A shining example of Russian neoclassical design of the 18th and 19th centuries, the Rastorguyev-Kharitonov House stands out as an architectural gem in Ekaterinburg. Immaculately preserved, this palace is arguably the most elegant residence in the area.
The building’s architect
Although historians disagree on the principle architect of the house, evidence suggests that one of the most respected and commissioned architects of the time, M.P. Malakhov, had a hand in the design. Regardless of the designer, the six stunning Corinthian columns, the distinctive appearance of the west and south facades, and the spectacular garden view, memorialise the structure to passers by.
A residence of many functions
Despite its splendour, this building actually served as a functioning residence. It has also held the role of high court, a prison and a granary over the course of its history. In the late 19th century, officials converted the building into a visitor attraction, which it serves as today. Within its walls, there is many a story to be told. When visiting, learn of legends and tales surrounding the house, in particular, one of an underground labyrinth that is said to run under the palace and have a secret entrance, which has never been found.
Discover the areas other attractions
The palace is located on Ascension Hill, next to the oldest church in the city, dating back to 1792: the Church of Ascension
. Once you have finished discovering the palace, make sure you stroll through the nearby beautiful landscaped park and enjoy its lawns, lakes and walking trails. When you are refreshed and ready for more sightseeing make your way to the church, which now has cathedral status. Rastorguyev-Kharitonov's House, the surrounding park and the church are located within walking distance of the Park Inn by Radisson Ekaterinburg Hotel
. This puts you in the perfect place to discover this city’s attractions.