We went through this beautiful palace with a private guide and are really pleased we did. There did not seem to be much information throughout the palace itself, although audio guides are available but I'm not sure how informative they are. You can also only visit the basement, the site of the infamous assassination of Rasputin, with a guide and it's definitely worth including during your visit. Our guide had already purchased our tickets and helped us pay the additional fee for a photography permit, 100 rubles each. Photography without flash is allowed throughout if you have a permit.
Seated at the dining table are wax figures of the co-conspirators in the plot to assassinate Rasputin, which was taking place in the basement. In the basement, which was set up as another dining area, are the wax figures of Felix Yusupov and Rasputin.
Up a marble staircase with huge chandeliers, we pass through beautifully decorated lavish rooms. Beautiful tapestries, intricate woodwork and golden filigree grace the walls. Beautiful tables inlaid with colourful enamel sit alongside opulent furniture and marble fireplaces. There's a long room dedicated to marble busts. We go through into the ornate gilded private theatre and are treated to an a cappella performance by a quartet singing traditional folk songs.
Through the vast library we go into Felix's private rooms. There's a large pool table, with leather seating and marble fireplace and a gilded Ottoman style bathing area.
Definitely recommend a visit for the beauty of the palace itself as well as history of the site.
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