Pavlovsk

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The State museum "Pavlovsk" is the former summer residence of Emperor Paul I, son of Catherine the Great, and his wife, Empress Maria Fiodorovna. This is one of the largest landscape parks in Europe, uniformly fascinating in its diversity of picturesque views. Rolling countryside on the banks of the winding Slavianka river provides endless vistas which seem to have been created by Nature itself, without any human effort.

Pavlovsk Palace

Pavlovsk palace was designed by a brilliant Scottish architect Charles Cameron. Built in the Classicism style, this gold and white edifice seems both light and monumental. Its fortunate location on a hill makes the palace visible even from the distant corners of Pavlovsk park.

Interiors of the palace are just as cosy and harmonious as the parkland around it. The art collections of Pavlovsk palace were formed mostly during Paul I and Maria Fiodorovna travels in Western Europe. They visited famous masters and acquired paintings, porcelain, silk fabrics and various other items. Along with exquisite gifts from European royal families, they became part of the palace elegant furnishing.

Admission to Pavlovsk palace is free with St Petersburg Card.

Pavlovsk park

The park in Pavlovsk is delightful in any weather. You can enjoy its lush greenery on a bright sunny or a wet rainy day, admire the colourful autumn foliage or the snow-covered tall trees. It is a truly vast space on almost 600 hectares, so it would be reasonable to rent a bike if you are keen on seeing as much as possible. But you can have wonderful time even without straying far from the palace, especially since the atmosphere of the place is perfectly suitable for quiet walks.

One can easily perceive the remarkable unity of natural beauty and artificial creations in Pavlovsk. The grounds are scattered with marble and bronze sculpture, elegant pavilions, decorative ruins. Some of the most famous include the circular Temple of Friendship, Apollo Colonnade, the Centaur Bridge. Distinguished guests arriving at Pavlovsk used to enter the grounds by the Triple Lime Tree Alley in front of the Palace.

Admission to Pavlovsk park is free with St Petersburg Card.

Visiting

Pavlovsk is located 25 km south of St Petersburg. The museum and park ensemble is a good idea for a daybreak. It is less dazzling and crowded than other famous residences, and the idyllic scenery will certainly put you in a more relaxed

If you are pressed for time, you may combine this trip with a visit to Tsarskoye Selo, since there's just 20 minutes on a bus between them.

Historical facts

Pavlovsk was presented to Paul I by his mother, Catherine II, after the birth of her grandson, the future Alexander I. However, since Paul preferred spending time in Gatchina, Pavlovsk became more of a gift to his wife, Maria Fiodorovna. The Empress was fond of landscape gardening and flowers - particularly roses, and invested this love in decoration of the estate. It is her diverse talents and perfect taste that finally turned Pavlovsk into such a gem. 

Free with
St Petersburg Card
Normal Ticket Price: 500 RUB (palace) + 100 RUB (park)

Address:
20, Sadovaya Street, Pavlovsk

Closest metro station:
Moskovskaya

Getting there:
Minibus: 299, station "Pavlovsky dvorets"; minibus 545, station "Pavlovsky vokzal - Pavlovsky park"

Phone:
+7 (812) 452-15-36

Website:
www.pavlovskmuseum.ru

Open hours:
Daily: 10:00 - 18:00, tickets till 17.00. Closed: first Monday of each month. The park is open from 06.00 to 23.00, tickets from 10.00 till 16.30

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