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Menshikov Palace

Listed under Art Collections in St. Petersburg, Russia.

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Menshikov had humble beginnings but rose to become the Governor General of St. Petersburg under Peter the Great. After overseeing the construction of the St. Peter and Paul Cathedral, he got the taste for construction and commissioned a luxurious palace for himself on Vasilievsky Island. After Menshikov and his family were exiled to Siberia in 1727, the palace became a military academy and in 1967 it was given to The Hermitage and now houses a large portion of their early 18th Century material and some of Peter’s personal effects.

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