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Saint Michael's Castle
is a former royal residence in the historic centre of
, Russia. It was built for Emperor
between 1797 and 1801, and named after
, the patron saint of the royal family. Constructed like a castle around a small octagonal courtyard, the four facades were built in different architectural styles, including
. The emperor was assassinated in the castle forty days after taking up residence. After his death, the imperial family returned to the
and the building was transferred to the Russian Army's
Main Engineering School
. In 1990, it became a branch of the
, and now houses its portrait gallery.
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