ST. PETERSBURG VENUES

Catherine Palace

Maximum capacity: 500

The luxury halls of Catherine Palace are where all Russian monarchs lived, worked, gave audiences and diplomatic receptions, and threw parade balls and masquerades. Its interiors are mainly Baroque and Classicist, while the museum exposition features twenty-six restored halls including the parade halls of the Golden Suite, designed by Rastrelli, the private rooms of Great Duke Paul, the son of Catherine II, and the Amber Room. Some of the beautiful halls of the palace are used for balls, presentations, performances, gala dinners, etc., as this is a place where guests are surrounded by the luxury, comfort, and relaxation associated with the festive Imperial lifestyle.

Yusupov Palace

Maximum capacity: 160

Originally built for Count Shuvalov, it was bought by Catherine II for one of her damsels, eventually repurchased by Prince Nikolai Yusupov in 1830. His was one of the richest families, and one that owned coal mines, gold mines, gas and oil extraction fields, and a lot of factories throughout Russia. It was not only the richest family, however, but they were also famous for their charity and also as great art collectors. After the Revolution the Bolsheviks confiscated all their belongings, and a large part of their art masterpieces now belong to the State Hermitage Museum. It was here, interestingly, where Prince Felix Yusupov planned and carried out the murder of Grigory Rasputin, one of the most mysterious and scandalous people in Russia history.

By choosing this palace for any kind of event—a banquet, conference, concert, or gala dinner—you will have a chance to tour the family’s luxury apartments, enjoy the rarified atmosphere, see a concert in the magnificent and richly decorated theater, and listen to the story of the murder of Gregory Rasputin in the rooms where the event took place.

Ethnographic Museum

Maximum capacity: 350

The Russian Ethnographic Museum was founded in 1901 as an auxiliary building of the neighboring Russian Museum, only after World War II receiving its current name. Its collections include more than 500,000 objects throughout 24 halls, describing the culture of the 150 tribes who lived throughout the ancient Russian Empire. In the central part of the building there is the beautiful Marble Hall (the memorial hall of Emperor Alexander III), which is one of the most beautiful halls in St. Petersburg, striking in its splendor and magnificence. The hall was built in the tradition of Greco-Roman peristyle (inner courtyard surrounded by a covered colonnade), with a lampshade and crystal plates with images of two-headed eagles and oak leaves. Only domestic Russian pink marble of high decorative quality was used in the decoration of the hall, to go along with the 28 columns of the gallery, each weighing 24 tons, that are made ​​of solid marble blocks. The walls, floor, eaves, and steps are made of the same stone. Each year, the Marble Hall opens its doors to corporate events, exhibitions, conferences, symposia, fashion shows, and presentations.

Marble Palace

Maximum capacity: 1500

The Marble Palace is truly memorable for its stark beauty. Built in the late 18th century for Catherine the Great’s lover, Grigory Orlov, it is situated across the Neva River from the Peter and Paul Fortress, and neighbors the Winter Palace. This is the only building in the city in which original stones were used in the exterior decoration. Thirty two different types of marble were used on its facades and interiors and it features wonderful views of the Neva River from the windows of its beautiful Marble Hall, which is very popular for big and festive celebrations and balls.

Belosselsky-Belozersky Palace

Maximum capacity: 280

This palace, situated at the intersection of Nevsky Prospect and the Fontanka River, is bright and majestic, one of the most remarkable in the city. Just as is the case with many other mansions, this one was rebuilt many times, the latest and current version featuring an eclectic style mostly representing Russian Baroque and Rococo. The palace has several halls with differing capacities, one of them dedicated specially for concerts, as it has excellent acoustics. It is a beautiful, spacious hall with molding on the walls and ceiling and big crystal chandeliers where different kinds of events can take place, including conferences, gala dinners, balls, presentations, fashion shows, and much more.