Rasputin would have walked these stairs
to meet his host and begin his final meal.

The Imperial couple   consulted unconventional spiritual advisors but Rasputin filled this role by his ability to read their inner hopes and tell them what they wanted to hear. He encouraged Nicholas to have more confidence in his role as czar. Alexandra found that his counsel soothed her anxieties. By the First World War, Rasputin was also providing political advice and making recommendations for ministerial appointments, much to the dismay of the Russian elite. Rasputin cemented his relationship with the czar and czarina when he supposedly helped alleviate their only son Alexei’s hemophilia. Rasputin’s alleged healing powers continue to be debated today, but legend says he employed peasant folk medicine to treat internal bleeding in horses, and passed this knowledge on to help Alexei.