Budget Tours and Excursions in St-Petersburg. The old-fashioned and mystifying city of Russia.
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Pavlovsk Palace and park ensemble is located 13 miles (27 km) away from St.Petersburg. The original estate was around 1500 acres and was a gift from Catherine to Paul on the birth of his first son, the future Tsar Alexander I, in 1777, so that he could build his summer residence here. Work on the palace began in 1781 under the direction of the famous Scottish architect, Charles Cameron. Being one of Catherine's favorite architects he however was not in favor for Paul and his wife Maria. Paul detested his mother and had a habitual aversion to her favorites. After Cameron's departure, many other architects worked at Pavlovsk, including Voronikhin, Brenna, Rossi and others. After the murder of Paul in 1801, Pavlovsk became the primary residence of his widow. After her death in 1828 the palace passed to their son, Grand Duke Mikhail Petrovich. Mikhail was childless and bequeathed Pavlovsk to his nephew Konstantin Nickolaevich, who left in turn to his son, the famous poet Konstanin Konstantinovich. During this period the main building of the palace was recognised by the Romanov family as a unique artistic and historic legacy and was preserved as a virtual museum. Very few changes were made to the decoration and it continued to have the look and feel of the early 19th century.
Length: 4 hours
Price includes: car (minibus) + guide + entrance tickets
Price: 1 person - 9235 RUB (142 EUR/154 USD) p/person,
2 people - 5130 RUB (79 EUR/86 USD) p/person,
3 and more people - 3925 RUB (60 EUR/65 USD) p/person.
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