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The Anichkov Palace | Playbill | Prices
39, Nevsky Prospect

The Anichkov Palace was designed and built between 1741 and 1751 on the instruction of Tsarina Elisabeth by the architects Zemzov, Dmitriev and Rastrelli. Catherine II presented the palace in 1776 to her favorite, Potemkin. He sold the palace as he was short of money, starting the process all over again. Until the Revolution, a number of heirs to the throne and other members of the Imperial family lived here. The palace has undergone numerous alterations over the years. In 1778 I. J. Starov rebuilt the facade, and in 1809/10 and 1816 respectively Luigi Rusca and Carlo Rossi were involved in alterations. The main design element, added by Rusca, are the round Corinthian columns that project from the walls, and above the entablatures a vaulted ceiling stands over the large hall.

Following the October Revolution, the Anichkov Palace was nationalized and designated the St Petersburg City Museum. Since 1934, when it was converted into the Young Pioneer Palace, the palace has housed over hundred after-school clubs for more than 10,000 children. While a small museum inside is open to the public at selected times, the edifice is normally not accessible to tourists.

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