About sight: Engineer Castle (Mikhailovsky Castle)

In 1797 emperor Paul I wanted to build a new ce-remonial castle-like residence. He was the Master of Malthusian Order and loved castles built in the style of medieval fortresses. So was the Gatchina Palace, and so would be the Engineer Castle.

Paul I himself made the sketches of the castle, and already four years later it was finished. Engineer Castle was the only structure of St. Petersburg built in the style of Roman classic-ism. It was named after Michael the Archangel, the patron of Romanov Dynasty.

In 1801 emperor Paul I was murdered at the bedroom of the Mikhailovsky Castle. Since 1823 it housed army's Main Engineering School (later to become the Nikolayevskaya Engineering Academy, from which it received its second name – the Engineer Castle (and eventually, it became more common). Now the building is occupied by one of the expositions of the Rus-sian Museum. Also, it will be very interesting to see historic interiors of the castle.

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