Marvel at the splendid interiors of the palace of St. Petersburg first Governor, Alexander Menshikov. The first large stone building erected in the city display some of the Hermitage's vast collection of European and Russian applied art from the early 18th century.
When: Thursday November 8th
Time: 10:30 (start of the excursion at 11:00)
Where: Menshikov Palace, Universitetskaya nab. 15
Closest metro: Vasiliostrovskaya
Duration: The excursion will be around 1 hour.
Participants: min. 5 - max. 16
Costs: 300 rub. a person for the entrance ticket to the palace + 2000 rub. for the excursion (shared by all participants).
Please sign up before Monday 5th of November 23:00.
In 1703, Peter the Great gave his favorite companion Alexander Menshikov a plot of land on the banks of the Neva on Vasilevsky Island. The three-storey stone building is the only private city structure to have survived from the beginning of the 18th century. The Russian emperor used the home of Menshikov on the most formal occasions, as the palace was the largest and most magnificent structure in St. Petersburg.
The interiors have preserved to this day the design traditions of that era. For example, here you can see whole rooms entirely covered with Dutch (Delft) tiles. The exhibits on display in the museum today are devoted to the history of Russian culture at the beginning of the 18th century. The collection includes sculptures, paintings, engravings, furniture and other objects, including Menshikov's own belongings.
PLEASE NOTE, ONCE YOU SIGN UP YOU WILL BE RESPONSIBLE FOR THE COST OF THE TOUR EVEN IF YOU ARE NOT ABLE TO MAKE IT.