Felix Youssoupov, from Russia to Brittany

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Keriolet castle Castle Prince Youssoupov

Félix, Rasputine : blood and orgies

When Zénaïde died, Keriolet was opened to the public. But not for a long time: a princess’ parent turned up, pretty interested by the estate… This parent this the famous Félix Youssoupov, Zénaïde’s grand-grand son!

You know him, maybe, he was the guy who murdered the monk Rasputine. Yes, in 19010, Russia and the tsar Nicholas II went across one of Russia’s worst crisis. And the imperial family’s customs gave people something to talk about: orgies, debauchery, worst, said the gossip… why those gossips? Because the tzarina hosted in the imperial palace this horrible Rasputine, this healer and mystic monk, one “God’s messenger”, said the tzarina.

Rasputine upset everyone. People said that this yucky false monk gave bad advices to the tsar, who led his entire country on the edge of the abyss! Rasputine had to die. Quick, quick, someone to do that?? But who, who wanted to save the imperial family’s honour? Félix.

Keriolet, a real plundering

A strange boy, this Félix! Androgynous, so handsome, fond of Oscar Wilde, he liked to wear women’s clothes for socialite parties… He left Russia in 1919 and moved to France. And to keep his luxurious lifestyle, Félix (his fortune was seized by Soviets after the Russian Revolution) had to find a way to get money. Like with the castle of Keriolet, for instance?...

He brought an action against the département of Finistère and get the castle back in 1956. Whoosh, he closed the museum, plundered the collections, divided up the park and the estate slowly deteriorate. Nowadays, there’s only 4 hectares of park (50 ha originally)! Fortunately, a monument lover bought Keriolet at the end of the 20th c. and saved it by a hair’s breadth.