Gilze van der Pals Villa

  Anglisky pr. 8-10 ,   Admiralteisky         31 Jan 2019
Located on Anglisky Prospekt, this villa is one of the finest Art Nouveau buildings in the city. The first proud owner was Henrich Gilze van der Pals, a Dutch businessman and general consul of the Netherlands. Elements of the National Romanticism imported from Russia’s Nordic neighbors decorate the mansion’s exterior (think semi-circular windows, gray tiles and turrets) and on the inside you will find a hodgepodge of styles: Renaissance, Rococo, Gothic and early modernist. After the 1917 Revolution, the mansion was used by the Union of German Youth, then changed into the House of Enlightenment and also housed a military draft board. Luckily, the interiors managed to survive. 

What is especially interesting about this mansion is the courtyard, which was designed in the form of a Dutch farm. Your camera will have a field day with the elegant half-timbered tower covered with green tiles. So even if you don’t have time to look inside the house, do get a glimpse of this unique bit of Dutch St. Petersburg.




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