Sheremetev Palace – Museum of Music
The Fountain House is one of St. Petersburg’s most interesting sights, with a history going almost as far back as the city itself. The palace of the noble Sheremetev family, built on a vast plot between the Fontanka River Embankment and Liteyny Prospekt, was known as the Fountain House since the 18th century. Savva Chevakinsky was one of the main architects who worked on the building. It is possible that the design of Francesco Bartolomeo Rastrelli was used during construction. Over the centuries, a number of eminent architects were employed to work on the interiors of the palace and manor buildings, including Fyodor Argunov, Ivan Starov, Andrey Voronikhin, Giacomo Quarenghi, Christian Meyer, Domenico Quadri, Geronimo Corsini, Nicholas Benois, and Alexey Serebryakov. In the Sheremetev family’s time, the Fountain House was a centre for high society in St. Petersburg, welcoming a host of outstanding musicians as well as cultural and scientific figures. The Sheremetev Palace Choir Chapel, built to accompany worship services in the house church, was famed not only in Russia, but also in Europe.
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