Some of the Romanov family palaces in St. Petersburg are instantly recognizable and widely known. Some, however, are hidden behind nondescript architecture, their former glory fallen away. Yet all the Romanov palaces (there were, after all, a lot of Romanovs – and they all needed somewhere to live) housed secrets and scandals, of the sort expected in any family with such immense power and possessions. Many of the Romanov family’s secrets will never be known. But behind these palace walls, one can catch a sordid glimpse into the private affairs of the illustrious dynasty.
Winter Palace, Palace Square
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