St Petersburg 08

St Petersburg Episode 08 Faberge and Rasputin

Fabulous Faberge eggs and the murder of a religious imposter

The two city-centre palaces featured in this episode both tell us more about the end of the Romanov dynasty, albeit in very different ways. The Shuvalov Palace, a former glittering hub for St Petersburg’s aristocracy, is today the home of a museum housing many artistic treasures, including a collection of Fabergé eggs, which remind the visitor of the luxury enjoyed by the last Imperial Romanov family. By contrast, an exhibition at the Yusupov Palace tells the story of Rasputin, the spiritual adviser, or ‘mad monk’, who exerted such an influence on Nicholas II and Alexandra that he was eventually lured here by Prince Felix Yusupov and his accomplices and murdered.