Pushkin & Pavlovsk
Pushkin (Tsarskoye Selo)
The compositional centre of the ensemble is the Great Tsarskoye Selo or Catherine Palace – a splendid example of the Russian Baroque. Visitors are enraptured by the sumptuous décor of the Great Hall and the Golden Enfilade of state rooms that includes the world-famous Amber Room now returned to life. Today, as we enter the palace, we can sense the spirit of the times of Empresses Elizabeth and Catherine II and admire unique works of fine and applied art.
Pavlovsk is located very close to Pushkin. It was a summer residence of Paul the 1st – son of Catherine the Great.
The formation of the Pavlovsk Palace collections was closely connected with the journey by its owners 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.
Time: 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Price: 350$ (US Dollars) for the tour guide with a car (4 PAX), for 2 persons 250$+ entrance tickets to the museums:
Pushkin — 20$ per person
Pavlovsk — 12$ per person