50 Magnificent Russian Palaces and Mansions (Photos)


50 magnificent and famous Russian palaces and mansions in pictures. Excellent photo gallery of some of finest Russian palace and estate architecture.

Famous wooden palace of Tsar Aleksey Mikhailovic Kolomenskoye in Moscow


Russian palaces are both magnificent and repugnant.  They’re magnificent because of their opulence, scale and luxury.  They’re repugnant because they’re a reminder of the brutal serfdom that infested the society for hundreds of years.  After all, a lone palace owner couldn’t care for such homes… it required an army of virtual slaves who worked day and night all of their life so that one family could live in luxury.

Without a doubt, the famous Russian Wooden palace seen above and below is my favorite Russian palace.  The design, craftsmanship and scale is second-to-none.  While most palaces were constructed of brick and stone, the Wooden palace bucked the trend yet does not lack in opulence and splendor.

While some of the Russian palaces are unique, most emulate many of the palaces and manor houses built throughout Europe.  One distinction though is the influence of Asian design in the architecture.

Sit back and enjoy the splendor from years ago, yet being mindful of the great suffering endured by millions of people to construct and maintain these homes.  FYI – I don’t mean to single out Russian monarchs and nobility as the only oppressive system… oppression ruled the day throughout Europe and much of the world.  Moreover, while we like to think we’ve come a long way since serfdom, capitalism results in its own form of economic slavery.

Rear view of the Wooden Palace in Russia
Rear view of the Wooden Palace in Russia.
Wooden palace of Tsar Aleksey Mikhailovic Kolomenskoye
Wooden palace of Tsar Aleksey Mikhailovic Kolomenskoye.
Palace in Lomonosov, St. Petersburg
Palace in Lomonosov, St. Petersburg.

 

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Chinese inspired Russian palace in Lomonosov, Saint Petersburg
Chinese inspired Russian palace in Lomonosov, Saint Petersburg.
Palace in Tsaritsyno Park in Moscow. Good example of intricate and unique design
Palace in Tsaritsyno Park in Moscow. Good example of intricate and unique design.
Catherine's Palace in Saint Petersburg
Catherine’s Palace in Saint Petersburg.

The topiaries in this photo really bring this entrance to the palace to life!

Hermitage Pavilion in St. Petersburg
Hermitage Pavilion in St. Petersburg.
Panarama picture of the Grand Palace in Tsaritsyno
Panarama picture of the Grand Palace in Tsaritsyno.
Grand Palace in Tsaritsyno
Grand Palace in Tsaritsyno.
Old Russian mansion in Pyatigorsk, Caucasus. This manor home, while not a palace, was a luxurious dwelling for nobility
Old Russian mansion in Pyatigorsk, Caucasus. This manor home, while not a palace, was a luxurious dwelling for nobility.
Smolny Palace and grounds in St. Petersburg
Smolny Palace and grounds in St. Petersburg.
Mikhaylovsky Palace, a.k.a. Michael Palace
Mikhaylovsky Palace, a.k.a. Michael Palace.
Russian palace on the water
Russian palace on the water.
Yelagin Palace in St. Petersburg
Yelagin Palace in St. Petersburg.

The beautiful gardens of these palaces are truly the icing on the cake.

Picture of Yelagin Palace and grounds in Saint Petersburg
Picture of Yelagin Palace and grounds in Saint Petersburg.
Menshikov Palace in Lomonosov
Menshikov Palace in Lomonosov.
Close-up picture of Menshikov Palace in St. Petersburg
Close-up picture of Menshikov Palace in St. Petersburg.
Panarama view of Menshikov Palace
Panarama view of Menshikov Palace.
Gatchina Palace in St. Petersburg
Gatchina Palace in St. Petersburg
Gatchina Palace
Gatchina Palace. Source: Nadezhda Nesterova / Shutterstock.com
Summer palace in Livadia in Crimea
Summer palace in Livadia in Crimea.
Livadia Palace in the Crimea, Ukraine. This was the summer palace of the last Tsar Nicholas II
Livadia Palace in the Crimea, Ukraine. This was the summer palace of the last Tsar Nicholas II.
The Palace of Unions located in Moscow
The Palace of Unions located in Moscow.
Pavlosky Palace at night
Pavlosky Palace at night.
Pavlosky Palace in daylight
Pavlosky Palace in daylight.
Palace of Alexander III
Palace of Alexander III.
Palace of Alexander III in Massandra
Palace of Alexander III in Massandra.
Nikolay Durasov Palace in Lyoblino, Moscow
Nikolay Durasov Palace in Lyoblino, Moscow.
Wooden Palace in Moscow
Wooden Palace in Moscow.
Kuskovo estate in Moscow
Kuskovo estate in Moscow.
Kuskovo Palace in Moscow
Kuskovo Palace in Moscow.
Old Russian mansion
Old Russian mansion.
Old Russian manor home in Pyatigorsk, Caucasus
Old Russian manor home in Pyatigorsk, Caucasus.
Durbes Castle in Latvia
Durbes Castle in Latvia.
Aerial view of Ostankino Palace and grounds in Moscow
Aerial view of Ostankino Palace and grounds in Moscow.
Arseny Morozov Mansion in Moscow at night
Arseny Morozov Mansion in Moscow at night.
Winter Palace of the Tsars illuminated at dusk
Winter Palace of the Tsars illuminated at dusk.
Petergof Grand Palace
Petergof Grand Palace. Source: javarman / Shutterstock.com
Wooden Russian country mansion a.k.a. dacha
Wooden Russian country mansion a.k.a. dacha.

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Sevastyanov Mansion in Ekaterinburg
Sevastyanov Mansion in Ekaterinburg.
Russian Palace
Russian Palace.
Panarama view of Oranienbaum Palace
Panarama view of Oranienbaum Palace.  Source: Irina Afonskaya / Shutterstock.com
Russian country palace on the lake
Russian country palace on the lake.
Russian country estate
Russian country estate.

 

Side view of Russian Palace
Side view of Russian Palace.
Russian count's manor home
Russian count’s manor home.
Panarama view of Russian palace
Panarama view of Russian palace.

Can you imagine the luxurious foyers of these palaces as you are ushered through the front door?

Russian estate where Lenin spent his last days
Russian estate where Lenin spent his last days. Source: kshishtof / Shutterstock.com
Palace in Kadriorg Area in Estonia
Palace in Kadriorg Area in Estonia.
Palace in Kadriorg, Estonia
Palace in Kadriorg, Estonia.

 

 

 

 

Pashkov House in Moscow
Pashkov House in Moscow.  Source: eFesenko / Shutterstock.com
Russian country palace and grounds
Russian country palace and grounds.
Dubrovitsy Estate
Dubrovitsy Estate.
Peter the Great's Old Road Palace
Peter the Great’s Old Road Palace.
Mikhailovsky Palace
Mikhailovsky Palace.

 

Peterhof Palace
Peterhof Palace. Source: Art Konovalov / Shutterstock.com

The fountains in front of this palace are truly stunning!  Perhaps the only comparable opulence would be man-made waterfalls, as shown here!

Gontcharov Estate
Gontcharov Estate.
Arhangelskoe Estate
Arhangelskoe Estate.
Griboedov Mansion in Smolensk
Griboedov Mansion in Smolensk.
Russian country palace
Russian country palace.
The Kremlin
The Kremlin
Palace in Ismaylovo
Palace in Ismaylovo.
Arkhangelskoye Estate outside Moscow on the Moska River
Arkhangelskoye Estate outside Moscow on the Moska River.
Side view of Arkhangelskoye Estate
Side view of Arkhangelskoye Estate
Kushelevka Dacha
Kushelevka Dacha

 

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