Catherine Palace (Pushkin) and Pavlovsk Tour
Vendor: City Break Tours St. Petersburg
Private Tour to Catherine Palace in Pushkin and the Grand Palace in Pavlovsk
Pushkin is a magnificent summer residence of the Russian tsars and tsarinas - the favorite palace of Catherine the Great. Tsarskoe Selo (the Village of the Tsars) was the place of official receptions of the nobility of Russia and foreign diplomats. It is a magnificent ensemble of parks and palaces, displaying 18th century Russian and European artistic culture. You immerse yourself in the atmosphere of the 18th century walking along the strict lines of the French garden and along the golden row during the excursion of the Catherine Palace . The jewel of the tour is visiting the legendary Amber Chamber also recognized as the eighth wonder of the world.
After visiting Pushkin, you will have a short (15 minute) drive to the splendid suburban palace which was specially built for Paul I (Catherine's son) and his wife Maria Fyodorovna as their family residence. The Pavlovsk Palace will amaze you with the atmosphere of elegance and abundance of authentic family belongings saved during WWII. The formation of the Pavlovsk Palace collectionsis associated with the journey of the Pavlovsk owners through Europe in 1781-1782. Visiting the workshops of famous masters, they bought and ordered paintings, furniture, bronze products, silk fabrics, porcelain sets, brought a large number of ancient sculptures from Italy, and received gifts from the royal courts of Europe. The palace museum presents a magnificent collection of Russian portraits, picturesque and graphic views of Pavlovsk. The rooms of Empress Maria Feodorovna, beautiful in their beauty and harmony, decorated at the beginning of the 19th century, were discovered after many years of restoration.
The trip back to the center of Saint Petersburg will take about an hour.
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