Monplaisir Palace

Monplaisir Palace (Peterhof, Russia) — history, tours, expositions. Exact location, telephone, entrance fees. Halls and rooms, historical events.

Taking a walk around Monplaisir is a truly royal pleasure. At the foot of the palace you can hear the quiet whispering of the waves in the Gulf of Finland, the emerald foliage rustles all around the Peterhof Park and the building itself, founded in the beginning of the 18th century, can give odds to any other palace from the distant shores of the Loire in its elegance and originality. The name of the palace goes hand in hand with its meaning, from French Monplaisir means «my pleasure» – this is exactly what Peter had in his mind when he was planning the construction of a small and cozy mansion on the shore.

Monplaisir can be called the «heart» of Peterhof and it is not by chance that it  became the favorite palace of the tzar-the-reformer. Peter the Great decided where the palace would be located as well as worked significantly on the interior choosing some elements of interior decoration.

It“s worth mentioning that a lot of architects have been working on the building. During the period between 1714 and 1723 such outstanding figures like Schluter, Braunstein, Leblon and Michetti were dealing with the works with concrete and the sand as well as the best of painters, sculptors and carvers of the time.

The layout of the palace is amazing: Peter decided to erect a building that would meet the needs of an enlightened man and the scholar, rather than the usual idle aristocrat. For this same reason, the main halls are not separated from the domestic premises and the living rooms. The most important asset of Monplaisir is definitely the “filling”. Within the walls of the mansion you will have the unique chance to see the first collection of paintings of European artists of 17th and 18th centuries, which were acquired, by the way, by Peter the Great himself.

 The indoors paintings were created by the French artist, F. Pilmanom. 

 Monplaisir can be called the «heart» of Peterhof, and it is not by chance that it becasme the favorite palace of the tzat-the reformer. 

What else is worthwhile seeing in Monplaisir? The collection of Chinese porcelain and Russian glass, pottery from Holland and cookware of Peter the Great“s time, as well as tiles, lacquered panels, carved oak panels, parquet and the ubiquitos noble marble of Peterhof. 

It is especially pleasant to walk about the palace premises when thinking about the many historical events that have taken place within its walls. What“s not to mention here? The best people of the fatherland were gathering here. Monplasir was the place of meeting of Peter the Great with his companions: cunnign merchants and ambassadors and swearing ships’ skippers. Imperial court congresses, gala receptions have all taken place in Monplaisir. In 1725 Catherine I solemnly welcomed the first members of the Academy of Sciences. Catherine II also liked frequenting Monplaisir, gathering narrow circles of confidants for small but very exquisite dinners.

The status of architectural monument, Monplaisir acquired in the middle of the 18th century, when it began to be treated as a memorial, associated with the name of Peter the Great. His belongings and gifts from diplomats are still kept in the palace“s collection.

Addres: Peterhof.

How to get there: Monplaisir is located on the shores of the Gulf Of Finland, between the Grand Palace and «Alexendria» Park.

The palace is closed form October through May. 

Monplaisir Pavilon:

Open: May 23 to October 9: daily, 10:30 am to 6 pm. Last admission is at 5 pm.
Admission: RUB 400.00 (∼7$). Audio-guide: RUB 150.00  (∼2$)
Photo and video: not allowed

Catherine Wing:

Open: May to September: Daily, 10:30 am to 6 pm. Last admission is at 5 pm. October to April: Saturday and Friday, 10:30 am to 5 pm. Last admission is at 4 pm
Admission: RUB 400.00 (∼7$). Audio-guide: RUB 150.00 (∼2$)
Photo and video: not allowed

Bath Wing:

Open: May to September: Daily, 10:30 am to 6 pm. Last admission is at 5 pm. October to April: Saturday and Sunday, 10:30 am to 5 pm. Last admission is at 4 pm
Closed: Wednesday
Admission: RUB 400.00 (∼7$). Audio-guide: RUB 150.00 (∼2$)
Photo and video: not allowed

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