Saint Michael's Castle (Engineers' Castle)

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Emperor Paul moved to Saint Michael’s Castle on November 1, 1800. The wall plaster had yet to dry and the huge halls were filled with fog. On the night of March 1, 1801, a group of Guard Corps officers unhappy with the Emperor and his reforms wandered through the foggy rooms to his bedchamber where they strangled and trampled Paul to death.

In 1819, Saint Michael’s Castle was given over to the army’s Main Engineering School and from then on the building was known as the Engineers’ Castle. The most famous graduate of this school was the writer Fedor Dostoyevsky who, it should be noted, never put the knowledge and skills acquired here to any use.

Today the castle is home to a branch of the Russian Museum. The bridge to the only entrance to the castle has been restored. There’s even a monument to Emperor Paul in the inner courtyard.

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