on June 6, 2000
This amazing palace was the home of the aristocratic
Yusupov family, a family that spared no expense on its lavish residence. Not only was the guided tour we had through the home extremely interesting from the standpoint of architecture and beauty, the place had significant historical significance as well. It was where Prince Felix Yusupov first poisoned and shot Rasputin in the early 20th century. Going down into the dimly lit wine cellar of Prince Felix’s private rooms, I got an eerie feeling of discomfort---especially knowing the story of the death of the famous holy man, Rasputin, who was said to have bewitched Empress Alexandria thus contributing to the fall of the Romanov dynasty before the Communist Revolution. This was definitely in the top three of my favorite things seen in Russia.
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