Take an excursion with your English speaking guide to Peterhof Palace which was founded in 1710 and was conceived as the main and most beautiful Summer residence of the Emperor.
A superb palace and park ensemble, dating from the late 18th to the 19th century, visited by more than 1.5 million tourists every year. Pavlovsk is included in the list of the cities protected by UNESCO. Pavlovsk was a summer residence of the Russian Emperor Paul I and his family. Its architects were amongst the greatest of the period: Cameron, Brenna, Quarenghi, Voronikhin and Rossi. The landscape park, one of the largest in Europe, covers an area of 600 hectares.The formation of the Pavlovsk Palace collections was closely connected with the journey by Emperor family through Europe in 1781-82. They visited workshops of well-known artists, ordering and acquiring paintings, furniture, bronze articles, silk fabrics, china sets etc. They also brought back to Russia a large number of antique sculptures from Italy, and gifts from European royal courts. Many of these treasures are on view, together with an excellent collection of portraits by Russian artists, and a number of Pavlovsk landscape paintings and drawings.Following a long restoration, the ravishingly beautiful private rooms of Empress Maria Fedorovna, which were decorated Quarenghi and Voronikhin, are again open to the public.