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Saint Petersburg. A Royal Dream on Ice

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Michajlovsky Castle

Paul I. 1799

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The Michajlovsky Castle

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is the only building in Russia in the Romantic Neoclassical style,
combining the features of a medieval castle with those of a centuries-old European palace. I, Grand Duke Paul Petrovich, was born in the castle in 1754. One day, I became king, with the name Paul I. When I ascended the throne, I ordered the demolition of the old wooden palace and replaced it with a new royal residence,
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following an order from Archangel Michael to build a new church. The castle represents my taste and my originality. I have always been original during my life; I was born with good looks, but consumption deformed my face, to the joy of my mother... I decided to have the walls painted brick red, to respect the colour of the Knights of Malta,

whom I took under my protection. The four façades have different architectural styles: the western one is crowned by an elegant spire, the northern one is reminiscent of a Renaissance palace and the more modest eastern one has a dome. When Peter 'the Great' was assassinated, his courtiers hastily left the castle, because some were afraid of his ghost...

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Some legends arose about how the voice of the deceased ruler echoed in the corridors. I never wanted to believe it and it always made me smile whenever I saw the servants running away at night!
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Michajlovsky Castle

Paul I. 1799

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Alexander III of Russia. 1892

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