|In the very center of St. Petersburg the old
buildings of the Imperial Anichkov Palace spread the doors wide open. An
unique monument of history and architecture, the creation of the great
architects M.Zemtsov, V.Starov, D.Quarenghi, B.Rastrelli, C.Rossi is the
real pearl of Saint Petersburg.|
|The first stone palace (photo 1) in the Nevsky
prospect for the space of centuries was a precious gift: it was presented
to the members of the tsar's family and favorites. The splendid royal
balls, magnificent weddings, court intrigues and love tragedies, childhood
and youth of the heirs of Russian throne, life of the Great Dukes and
Duchesses, the flower of Russian culture - all these saw the old
apartments of the Anichkov. |
|Entering the Parade Yard of Anichkov buildings
from the Nevsky prospekt you admire the splendid main facade of Anichkov
(photo 2). The
Garden Facade looks into the shady garden with two pavillions - the pearls
of C.Rossi's architecture (photo 3). How is
beautiful the palace in white night!(photos 4,5)
|Going up the stately staircase you enter the
regal halls of the imperial residence, which had a miraculous escape in
war-times. The suite of halls, apartments, rooms and cabinets of the
Anichkov Palace (Blue, Red, Golden halls (photos 6,7,8), the
White-columns Hall (photo 9) and the
Concert Hall, the Emperor's Library and Cabinet (photo 10), the
charming Winter Garden (photo 11) - everything
preserves the spirit of it's royal possessors
through XVIII-XX cc... |
|The new owners of the palace - the children of
St. Petersburg - will meet you in the anscient halls. You will see the
unique Fairy-Tales Room (photo 12) - the
masterpiece of Palech folk artists. The best choreographic and
sense-of-rhythm ensembles, folk, symphony and chamber orchestras, string
and accordion groups, brass band, drama and puppet theaters - the
collectives of the largest in Europe children's palace - often give
concerts in the ancient apartments. The Concert Hall in the ancient palace
of the XVIII c. has wonderful acoustics. The suite of apartments, rooms
and cabinets of the Anichkov Palace is a wonderful place for assemblies,
exhibitions, chamber concerts, conferences and balls!
Anichkov was built in 1755 at will of Empress Elisabeth,
the daughter of Peter-the-Great. The owners were:
From 1757 - count A.G. Razumovsky, Elisabeth's favorite.
Peter III and Katherine II visited him.
From 1776 - G.A. Potiomkin,
Katherine II's favorite.
From 1794 - Cabinet of Her Majesty the
Empress Katherine II.
From 1796 - Cabinet of His Majesty the Emperor
From 1809 - the Great Dutchess Katherine (Paul's daughter and
sister of Alexander I).
From 1817 - The Great Duke Nicolay Pavlovich
From 1856 - The Great Duke Nicolay Nicolaievich.
From 1865 - The Great Duke Nicolay Alexandrovich.
From 1866 -
The Great Duke Alexander (Alexander III). Nicolay II's childhood.
From 1894 - The Widow-Empress Maria Fiodorovna (up to 1917).
1917 the Palace was nationalized. Since 1936 - the Leningrad Pioneer
Palace (now -the St.Petersburg City Palace of Youth Creativity), the
largest children centre in Europe.