Palaces of the Grand Dukes
Place: Palace Embankment On the map
Construction time: XVIII-XIX cent.
Architects: Alexander Rezanov, Andrei Stackensneider, Antonio Rinaldi and others.
Style: Classicism, eclectic
Name Origin: Palaces belonged to the Grand Dukes of the Romanov’s family; the dukes were relatives (brothers, uncles, younger children, nephews…) of the reigning monarch.
Contemporary purpose: The various scientific research institutes and government agencies are situated there. The Marble Palace is a branch of the Russian Museum.
Legend: Legend says that the tradition of decorating the envelope of the newborn with a blue or red ribbon appeared in the imperial St. Petersburg. In the old times, this tradition concerned only the Grand Duke children. The boys received the Order of St. Andrew, the girls – the Order of St. Catherine. The ribbons of these orders were accordingly of blue and red color. After the revolution, it was decided to democratize the tradition – that’s how all the new-born received blue or red ribbons.