Nikolaevsky Palace was built by the order of Nicolas I for his third son Nicolas in 1861 by an outstanding master of eclectic style – Shtakenschneider. During the long time the Great duke Nicolas was living there with his family. After the revolution the Palace was nationalized and was called the Labor Palace. During the Second World War the building was partly destroyed. Now it’s repaired and is opened for visitants.
Having combined different styles, baroque, classic, renaissance, the architect Shtakenschneider created a building full of harmony. The marvelous marble gala stairs which decorates the interior of the palace is considered to be one of the best creations of Shtakenschneider.