Among the best places to visit in Russia is Gatchina. The private tour to Gatchina with personal St. Petersburg guide located 46 kilometers away from St. Petersburg is a complete history lesson that includes the visit of its environs:
- The Birch-tree house
- The Evangelican Lutheran church of St. Nicholas
- The Ingeborg and the Smolensk gates
- The Priory Palace of the prior of the Maltese Order – Prince Conde
- The military airport
- The Tatyanino train station named after the daughter of Nicholas the Second and many churches
The main landmark of Gatchina is the palace of Paul the First, the visit of the palace is included in the private tour to Gatchina with personal St. Petersburg guide.
✓ The history pages of St. Petersburg counts more than three hundred years and takes in the far suburbs of the city. St. Petersburg comprises also the Leningrad region and its environs. Each of the environs played an important role in the different times of the establishment and the development of the city.
They are now part of its cultural and historical heritage:
- Petrodvorets (Peterhof)
- Tsarskoye Selo (Pushkin)
The town of Gatchina takes its important place among them
Gatchina is a palace and park memorial estate. The first mention of Gatchina dates back to the 13th century when it was a small village. This territory was once Swedish but in course of the Northern war it once again became the territory of Russia. In 1765 Catherine the Great gave this spacious estate to one of her favorites – Prince Grigory Orlov. Extensive construction of the Big Palace of Gatchina began the next year. The architect Antonio Rinaldi was commissioned for the construction. How is the life of the Emperor Paul the First connected with the place? The construction of the palace was not in his time but no other royalty ever lived in the palace. You will learn about it with our St. Petersburg Russia excursions.
☞ Prince Paul Petrovich settled in the palace after the death of Grigory Orlov in 1783. The palace was reconstructed to its present look by the architect Vincenze Brenna. After Pavel Petrovich Empress Maria Fedorovna, Emperors Alexander the Second and Alexander the Third, Nicholas the First owned the palace. The palace acquired the name of Paul the First in connection with the considerable reconstruction that the palace underwent in his time. Paul the First gave Gatchina a status of a city and established its emblem that includes the traditional Russian double-headed eagle.
☞ The tourists and visitors of St. Petersburg notice that the palace of Paul the First differs from the other St. Petersburg palaces in architectural style. It is not decorated in gold or baroque elements and sculpture. However this does not reduce its architectural value. For the first time in the Russian architecture its façade was decorated with natural stone.
On the private tour to Gatchina with personal St. Petersburg guide you will see:
- The Anteroom
- The Marble Dining Hall
- The Ceremonial Throne Room of Paul the First
- The Raspberry Room
- The State Bedroom
- The Oval Boudoir
- The Throne Room of the Empress Maria Fedorovna
- The Chesma Gallery
But the most interesting part of the tour is saved for the end of your visit. The route of the tour takes you down from the palace into the secret underground passage that ends with the “Echo Grotto” with a view onto the crystal clean waters of the Silver Lake. This underground has its own story of legends and “horrors” that the tour-guide will tell you about.
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