Petroff, or Petrovskiy Palace, was built in the late 18th century for Empress Catherine the Great as the last overnight station for traveling royalty from St.Petersburg to Moscow.
Russian architect, Matvey Kazakov, designed this luxurious building in the finest tradition of the Romantic Neo-Gothic style. Palace gardens were later transformed into a beautiful landscape park, which is known as one of the most picturesque parks in Moscow.
This red-brick castle with white details originally had two royal apartments on the first floor and plenty of service space on the ground floor. The most impressive hall of the palace was the central rotunda hall with the amazing ornamental decoration of the ceiling.
All Russian Emperors paid visits to the Palace. The Petroff Palace was the last stop before coming to the coronation ceremony which always took place in Moscow Kremlin. While walking in the halls you see practically invisible shadows of Russian sovereigns.
During the 1812 war, Napoleon Bonaparte’s headquarters were set up in the Petroff Palace. Napoleon burned it down when leaving Moscow. The palace was restored in the 1830s and again in 1874 with minor alterations.Once again, the renovated Petroff Palace was ready to welcome the members of the royal family, as well as receive important noble delegations.
After the 1917 Revolution, the Palace changed hands several times and served as the Red Aviation Museum, and later housed Zhukovskiy Air Force Academy, which vacated the site in the 1990s. The palace was elaborately restored from 1999-2010, when it reopened as a luxury hotel operated by Moscow Metropol Hotel’s management.
You can book a guided tour to Petroff Palace and enjoy this remarkable architectural site.