So the most important thing this palace is famous for is the murder of Rasputin. Rasputin was a peasant who found enlightenment somewhere along the way and he was able to explain very complex things easily, but better than that, he was able to cure people and even to stop the bleeding if haemophiliacs and one of the Czar's children suffered from such a problem and so Rasputin became very favoured by Czar Nicholas 2nd and had the ability to come and go from his palace at will. Now Felix Yusupov wasn't happy about this, nor about the Romanovs in general and so plotted to kill Rasputin. Here we see the plotters.
He didn't die and when Felix went upstairs to the others to tell them Rasputin tried to escape. Alas they caught and shot him and dumped his body in the Neva river. They didn't weigh it down so it was soon discovered and the perpetrators were sent off to the Peter & Paul fortress and the Czar and family went into mourning.
So the rest of the pics here are of the splendour of the palace, many of the pics being of the ornate ceilings.
Though we are not visiting the Hermitage museum, I feel I've been there as many of the items in this palace are replicas, the originals being in the Hermitage.
The palace even has its own theatre, still used for performances.
So many photos but it just becomes mind boggling. Our evening entertainment on board was a Russian folkloric group - excellent.