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Gatchina Palace and Park, St. Petersburg
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Explore the historic imperial residence of past tsars at Gatchina Palace and Park. One hour's drive away from St. Petersburg, the palace sits atop the hills above Lake Serebryannoe, combining themes reminiscent of both a country residence and a medieval castle. Although originally built in 1766 for Count Orlov, Catherine the Great fell in love with the property and upon his death purchased and gifted the palace to her son, the future Emperor Paul I. Explore hundreds of rooms and numerous collections, including furniture, porcelain, antique weapons, sculptures, paintings, tapestries, and textiles. Information about the displays is written in English. Be sure to check out the secret underground tunnel and hear its famous echo before exiting. Afterwards, take a stroll through the large park and around the several lakes. Make Gatchina Palace and Park a centerpiece of your St. Petersburg vacation itinerary, and find what else is worth visiting using our St. Petersburg vacation planner.
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  • The beautiful nature, the Palace of Paul huge and gorgeous, with an underground access to the Lake. It is worth uvidet'1
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  • Were on an excursion and then a very long walked and searched the surrounding area. Unfortunately, many objects causes sadness (When that place is really valuable from a cultural point of view. Nevertheless, recommend everyone to visit the Palace Museum and if you are hungry, and Cafe there cheap and quite tasty.
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  • That is just about 45 kilometers away from St. Petersburg, going to the southwest. Can be reached by train or bus. We took a bus, in the purpose to visit also this renown site, apart from the Tsarskoe...  more »