Park Alexandria

Around St Petersburg

Even on summer weekends, the rambling and overgrown Park Alexandria is peaceful and practically empty. Built for Tsar Nicholas I (and named for his tsarina), these grounds offer a sweet retreat from the crowds. Originally named for Alexander Nevsky, the Gothic chapel was completed in 1834 as the private chapel of Nicholas I. Nearby is the cottage that was built around the same time as his summer residence.

Also part of this ensemble is the beautifully restored Farmer’s Palace, built here in 1831 as a pavilion in the park and designed to inspire pastoral fantasies of rural life for the royal family; it became the home of the teenage tsarevitch Alexander (later Alexander II), who loved it throughout his life.

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1. Gothic Chapel

0.11 MILES

This Schinkel–designed 1829 church functioned as the Romanov family's chapel when they were at Peterhof.

2. Farmer’s Palace

0.23 MILES

This palace was the summer residence of Alexander II and his family. Alexander spent much of his childhood here, and loved the place, which began as a…

3. Cottage

0.34 MILES

The cottage doesn't really resemble a cottage and is also rather tellingly referred to as the Cottage Palace. It was created for Nicholas I's wife,…

4. Bath Building

0.48 MILES

In the complex of Monplaisir, this was built over various periods. Although the interior isn't spectacular, it does provide insight into life among the…

5. Monplaisir

0.54 MILES

This humble, sea-facing, wood-panelled villa was always Peter the Great’s favourite retreat and it’s easy to see why. It is snug, elegant and peaceful,…

6. Catherine Building

0.54 MILES

Built by Rastrelli between 1747 and 1755, this building was where Catherine the Great was living when her husband Peter III was overthrown, paving the way…

7. Orangery


A former greenhouse that today houses a simple restaurant.