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Environs of Petersburg

Environs of St. Petersburg

If you decide to come to Russia you should visit the environs of St. Petersburg. Before the October Revolution in the outskirts of the city were the country residences of the royal family. Royal palaces and parks remain in the environs of St. Petersburg.

Our company presents you the guide of the outskirts of St. Petersburg.  You can see in our guide such environs of Petersburg as the world-famous palace and park with fountains in Peterhof, landscape park and baroque palace in Tsarskoye Selo and huge landscape park and palace, created in the style of classicism, in Pavlosk. We invite you to visit such country residences of the tsar?s family as Gatchina, Strelna, Oranienbaum and Alexandria. The environs of St. Petersburg are filled with palaces and architectural masterpieces, have unique landscape design and are decorated with sculptures and monuments. The palaces of the royal country residences have wonderful collections of art: paintings, engravings and sculptures.

If you want to visit the environs of St Petersburg we can offer you amazing excursions with professional guides.

Peterhof
Peterhof

Peterhof is a widespread ensemble of palaces, parks and gardens, located in the suburbs of Petersburg. It was created on the shore of the Gulf of Finland for the Emperor Peter I. Peterhof was laid in 1710 as a summer country residence of the royal family. Peter I wanted to build the ensemble that would be the symbol of the marine power of the Russian fleet and could match the residences of the European kings.


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Oranienbaum
Oranienbaum

Oranienbaum was one of the country residences of the royal house. It was given as a gift by Peter I to his minion ? the prince A.Menshikov. The prince began building of the ensemble of the palace and park in 1710. He called the country estate ? Oranienbaum that meant ?Orange tree?. At that time Great Menshikov?s palace was created.


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Strelna
Strelna

The country residence of Romanovs family ? Strelna ? was created on the southern shore of the Gulf of Finland near the Strelka River. In 1710 Peter I decided to construct here the residence that would be ?the Russian Versailles? but his plans hadn?t come true. In 1716 the Lower Park of Strelna was laid and at the same time the travel Palace of Peter I was created.


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Tsarskoye Selo
Tsarskoye Selo

Tsarskoye Selo ? the suburb of Petersburg ? was created as a country residence of the imperial family. In 1710 Tsarskoye Selo was given as a gift by Peter I to his future wife Marta Scavronskaya (Catherine I). In 1718-24 a two-storey stone palace and a garden with terraces and ponds were erected. Under the Empress Elizabeth Tsarskoye Selo was turned into the ensemble of palaces and parks.


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Pavlovsk
Pavlovsk

Pavlovsk was bestowed on the grand duke Pavel Petrovich and his wife Maria Fyodorovna by the Empress Catherine II. Two country cottages ? Paullust and Marientahl ? were created for the grand-ducal couple in 1778. In 1780 Catherine II ordered Ch.Cameron to turn Pavlovsk into the grand-ducal residence.


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Gatchina
Gatchina

The history of Gatchina as the ensemble of parks and palaces began in 1765 when the Empress Catherine II gave it as a gift to her minion ? the count G.Orlov. The count organized hunting grounds in Gatchina ? Menagerie ? and began the building of the palace. For the construction of the palace the architect A.Rinaldi was engaged.


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Alexandria
Alexandria

The ensemble of park and palaces Alexandria was the country residence of the tsar?s family in 1830-1917. The residence got the title Alexandria in honour of the wife of the Emperor Nicolay I ? Alexandra Fyodorovna. Nicolay I gave Alexandria as a present to his wife in 1825.


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