Menshikov Palace

Well worth visiting is the riverside Menshikov Palace (Map pp240-1; ยง 332 1112; www.hermitage; Universitetskaya nab 15; adult/student R200/100; S 10.30am-4.30pm Tue-Sun; (M) Vasileostrovskaya), built in 1707 for Alexander Menshikov, a close friend (many now say lover) of Peter the Great. Menshikov effectively ran Russia from here for three years between Peter's death and his own exile. Now a branch of the Hermitage (p244), the palace's impressively restored interiors are filled with period art and furniture. Organ concerts are held at noon on Sunday here.

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