Topic: Paul Alexandrovich, GD
The story of this luxurious mansion of the Grand Duke Paul Alexandrovich located at 68 English Embankment, in the very center of Saint Petersburg, is not a simple one. This building, whose luxury can be compared to some royal residences, belonged to Baron Alexander von Stieglitz, the most prominent financier of pre-revolutionary Russia, an industrialist, philanthropist, and patron of the arts.
Most of its original interiors have survived, its decorations have been preserved. They are being stored and awaiting restoration. Restoration work on the building has currently stopped, leaving it in a semi-ruined state. The bas reliefs, sculptures, and what remains of the grand interiors and luxurious staircases are all covered in dust.
Many years ago, I was fortunate enough to visit the palace with Romanov historian and author, Zoia Belyakova. The expansive rooms were void of any furnishings, so one could truly appreciate the magnificent interiors, many of which were painted by Luigi Premazzi in the 19th century.
To view a selection of 11 colour photographs of the interiors by photographer Andrei Strelnikov, please refer to the following link at Royal Russia News:
© Russia Beyond the Headlines and Paul Gilbert @ Royal Russia. 23 May, 2014