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“Great add on” 4 of 5 stars
Review of Yusupov Palace on Moika

Yusupov Palace on Moika
Emb. Reki Moiki, 94, St. Petersburg 190000, Russia
+7 (812) 314-98-92
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Ranked #27 of 1,163 things to do in St. Petersburg
Certificate of Excellence 2014
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Owner description: The horrific murder of Rasputin, the notorious "mad monk," took place in this stately palace, which offers guided tours of the scene of the crime.
Orlando, Florida
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“Great add on”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 22, 2013

Who isn't familiar with the story of Rasputin? But this palace is much more than the place he was shot. The theater is amazing and so are the other rooms. It's also larger than one might expect. It was one of our last stops on our tour and I'm so glad we included it.

Visited February 2013
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“Very beautiful”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 18, 2013

I really did not expect much when we booked the tour for this palace. The outside did not compare to the other palaces we visited but the inside was very beautiful and much larger than I expected. The stairway and theatre were impressive. They also had a number of richly decorated rooms. The colors were vibrant and contained many unique pieces and paintings. If you pay the additional amount, you can view the room and here the history of the Rasputin murder. The story is interesting but the room is not impressive with the rather hokey wax figures.

Before you visit museums and palaces in St. Petersburg keep in mind the following. If you are wearing a large bulky coat or have a large bag or backpack, they must be checked. Some do not allow photos so cameras and cell phones also have to be checked. They do check purses and if they find a camera or cell phone they will turn you around and make you check these items before entering. Some museums/palaces only allow photos if you purchase a photo pass. There is no cost to check your items and they are very secure but it does take time especially when all the tour groups are there.

Visited September 2013
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“Surprisingly interesting”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 15, 2013

Now I have to confess that I only wanted to go here to see the Rasputin exhibit, and when we arrived and were told it was closed for restoration - Sod's law, just for the week we were visiting - we nearly didn't bother with the rest of the palace. That would have been a bad mistake. The palace is beautiful and a fascinating insight into the life of the aristocracy pre the revolution. I would have been happy to have grown up using the ballroom, and theatre, and billiard room as well as the more usual 'state' rooms, and oddly the gold everywhere didn't jar with me in the way 'blingy' places usually do - this one had such style, and oddly the damage to the building that they are still trying to repair added to the atmosphere. Watch out for the aspects of the family story - this family of immense wealth and power had arranged that in default of an heir, their fabulous collection would pass to the state, before the revolutionaries seized it all and took it to the Hermitage anyway. And then right at the end is a portrait of the remaining female descendant, from the family in exile, who in the 1990s was granted Russian citizenship...... If only the picture could talk.

Visited November 2013
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“Beautiful, must see”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 10, 2013

Everything is beautiful.
I like the most the portret of beautiful princess,
beautiful art objects and small theater, blue bedroom and secret stairs in the library.

Visited November 2013
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“Surprisingly Impressive”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 25, 2013

The Yusupov Palace was part of our 23 and a half hour two day tour that I was not expecting much from but it turned out to be a surprisingly impressive place. It is nothing to look at from the outside, you would not even know if was a palace but inside it is quite ornate, the staircase is beautiful and the rooms were very well decorated. It was also a lot bigger than I anticipated. Perhaps the bizarre aspect of the palace was the fact that down in the basement is where Grigori Rasputin (the noted mystic/holy man) was murdered on December 30th 1916. There is an ire figure that is made to look like him sitting in a chair at a table there. He was a private advisor to the Romanovs who said as long as he was alive they would not be harmed and of course after his death it was not long until the Russian Revolution on 1917. It is definitely a place worth spending time visiting

Visited July 2013
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