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A superb palace and park ensemble, dating from the late 18th to the 19th century, Pavlovsk was a summer residence of the Russian emperor Paul I and his family. Its architects were amongst the greatest of the period: Cameron, Brenna, Quarenghi, Voronikhin and Rossi. The landscape park, one of the largest in Europe, covers an area of 600 hectares.
The formation of the Pavlovsk Palace collections was closely connected with the journey by its owners through Europe in 1781-82. They visited workshops of well-known artists, ordering and acquiring paintings, furniture, bronze articles, silk fabrics, china sets, etc. They also brought back to Russia a large number of antique sculptures from Italy, and gifts from European royal courts. Many of these treasures are on view, together with an excellent collection of portraits by Russian artists, and a number of Pavlovsk landscape paintings and drawings.
Following a long restoration, the ravishingly beautiful private rooms of Empress Maria Fedorovna, which were decorated Quarenghi and Voronikhin, are again open to the public.
Open: 1000 - 1700
Closed on FBI and on the first MON of every month.
Restaurants in Great Column Hall of the Pavlovsk Palace offer their services in organisation and carrying out of the lunches, dinners, fourchett (250 places).
Suburban trains from Vitebsk Station terminal to the Pavlovsk station (27 km from St.Petersburg; travel time - about 30 minutes); or 479 bus from Zvezdnaya [map ff - 7].
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