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Sheremetev Palace in St.Petersburg photo

The Sheremetev was one of the richest noble families in Russia. They had tens of estates, but of the primary historic value is the Sheremetev Palace on the river Fontanka in St. Petersburg, as well as three estates in Moscow: Arkhangelskoye, Kuskovo and Ostankino Palace.

A lot of land in the vicinity of the river Fontanka, not far from the Summer Palace of Peter I at the Summer Garden, the emperor granted to the field marshal Sheremetev. The palace, which survived until our time, was constructed in 1750 by the architect Chevakinsky using the drawings of the court architect Francesco Rastrelli. From that time and to 1917 the Sheremetev Palace belonged to five generations of this noble family.

The Sheremetev Palace is interesting for the interiors of certain chambers, such as the Etruscan and Stucco drawing-rooms, St. Barbara Church, and of course the museum of musical instruments.

The collection of the Sheremetev was laid in the foundation of the musical instrument museum of the palace, but many of its exhibits were added by the state. There you can see musical instruments of many peoples and most different kinds, including very rare ones.

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View of the Sheremetyev Palace from the river Fontanka
The Sheremetyev Palace is located at a distance from the river Fontanka near the Institute for Noble Maiden, which was built later
Main building of the Sheremetyev Palace on the Fontanka
Gate before the entrance of the Sheremetyev Palace from the side of the river Fontanka
Facade of the Sheremetyev Palace in St. Petersburg
Fronts doors of the Sheremetyev Palace in St. Petersburg
Ball room of the Sheremetyev Palace where the concerts of chamber orchestras are now held
The Church of the Great Martyr Barbara at the Sheremetyev Palace in St. Petersburg
Front staircase at the Sheremetyev Palace in St. Petersburg
View of the Fontanka river from the balcony of the Sheremetyev Palace in St. Petersburg
Etruscan drawing-room (musical saloon) at the Sheremetyev Palace in St. Petersburg
Decor of the Etruscan drawing-room (musical saloon) at the Sheremetyev Palace in St. Petersburg
White drawing-room at at the Sheremetyev Palace where the performances of pianists are held
Tchaikovski photo at the White drawing-room of the Sheremetyev Palace in St. Petersburg
Circular room at the Sheremetyev Palace in St. Petersburg
Yellow drawing-room at the Sheremetyev Palace in St. Petersburg
White dining-room at the Sheremetyev Palace in St. Petersburg
The most valuable violins from the collection of Sheremetyev at his palace in St. Petersburg
Stucco drawing-room at the Sheremetyev Palace in St. Petersburg
Oriental musical instruments from the collection at the Sheremetyev Palace
National string musical instruments from the collection at Sheremetyev Palace
Wind musical instruments from the collection at the Sheremetyev Palace
National musical instruments from the collection at the Sheremetyev Palace
Horns carved from the tusks of walrus from the collection of musical instruments at the Sheremetyev Palace