Pavlovsk is an outstanding Palace and Park Ensemble, a monument of Russian architecture of the XVIII and early XIX centuries, included by a presidential decree in the list of protected national heritage sites in Russia. The State Museum-Estate is visited annually by more than 1.5 million tourists. Pavlovsk is also included in the list of cities under the protection of UNESCO. Prominent architects, decorators and painters of the XVIII — XIX centuries were involved in its creation: C. Cameron, V. Brenna, A. Voronihin, G. Quarenghi, C. Rossi, P. Gonzaga, etc. Pavlovsk was built as a summer residence of Emperor Paul I and his family. The Pavlovsk Park is one of the largest in Europe, with an area of 600 hectares. The Pavlovsk Park since its creation is known as the best landscaped park in the world. It is the only country park, which for the past two centuries has been open to the public. Since the XIX century, there is a tradition of musical concerts, which continues nowadays. The dominant of the park is the Pavlovsk Palace, built on the bank of the Slavyanka River. The Pavlovsk Palace is visible even from the most remote parts of the park. The general scheme of the building resembles a Russian country estate: the open colonnade is attached to the main building. The lobby of the Pavlovsk Palace is decorated with Egyptian statues. The main facade of the palace was framed by the semicircular galleries and wings surrounding a vast front yard. In 1872, there was set a monument to Paul I in the center of the front yard. This composition is very similar to the square in front of the Palace in Versailles, with a monument to Louis XIV. During the World War II, a lot of the exhibits of the Pavlovsk Palace were stolen, and the Palace was set on fire. But in 1957, a part of the restored rooms of the palace was opened to the public, and in 1978, the restoration was completed. Currently, there are open 45 palatial rooms for visitors. The Pavlovsk Palace is a museum which collection consists of over 57,000 items, includes the collections of Russian and Western European decorative art, paintings and drawings, the collection of ancient sculpture. The museum develops new areas of activity — contemporary art exhibitions, educational activities for children and adults.
Excursions with Pavlovsk Park
After a 27-km drive through the suburbs of St. Petersburg you’ll reach Pavlovsk, a former summer residence of the Russian tsars in the 18th-19th centuries.
Take an exciting tour of the marvellous palace with its classical interiors giving you a uniq
During this tour you will compare the two official royal residences: Pushkin, one of the earliest royal estates, and Pavlovsk, one of the latest, make a lovely combination!
Just half-an-hour drive, and you get to the most spectacular of St.Petersbur
We suggest that you take a guided tour of St. Petersburg magnificent suburbs.
Pavlovsk is a town located 26 kilometers to the south of St. Petersburg. Dating from the late 18th to the 19th century, it used to be a summer residence of the Russian em