Palace of Grand Duke Michael
In 1861 the architect Andrei Stakenschneider built a palace for Grand Duke Michael, the son of Nicholas I. With the help of Baroque porticos and Renaissance ornament the architect gave the façade a most sumptuous appearance. The interiors impress by an abundance of Corinthian columns and pilasters. Extensive use was made of artificial marble, ornamental painting, moulding and wood-carving in the décor of the halls and rooms. Today the building houses gthe institute of the Academy of Sciences. The row of sumptuous buildings on the embankment is completed by the Marble Palace.