Yelagin Palace from the riverThis classical gray-and-white mansion stands in a lovely park, which covers the whole of the Yelagin Island. It was once the property of a prominent nobleman, Ivan Yelagin. Then the palace was bought by the Crown and in 1818-22 the famous Carlo Rossi rebuilt it for Empress Maria Fedorovna, mother of Emperor Alexander I. The palace remained a royal residence till 1917. The stylish interiors are now beautifully restored after being virtually destroyed by Nazi shelling in 1942. The adjoining park with the Butter Meadow (Masliany Lug) is lovely and provides good photo opportunities.

For more about the Yelagin Palace Museum in St. Petersburg, Russia, please see http://www.saint-petersburg.com/museums/yelagin-palace.asp



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