Pavlovsk + Gatchina
Duration: 7 hours
Non-working days: Monday, Friday, First Monday of the month, First Tuesday of the month
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 emperor Paul I. You’ll admire exceptionally beautiful nature of this place and see how talented architects masterfully combined the natural landscape with the architectural construction.
The palace of Gatchina is a palmary example of early Russian classicism designed by Rinaldi, a prominent Italian architect, as a hunting estate for Count Orlov. Later it is to become a favourite among his estates for Emperor Paul who proclaimed the place an official Emperor’s residence. Built as a secluded castle, the palace rises above the still water and dominates over the surrounding landscape.
Giant sizes, ten towers, walls faced with local limestone, and the underground passage leading to the lake make the palace and the whole ensemble different from the other summer residences in the suburbs of St. Petersburg. That’ something you will remember for a long time!
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