St. Michael's Castle The Mikhailovsky Castle - now a branch of the Russian Museum - is one of the most mysterious buildings in St. Petersburg. The history of the castle, built in 1797-1800 for Russia's most enigmatic monarch, Emperor Paul I, has seen some dramatic turns, before finally becoming a part of the Russian Museum in the early 1990s. Despite being built for his security, Paul I was assassinated in his own bedroom on March 12, 1801, shortly after he moved into his newly-built castle. It now houses the Russian Museum's Portrait Gallery, featuring official portraits of the Russian Emperors and Empresses, as well as of various dignitaries and celebrities from the late 17th to the early 20th century.

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