Yelagin Palace

This charming summer palace on one of the islands in the north-west of St. Petersburg was commissioned in 1818 by Alexander I from the young architect, Carlo Rossi, who would go on to become the undisputed master of neo-classicism in the city.

The land and the original palace had been bought for the Imperial Estates from the heirs of Ivan Yelagin, a historian, poet, and statesman in the reign of Catherine the Great. Alexander chose it as the site of a summer residence for his mother, Empress Maria Fyodrovna, who found the journey between the city and her permanent home at Pavlovsk too wearisome. Rossi was responsible not only for the design of the palace building, but also for the stables and kitchen building, three pavilions in the palace grounds, and for much of the interior decoration of the palace, which feature richly painted marble walls and intricately inlaid wooden doors.

  • Yelagin Palace on Yelagin Island in St Petersburg, Russia
    Yelagin Palace on Yelagin Island
  • Western facade of Yelagin Palace in St Petersburg, Russia
    Western facade of Yelagin Palace
  • Kitchen Wing of Yelagin Palace in St Petersburg, Russia
    Kitchen Wing of Yelagin Palace
  • Lion at the entrance to Yelagin Palace in St Petersburg, Russia
    Lion at the entrance to Yelagin Palace
  • Detail of a vase at Yelagin Palace in Saint-Petersburg, Russia
    Detail of a vase at Yelagin Palace
  • State Rooms of Yelagin Palace in Saint Petersburg, Russia
    State Rooms of Yelagin Palace
  • Holiday in Yelagin Palace in Saint Petersburg, Russia
    Holiday in Yelagin Palace

After Maria Fyodorovna's death, Yelagin Palace was never again the official residence of any member of the Imperial family - although it was the residence of Alexander II's morganatic wife, Duchess Yuryevskaya, and her children - and, by the time of the October Revolution, it had become a summer retreat for Russia's prime ministers. Briefly turned into a museum by the Bolshevik government, the palace was badly damaged during the Siege of Leningrad, but fully restored in the 1950s following photographs and the original blueprints and used as a resort for workers. Since 1987, Yelagin Palace has been home to the Museum of Decorative and Applied Art and Interiors from the 18th-20th Centuries. Exhibitions are hosted on the second floor of the building, while the ground floor is devoted to Rossi's restored interiors.

Address: 4, Yelagin Ostrov, Central Park of Culture and Leisure
Metro:Staraya Derevnya, Krestovskiy Ostrov
Telephone:+7 (812) 430-0911
Opening hours:Daily from 10am to 6pm (Ticket office to 5pm).
Closed:On Mondays and the last Tuesday of each month.
Website:http://elaginpark.org/elaginoostrovsky-palace
Admission:Museum: RUB 100.00. Joint ticket with Yelagin Palace and exhibitions: RUB 260.00. Small admission fee to the park is charged on weekends and national holidays.
Photo and video:free/included
Accessibility note:This museum offers limited wheelchair access (ramps). Cloakroom and bathrooms are not wheelchair accessible. Please call in advance as staff assistance will be required.
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