The House of Yusupov is one of the wealthiest and most famous families in Russian history. This palace was designed by the best architects of the time from Russia and further afield and it is one of the most luxurious private palaces in the world. Inside, you'll find a sumptuous Arabic-style room, various ballrooms, a rococo-style theatre and the private living quarters of the Yusupov princes. Rasputin, the illiterate peasant and mystical healer who famously won the trust of Czar Nicolas II, was murdered in the courtyard of this palace. There is an exhibition dedicated to Rasputin in the basement, which can only be visited on a 2-hours guided tour that must be booked in advance. The palace also has an impressive collection of paintings, sculptures and artefacts. It is right in the middle of the city, next to Saint Isaac's Cathedral.
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