50 Magnificent Russian Palaces and Mansions (Photos)

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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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