St. Michael's Castle, also called the Mikhailovsky Castle or the Engineers' Castle, is a former royal residence in the historic centre of Saint Petersburg, Russia. St. Michael's Castle was built as a residence for Emperor Paul I by architects Vincenzo Brenna and Vasili Bazhenov in 1797-1801. It was named after St. Michael, the patron saint of the Royal family. The castle looks different from each side, as the architects used motifs of various architectural styles such as French Classicism, Italian Renaissance and Gothic.
St. Michael's Castle was built to the south of the Summer Garden and replaced the small wooden palace of Empress Elizabeth Petrovna. Afraid of intrigues and assassination plots, Emperor Paul I disliked the Winter Palace where he never felt safe.
Mon, Wed, Fri, Sat, Sun: 10 am - 6 pm
Thu: 1 pm - 9 pm
Last entry 30 minutes before closing time
Adults: 350 RUB
Children: 150 RUB
Official website http://en.rusmuseum.ru/mikhailovsky-castle/exhibitions/
Phone +7 812 5954248
Address Inzhenernaya ulitsa 4, 190000, St Petersburg, Russia
Coordinates 59°56'25.394" N 30°20'15.752" E