friend

Palace of Peter the Great's Greatest Friend

Palace of Peter the Great's Greatest Friend

These rare things were crafted by Russian craftsmen.

Palace of Peter the Great's Greatest Friend

Most of the decor,  furniture and decorations, were imported. But this old metal inkwell is Russian made.

Palace of Peter the Great's Greatest Friend

Here you can see the portrait of Menshikov and his wife.

Palace of Peter the Great's Greatest Friend

“Don’t touch” signs are transparent and appear to be photoshopped.

Palace of Peter the Great's Greatest Friend

Ceilings and walls covered with old ceramic tile.

Palace of Peter the Great's Greatest Friend

Another old British clock.

Palace of Peter the Great's Greatest Friend

And some more old fun “rarities” like this two stored house in a bottle.

Palace of Peter the Great's Greatest Friend

Some more old Dutch tiles.

Palace of Peter the Great's Greatest Friend

Here are they up close. They were all hand painted in 1700s.

Palace of Peter the Great's Greatest Friend

Palace of Peter the Great's Greatest Friend

Palace of Peter the Great's Greatest Friend

And this room was occupied by Varvara – sister of Menshikov’s wife.

Palace of Peter the Great's Greatest Friend

Varvara was hunchbacked and didn’t have her own family, so she lived with them and helped with educating their kids.

Palace of Peter the Great's Greatest Friend

And this was a personal bedroom of Menshikov.

Palace of Peter the Great's Greatest Friend

And those furniture items were imported from Persia or Iran.

Palace of Peter the Great's Greatest Friend

This is an Italian furniture set with a Peter the Great portrait by a Dutch artists of 18th century.

Palace of Peter the Great's Greatest Friend

Palace of Peter the Great's Greatest Friend

Palace of Peter the Great's Greatest Friend

On the first floor many of the rooms are renovated with modern style and don’t even remotely look like the beauty we saw on the second floor.

Palace of Peter the Great's Greatest Friend

Now they have an exposition of old firewood heaters.

Palace of Peter the Great's Greatest Friend

Palace of Peter the Great's Greatest Friend

Palace of Peter the Great's Greatest Friend

Palace of Peter the Great's Greatest Friend

Palace of Peter the Great's Greatest Friend

Palace of Peter the Great's Greatest Friend

Also there is cafe for the tourists which looks like an old Menshikov’s kitchen.

Palace of Peter the Great's Greatest Friend

And decorated with replicas of old furniture.

Hope you liked this story and if you are visiting St. Petersburg you can always visit it!

Thanks again to Deletant for the photos.

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