I took a photo of this mansion from a boat while taking a tour on the Fontanka River, so the POV is not the best here, but I couldn't do better. Especially considering the fact that POV from Nevsky Prospect would be worse, with a lot of tram wires getting into the shot.
Belosselsky-Belozersky Palace is a Neo-Baroque palace at the intersection of the Fontanka River and Nevsky Prospect in Saint Petersburg.
After a long line of princes, dukes and other noble families, as owners of this grand estate, the palace was nationalized and went on to house a regional Soviet until 1991, when it was designated a municipal cultural centre.
Rococo interiors of the palace sustained considerable damage during World War II; they were restored to their original state in 1954 and now host chamber concerts for small audiences. It today also hosts a large collection of wax works.
Fire broke out inside the palace's roof earlier on 28 February 2012. There is no report of how extensive the fire and water damage is.
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batalay (40523) 2013-03-18 10:11
Excellent photo! What a magical city St. Petersburg. I must have taken the same boat circuit. I remember the building with the four statues well. The presence of the pedestrians adds a measure of humanity and scale.
Warm regards, Jenna,
siudzi (34141) 2013-03-18 12:16
Another amazing architecture with lots of superb decoration elements and fantastic sculptures! Like the way you cropped and presented the scene in the horizontal format. Good shot!
Noel_Byrne (33732) 2013-03-19 8:45
So is this one of the fine palaces that we glimpsed on your capture of the bridge? Certainly a treat to see this one in its entirety, a house fit for a king. I really like the statues on the front of the house, and the embellishment above the windows on the second floor. Great idea to include the person walking past showing the vastness of this mansion.
All the best