Taleon Imperial Hotel

Address: Nevsky Ave, 15, St Petersburg, 191186

Taleon Imperial Hotel in St. Petersburg

In 1755, by decree of Empress Elizabeth, daughter of Peter the Great, at the intersection of Nevsky Prospekt, the main street of St. Petersburg, and the Moyka Embankment, a temporary wooden Winter Palace was erected. At this time, architect Francesco Bartolomeo Rastrelli is building a stone Winter Palace for the Empress, which is located on Palace Square to this day. But soon, a special decree banning the construction of wooden houses on Nevsky Prospect, and the wooden house located at Nevsky Prospect, 15 is demolished.

And in 1768, French architect Jean-Baptiste Wallen-Delamot built a mansion in the style of classicism on the site of the temporary Winter Palace, commissioned by the Chief of Police Nikolai Ivanovich Chicherin.

In 1771, the Chicherin House was finally completed. It becomes a historical heritage, as well as a strong symbol of the reign of Catherine II.

Here the Italian merchant Berlotti opens a vegetable shop on the lower floor of the Chicherin House.

The building hosts concerts and masquerades organized by the Music Club. At these evenings there are such writers as A.N. Radishchev and D.I. Fonvizin, a very fashionable at the time architect J. Quarenghi.

In 1789, because of the large debts of his father, one of the sons Chicherina – Alexander, Vice-Colonel of the Cuirassier regiment, is forced to sell the house to Prince Alexei Borisovich Kurakin.

By order of the new owner in the continuation of the already existing building on Nevsky Prospect a stone apartment building is built at the address 59, Moyka Embankment.

In 1801, the governor-general of St. Petersburg, Count Palen, lived in the building. He became the main leader in the conspiracy against the Russian Emperor Paul I. On the night of March 11, 1801, he instructed a group of 12 officers who attempted to kill Paul I in Mikhailovsky Castle.

Napoleon's beloved Mademoiselle Georges (1787–1867) also lived here. In 1808, the famous French actress successfully performed on the stage of Petersburg theaters.

Among her many admirers is the Russian emperor. Alexander I. In 1812, after the expulsion of Napoleon’s army from Russia's Mademoiselle George left St. Petersburg.

Throughout the decade of the 1820s, the Talon restaurant, located in the building on Nevsky Prospect, is the most popular restaurant in St. Petersburg.  

From 1860-70, the ceremonial room, where the ballroom "Imperial" is currently located, is rented to the Noble Noble Assembly. It regularly organizes musical and literary evenings, at which F.M. Dostoevsky, I.S. Turgenev, M.E. Saltykov-Shchedrin and other prominent writers of the time.

At the beginning of the 20th century, the third generation of the Eliseevs lived in the complex of these buildings. Stepan Petrovich Eliseev, one of the representatives of the dynasty, collects a significant collection of Rodin's sculptures - now these works are exhibited in the Hermitage.

In the period from 1902-1904, according to Stepan Petrovich Yeliseyev’s plan, a complete restructuring of the palace’s interior was carried out, the halls were decorated in various styles: Renaissance, Baroque, Rococo, French Ampire. At the end of the restoration, the Eliseevs move to the wing of the building, located on the embankment of the Moika River. The wing, which is located on Nevsky Prospect, occupies the operating room of the bank. A number of other premises are rented.

In 1903 S.P. During his trip to Paris, Yeliseyev attends the Autumn Exhibition, which highlights new trends in arts and crafts, and orders an art nouveau library at the exhibition. It can be seen to this day in the "Biblioteka" meeting room.

In 1918, due to the current political situation, the Eliseev family was forced to emigrate. According to legend, leaving the house, the Eliseevs hid part of the silverware in one of the walls of the house. Until now, these treasures have not been found.

From 1919-1922, the Eliseev Mansion was nationalized, and in the task on the embankment of the Moyka River, the House of Arts was created - a society founded by Maxim Gorky and uniting the creative intelligentsia. The society includes many well-known Russian artists: A.A. Akhmatova, E.I. Zamyatin, K.S. Petrov-Vodkin, Yu.P. Annenkov, O.E. Mandelstam The activities of the House of Arts are described in the Forsch novel “Crazy Ship”.

Here, in 1919, Vladimir Mayakovsky read his political poem “150 million,” talking about the opposition of 150 million Soviet workers to capitalism.

In 1920, Maxim Gorky presided at a meeting at the House of Arts in the hall, which is currently called the Nut Living Room (Orehovaya Gostinnaya). Among those present - the English writer HG Wells.

In 1923, Alexander Green read here the final version of Scarlet Sails.

In 1924, a new cultural institution was opened in the building on Nevsky Prospekt - a working cinema with the romantic name “Svetlaya Lenta” (since 1931 - “The Barrikady”), where young aspiring composer DD. Shostakovich. He becomes one of the most famous composers of the XX century.

In the 1920s, the building on the Moyka River Embankment was occupied by the “Club of Business Workers of Socialist Industry”.

From 1941-44 the Siege of Leningrad. The cinema "Barrikady" throughout the blockade broadcasts military scenes, documentaries and feature films. The cinema is becoming an important source of information for city residents.

In the 1980s, some of the premises of the Barricades closed due to the poor condition of the building, but the cinema continued to operate until the 2000s.

In 1993, Talion OJSC began to reconstruct buildings (the Chicherin Palace on Nevsky Prospekt, the Eliseev mansion on the Moyka embankment and classicism buildings on Bolshaya Morskaya Street), which now represent a single complex and are an integral part of the historical part of the city ensemble.

In 1997, the opening of the "Taleon Club", which is located in a building on the embankment of the river Moyka, took place.

2003 Inauguration of the Taleon Imperial Hotel, dedicated to the 300th anniversary of St. Petersburg. "Taleon Imperial Hotel" - the only hotel in St. Petersburg, located in a historic palace of the XVIII century, with a number of rooms - 29 rooms.

Large-scale reconstruction of mansions lasted from 2003 to 2010.
In 2010, the ceremonial opening of the restored buildings of the Taleon Imperial Hotel on Nevsky Prospect and Bolshaya Morskaya Street took place. As a result of combining all three buildings, the number of rooms increases to 89. Now the total area of ​​the hotel, including the main halls, staircases, atrium and corridors, is 27,000 m².

St. Petersburg hotel "Talion Imperial" refers to the best hotels in the world. It is really magnificent: its interiors awaken memories of the Royal residences, and the cuisine and unique SPA-programs have received more than one high award. The premium suites of the hotel have the corresponding names - "Emperor" and "Empress", they recreated the decor of the XVIII century, in particular marble columns. A special pride of "Talion Imperial" - historical state rooms on the third floor, located enfilade. The ballroom "Baccarat" is decorated in the spirit of neo-Baroque, the hall "Library" - in the art Nouveau style: the walls are decorated with carved panels with floral patterns, the ceiling - spectacular painting. The room is furnished with furniture made in 1903 by the famous workshop of Paul A. Dumas. Equally impressive are the restaurants of the hotel - gastronomic "Talion", restaurant of Russian cuisine "Victoria" and Georgian bar "Griboyedov".

On the top floor of the hotel is the SPA-center "Talion SPA" with a 20-meter swimming pool, Hammam, plunge pool and even a salt cave.

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