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Pavlovsk Palace and Park

Sadovaya St., 20, Pavlovsk, St. Petersburg 196621, Russia
(812) 452-15-36
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Ranked #1 of 6 attractions in Pavlovsk
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Historic Sites, Architectural Buildings, Parks
Owner description: Once the hunting grounds of czars, this 1,500-acre park contains an aviary, charming foot bridges, trails, ponds, gardens and the sprawling palace... more » Owner description: Once the hunting grounds of czars, this 1,500-acre park contains an aviary, charming foot bridges, trails, ponds, gardens and the sprawling palace that belonged to Paul I. « less
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Waterloo, Canada
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19 reviews 19 reviews
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3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 17, 2014 NEW

The Palace is beautiful to visit. Lots of treasures to see in the beautifully appointed rooms. A flower event was being hosted in the palace courtyard on the day we visited. Antique carriages were available for rides through the grounds. Actors dressed in period costumes strolled or marched in the area of the palace.

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Chicago, Illinois
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6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 13, 2014

We went to Paul's palace after visiting Catherine's palace and while it was no where near as opulent (since it was designed as a working palace to live in rather than a show palace), I was still amazed at all the details in the rooms. I'm always fascinated by the floors and ceilings in palaces, and this one doesn't disappoint.... More

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Chicago, Illinois
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27 reviews 27 reviews
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10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 12, 2014

This was the second palace we visited on the same tour (following Catherine's Palace). It is quite different. Our guide told us this was actually where the royals preferred to stay/live. There were people here, but not in the numbers we had waited through in the morning at Catherine's Palace). Like Catherine's Palace, this residence also suffered destruction during WWII,... More

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Kirkby Stephen, United Kingdom
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6 reviews 6 reviews
3 attraction reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 5, 2014

Relaxing park with small train to go round, and splendid house (and we even managed the metro/railway/bus to get there!

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Saint Jeannet, France
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7 reviews 7 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 2, 2014

We chose to visit this smaller of the royal palaces, and were delighted. The palace itself is a gem, every room a masterpiece, but not overwhelming - a very pleasant 45-minute visit. The park is wonderful, with meadows and wood and lakes, which we shared with lovers, families and old couples; out to enjoy the sun. it's an easy train... More

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St. Petersburg, Russia
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24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 15, 2014

Pavlovsk residence is pretty and the most important thing about it is IT'S NOT CROWDED, even in summer, becand, to be honest, the palace is not worth standing in line, especially if you see other palaces during your stay. Just walk around the park, discover beautiful hidden pavilions, statues etc. The place is perfect for a romantic getaway. The greatest... More

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Middletown, New Jersey
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 7, 2014

Just when you think you've seen more palaces than you'd ever want to visit, you come to Pavlovsk. Utterly charming, this palace was considered a rather modest family home and, despite its size and the beauty of the architecture and rooms, you get the feeling that this was the well loved home of real (if incredibly wealthy and privileged) people.... More

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Lafayette, Indiana
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27 reviews 27 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 4, 2014

There was nothing I disliked! Did feel a little uncomfortable because you were watched very closely while there. Felt like they didn't trust anyone.... but understandable... so much history!

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Melbourne
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48 reviews 48 reviews
24 attraction reviews
24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 17, 2014

We were still impressed with this Palace even after visitig Catherine's Palace. Not all of the rooms can be visited, but those that can are well worth the visit. Some surprising large rooms among many smaller gems.

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Clinton, Washington
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138 helpful votes 138 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 5, 2014

Catherine's son, Paul, worked with architects to create a real home at his personal palace for his wife and children. Each of the huge windows affords a different view of the park. He had the palace divided into the men's wing with hunting and war themes and the women's wing with more genteel decor. The furnishings are beautiful and it's... More

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