Three halls have been restored in the Chinese Palace


On the 250th anniversary of the Chinese Palace, three halls were opened after restoration: the curtained bedchamber, the boudoir and the cabinet of Paul I. The Chinese Palace is the only rococo-style architectural monument in Russia. It is unique in its authenticity – the restorers are aimed at maximum preservation of the historical appearance and strengthening of the existing walls’ finish.

There were two discoveries during the restoration: in Pavel Petrovich’s cabinet the original doors of the 18th century were discovered by accident. Removed during the restoration in the 19th century, they were turned over and served as a wall panels. Thus, the unique items have survived till our time. Also painting of the XVIII century was found in the curtained bedchamber. Restorers found it under about 18 layers of paint and preserved panels without painting on it.

Several halls of the palace are still being restored. It will take another 4-5 years. Restoration of the Chinese Palace began in 2009. During this time, 10 out of 17 halls were reconstructed.