Tsarskoe Selo

Member Rating 4 out of 5 by angelsil on February 4, 2003

Getting out of the city and traveling by train or taxi to Pushkin allows you to visit the palace of Catherine the Great -- or Tsarskoe Selo, a splendid example of Russian Baroque architecture designed by Rastrelli, amongst others. A striking complement of turquoise and gild, the palace was used to hold court in the Summer by various tsars from the time of Catherine.

The tour of the main building is available in several languages, including English. Joining a tour from St. Petersburg will ensure that you get the tour in English, but is more costly than going on your own. Be prepared to take your shoes off and don slippers. The interior has been mostly restored, following a devestating attack in WWII. Restorations are ongoing to bring it up to the pre-war attack, including restoration of the famed Amber room.

Make a day of your trip to Pushkin, as the grounds are magnificent and several smaller buildings merit investigation. The smaller Hermitage is a mirror of the larger building. Pushkin also features the Alexander palace and is an easy taxi ride from Pavlovsk.

Tsarskoe Selo
St. Petersburg, Russia


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