2009 Museums Palaces дворцы Здания

Fountain House: The First Aristocratic Palace of St. Petersburg

The Fountain House was built by the Sheremetevs in 1712 on a plot of marshland given to them by Peter I.  The original Fountain House was constructed of just wood, and resembled a dacha.  However, in the 1740’s, Petr Sheremetev decided to expand and embellish the home, transforming it into a palace.

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Sergei Volkonskii and Russian Intelligentsia Tradition

Sergei Volkonskii (1788-1865) was a member of a prominent and ancient Russian noble family with extremely strong ties to the Russian Imperial family. Volkonskii was one of Tsar Alexander I’s aides-de-camps and a childhood playmate of his successor, Nicholas I.