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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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  • love Gatchina gladly walk the streets and parks. Park of Gatchina slowly appear in order (not as big as the Alexandria Park and Park in oranienbaum). again to discover part of the Park, adjacent to the Prioratskomu Palace, a very picturesque and worthy to visit.
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  • Were in the town of Gatchina. Travelling by bus 18 from Metro station "Moskovskaya" somewhere around an hour. Visited Big Gatchina Palace. Be sure to take the tour guide tells a very interesting, we were lucky to see the Empress and hear cast into the Dungeon.
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  • I love the city of Gatchina for its beauty and hospitality. We have a family tradition of attending with children Gatchinskie parks, there are very beautiful at any time of the year.
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