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Gatchina Palace and Park

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Address: 1 Krasnoarmeiskyi Prospect, Gatchina, 50 kms south from St Petersburg | 45 km SW of St. Petersburg, St. Petersburg, Russia
Phone Number: 8 812 958 0366
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Recommended length of visit: More than 3 hours
Fee: Yes
Description: Gatchina Palace and Estate Museum is located 45 km to the south-west of...
Gatchina Palace and Estate Museum is located 45 km to the south-west of St.Petersburg. The unique atmosphere of the Royal country seat and glorious 18th century interiors are at your service. Valuable collections of painting, furniture, porcelain, antique weapon as well as Gobelin tapestries, embroideries and Italian sculpture will let a visitor get a vivid impression of the royal court life. While darkness and dampness of the mysterious underpass will let you feel the romance of the Russian Castle.
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My native town

Every person who is visiting Saint P must visit Gatchina. Small but pretty town. A lot of parks,big Palace where Paul 1 had been living,a lot of ponds inside the park.

5 of 5 starsReviewed September 27, 2014
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Saint Petersburg, Saint Petersburg City, Russia
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2015 NEW

The palace is nice and interesting but buildings and park seem to need much better maintenance. Some areas are almost abandoned but not in that nice romantic way. There were just lots of dirt, uncut grass and strong smell of a swamp. On the other side there were lots of people. It was very noisy because of crowd and the... More 

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St. Petersburg, Russia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 27, 2014 via mobile

Every person who is visiting Saint P must visit Gatchina. Small but pretty town. A lot of parks,big Palace where Paul 1 had been living,a lot of ponds inside the park.

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Minneapolis, Minnesota
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2014

Gatchina Palace is a historic home of the tsars, known in the reign of Alexander III as the 'citadel of autocracy.' The palace, containing several hundred rooms, is located about an hour's drive from St. Petersburg. Like the other main palaces of the Romanovs, Gatchina had undergone (and continues to undergo) excellent renovations. It's by no means as opulent as... More 

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Toronto, Canada
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 21, 2014

My in-laws decided to take me here as a touristy adventure (something we hadn't had much time to do in our time with them), and I was excited. The grounds are beautiful. Like most places in Russia, when we parked there, parking was crowded and everyone just made their own parking places. On heading inside, I was pleased to see... More 

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Helsinki, Southern Finland, Finland
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 27, 2013

Wonderful history and great architecture in this magnificient castle. Catherine the great sure knew how to treat a lover ;-). Emperor Paul I did marvelous job in expanding the building and huge estate. Only in Russia!

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Oxenford, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 22, 2013

I visited the Palace and Park last August during my stay in Saint Petersburg. The experience was very enjoyable with interesting palace artitecture rich in history. Art is as good as the Hermitage but there is a lot less of course. There is a good collection of old guns and weapons to view. The room guides were very help full... More 

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St. Petersburg
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 27, 2012

Gatchina is unique! It looks like a true medieval castle from the outside. BTW there's a ghost inside )) They have done a very good restoration after the war. Tour guides at Gatchina Palace are really knowledgeable and very dedicated people! They get you interested in a subject and they love what they do! Unfortunately this is very rare, speaking... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2012

We have chosen this park as the best seen by us near St.Petersburg. We especially enjoyed walking by numerous lakes, watching the locals bathing. The dozen restored palace rooms certainly worth a visit as well. There is no charge to enter the park. Separate charge is required to enter two restored park pavilions.

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St. Petersburg, Russia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 8, 2012

but be sure that the 3rd floor is open - as this is where they kept all those interesting furnitures - a voyage in times! If not just walk around after a visit to Catherine Palace

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 15, 2012

The next to the least restored of the suburban Imperial Palaces (Oranienbaum is the least restored), but interesting for Russian Imperial afficionados.

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Address: Address: 1 Krasnoarmeiskyi Prospect, Gatchina, 50 kms south from St Petersburg | 45 km SW of St. Petersburg, St. Petersburg, Russia
Phone Number: 8 812 958 0366
Location: Europe  >  Russia  >  Northwestern District  >  St. Petersburg

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