The Yusupovs were an immensely rich family that owned a lot of property across Russia with no less than 57 palaces belonging to them. Still the family considered the palace on Moyka as their main residence and made it a truly fascinating mansion. Well-known for philanthropy and passion for art, all the Yusupovs were always the center of attention: organized famous balls, invited prominent musicians, artists and writers, set up a huge art collection at their palace and turned it into a masterpiece. Simply put: my head blows up when I think about their way of life and classical nobility.
Of course after the revolution this house went mundane but was treated with respect and thanks to this we can now still see most of its historical appearance. Most likely very mixed because every owner’s whim and new trend had to be reflected in it – by the famous architects and decorators. A home theatre with gold and red velvet is the space that thrills me the most. Today some events like classical music concerts and small theatre performances are held at the palace too.
I recommend you borrow an audio at the ticket office (1000 rubles deposit) and have a slow walk through the mansion listening to their family story and gazing at the interior.
No pictures allowed inside unless you pay extra. Ah, also Rasputin – very controversial figure – was killed here and thrown down into the river.