Pavlovsk Palace and Park
Pavlovsk Palace is a former countryside residence of the Russian tzar Paul I, son of Catherine the Great. Pavlovsk palace is located just 4 km from the Catherine Palace, so these two tours can be done in one day. Pavlovsk palace is known for its Classical architecture and rich history.
On this tour, you will see the Pavlovsk Palace and Park, one of the most prized and popular St Petersburg attractions. The history of this palace goes back to the 18th century, during the reign of Catherine I. In 1777, the empress gave a gift of land to her son Paul and his wife Maria Feodorovna, which would eventually become the Pavlovsk estate we know and cherish today. Although Paul and his wife initially built some modest but beautiful buildings on this land, it was at Catherine’s behest that the architect Charles Cameron began building a palace here. Construction lasted for more than thirty years, and the end result was a monolithic and grand three-story building with beautiful architecture, interiors, and art. After the Revolution of 1917, the residence was turned into a museum and was open to the public until WWII, when it was bombarded and burned. Eventually, it was restored and replenished with art, giving us a shining jewel of Russian tradition and history in the city of St Petersburg. Embarking on one of the finest SPB tours, you will have an unforgettable day that will capture your imagination and linger in the memory for many years to come.
After you enter the palace, you will be able to take in the splendor of the many rooms of the first floor. Most of the rooms on this floor belonged to the empress Marie Feodorovna, but some were also allotted to residing guests. You will have the opportunity to visit the empress’s cabinet, a small but elegant room with a long, wall-hugging sofa, a beautiful chandelier, paintings, and access to a roomy balcony. This is was the royal’s place of quiet relaxation and craftwork, and was especially lively in the summer months, when the empress avoided the heat. This floor also features the empress’s dressing room, a spacious and ornate place with large mirrors, a high ceiling, and some very rare and expensive furniture and perfumery. The next major room you can find on this floor is the Pilaster Study, an impressive and light-filled place with numerous antique tables, chairs, stands, and a piano. If you are more interested in art than furniture, you will be delighted to visit the valet’s quarters, which are decorated in a gorgeous light-blue color and feature several fine paintings, as well as the empress’s favorite work cabinet, with a small but impressive collection of paintings, two large marble statues, and some tall Greek columns. On this floor, you can also find spacious rooms for dance, billiard games, dining, and receptions.
If you ascend to the second floor via the main staircase, you will be able to check out the exquisite staterooms of the palace. This section of the palace contains several antechambers and halls in distinctly foreign styles, such as Egyptian, Italian, and Greek. In these chambers, you can find rare and expensive artifacts and relics, all contained in the beautiful style of the Pavlovsk Palace interiors. The second floor is also known for holding the emperor’s favorite rooms, including several cabinets, a dressing room, library, bedroom, cavalier room, boudoir, as well as a carpet room, chapel, painting gallery, orchestra room, and war room.
Please contact me and we will discuss the details.
Duration 4 hours.
The cost of my guiding services is 20 US $ (19 Euro) per hour for a group of up to 10 people.