Dead Russian Emperors Ghost Haunts 18th Century Palace

Story By: Anna CasapSub EditorJoseph GolderAgencyCentral European News

Video Credit: CEN/@pavlovsk_palace_and_park

This is the spooky moment a CCTV camera captures an eerie glow moving around an 18th-century palace in the middle of the night with one netizen claiming it is the ghost of dead Russian Tsar Paul I.

The incident was filmed at Pavlovsk Palace, an 18th-century Russian Imperial residence in the north-western Russian city of Saint Petersburg, which was built for Paul I, a Russian Tsar who was brutally murdered.

Palace security staff noticed the strange glow and shared the footage on social media.

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In the video, a circular glow is seen moving around at the foot of a staircase.

Palace staff accompanied the clip with the message: “Incredible! Cameras at Pavlovsk Palace filmed this unusual phenomenon in the Egyptian lobby at around 1am. What do you think it is?”

“We are going through the CCTV footage from the previous month to see if a similar phenomenon has been recorded.

Video Credit: CEN/@pavlovsk_palace_and_park

“We are also in contact with specialists who could maybe explain what it is.”

Netizens had a lot to say about the eerie glow, with ‘Euphera’ commenting: “It is a plasmoid [a coherent structure of plasma and magnetic fields]. In the programme ‘The Invisible World’, the presenter talks about them in detail.”

While netizen ‘mary_maris_stella’ commented: “It is Paul’s ghost!”, apparently referring to Paul I, who reigned as Emperor of Russia between 1796 and 1801, when he was brutally assassinated in a coup. This palace was his summer residence.

Paul was known to have had spooky premonitions that he would be assassinated. He was assassinated by nobles after having discovered corruption in the treasury and having angered them by trying to force them to adopt a code of chivalry. 

But ‘Avarikadima’ was sceptical and said: “It is just backlit dust being filmed out of focus.”

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