This building was originally named the
Mikhailovski Castle. It was designed and built by Vasilii Bazhenov and Vincenzo
Brenna in 1797-1801 for Emperor Paul I. The emperor was in such fear for his
life that he built a fortress surrounded by a moat. This did him no good, as he
was assassinated in his bedroom shortly after moving into the building. In 1823
the building was taken over by the Guards Corps Engineers school from which the
present name is derived. Now is contains a branch of the Russia museum. The
palace is in the corner between the Moyka and Fontanka canals where they meet.
A bridge over the Moyka is visible in the foreground.