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Palace in Pavlovsk

Pavlovsk Great Palace

One of the most tragic and mysterious characters in the Romanov royal family, emperor Paul I was intensely disliked by his own courtiers, who eventually strangled him with a scarf. Whatever historians say about him,…
Park in Pavlovsk

Pavlovsk Park

You'll have to pay to enter the serene Pavlovsk Great Park just to access the palace, so it’s worth exploring while you're here. Filled with rivers and ponds, tree-lined avenues, classical statues and hidden temples…
Historic Building in Pavlovsk

Rose Pavilion

Russian architect Andrei Voronykhin (who rose from serfdom to become one of Petersburg's master architects), designed this simple but elegant pavilion. It was completed in 1811 and was the site of a great feast cele…
Russian in Pavlovsk

Podvorye

A short walk northeast of Pavlovsk train station, you'll find this traditional Russian log house on steroids. Huge portions of delicious Russian food are dished up, with a side-order of live Russian music and dancin…
Gardens in Pavlovsk

Private Garden

A formal garden restricted to members of the royal family. When the flowers are in bloom, it's a stunning sight.
Sculpture in Pavlovsk

Three Graces Pavilion

Late 18th-century sculpture purchased by Alexander I and given as a present to his mother Maria Fyodorovna.