Dimitrie Cantemir's Palace

This baroque palace was designed by Italian architect Bartolomeo Rastrelli. It was his first work in Saint Petersburg. Requested by Moldavian Prince Dimitrie Cantemir the work started in 1720. Unfortunately, the latter died three years later, two years before the palace was completed. His widow and four of his children inherited of the palace. Later the palace had several owners. Before World War I it hosted the Turkish Embassy. Today, it is well-known for hosting the “Russian Maritime Register of Shipping”.
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