Gatchina. Suburbs of the Saint Petersburg. Tour to Saint Petersburg. Legend tour.
Gatchina. Suburbs of the Saint Petersburg. Tour to Saint Petersburg.
TRIP TO ST. PETERSBURG
SUBURBS OF THE ST.PETERSBURG
In 1765 Catherine the 2nd presented Gatchina Farm to her favorite Count G. Orlov. In 1766-1781, the Great Palace was built, and on the shores of the Big and the Silver Lakes the first landscape park in Russia was planted, the Palace Park (architect A. Rinaldi). An underground passage led from the palace to the lakes. In 1783, Catherine the 2nd bought Gatchina from the Orlov family and gave it to her son Paul. In 1792 the expansion and reconstruction works of the palace and the parks began. At that time the Catherine Tower, the Forest Conservatory, monumental gates, a terraced quay, as well as the square with bulwarks and Connetable obelisk, the Birch House and the Venus Pavilion (architect V. Brenna) all appeared. At the moment, the Gatchina Palace is under restoration and only several 18th century halls are open for the public.
GATCHINA PALACE Open 10 a.m. -- 5 p.m. Closed Mon. and the last Tues. of each month.
How to get there: suburban trains from Baltiysky railway station, get off at Gatchina-Baltiyskaya and walk to the park; or you can take route taxi 18 or bus 431 from Moskovskaya metro station.