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Grand Palace

The Grand Palace is an imposing building, although with just 30-something rooms, it is not nearly as large as your typical tsarist palace. From the start of June to the end of September it is open to foreign tourist…
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Tsaritsyn & Olgin Pavilions

Two lovely Italian-inspired pavilions built in the 19th century on islands just south of the palace grounds.
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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, even when there’s a crowd – which there used to be all the time…
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Along the shore to the west, the 1725 Hermitage is a two-storey yellow-and-white box featuring the ultimate in private dining: special elevators hoist a fully laid table into the imperial presence on the 2nd floor, …
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Marly Palace

Named after the French royal residence near Paris, Marly Palace was originally envisioned by Peter the Great to host his most distinguished visitors. However, by the late 18th century it was turned into a storage of…
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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, Alexandra Fyodorovna, who found the pomp of court life hard to bear…
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Bath Building

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 royals, with a guestroom that explains the rules past visitors …
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Farmer’s Palace

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 working farm but was later reconstructed for the comfort of the …
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Catherine Building

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 for her ascension to the throne.
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A former greenhouse that today houses a simple restaurant.