Private Yusupov Palace Tour
Starting from: €170,00
The palace is particularly famous because of the Prince Felix Yusupov, its last owner. The precise course of the murder of Rasputin is still controversial. According to Yusupov, the night of December 16, 1916, the Grand Duke Dmitri Pavlovich, a cousin of the Tsar, and he even invited Rasputin to the palace. They served to Rasputin cakes and red wine with a dose of poison sufficient to kill five men. Noting that the poison seemed to have no effect on Rasputin Yusupov took out a pistol and shot him in the back. The two men left the room leaving Rasputin dead. Returning later to the scene, Rasputin Yusupov was trying to get up and flee. Yusupov and his accomplices fired three times on Rasputin, but it was still trying to recover. He then knocked on the head with an iron bar and then drove in a blanket before throwing in the Moika. According to the autopsy subsequently Rasputin would kill or poison or multiple injuries caused by bullets and beatings with iron bars but hypothermia. Much of the narrative of Yusupov is now considered unlikely. The October Revolution took place less than a year after the assassination of Rasputin. The palace was nationalized. It was requisitioned by the Commissioner of Education of the city in 1925. While many palaces were converted into the workplace, the Commissioner of Education decided to make the palace a public museum. Today the palace is used as a palace of culture for teachers and museum dedicated to the lifestyle of the Russian nobility before the Revolution.
Additional info: this tour must be booked at least 5 days in advance of travel (except days off and public holidays in Russia). This tour is operated in English, German, French, Italian, Spanish, and Polish.
If you make an order less than 3 days prior to the excursion the cost is to be increased by 30 %
You will visit Yusupov palace, a long yellow building, which was once the residence of the wealthy and respected Yusupov family and which saw one of the most dramatic episodes in Russia's history - the murder of Gregory Rasputin. The Yusupov Palace features original interiors of the 19th-beginning of the 20th centuries. The rooms are decorated in various styles: baroque (the theater), Empire style (gala halls), Oriental style (the Turkish study), neoclassicism (some rooms of the ground floor) and others.