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Pavlovsk Palace (1781)

Our visit to St. Petersburg also incdued a journey to the suburb of Pushkin, once known as Tsarskoye Selo. Tsarskoye Selo had been home to several opulent eighteenth century palaces during the Tsarist times, the Catherine Palace, the Alexander Palace and the Pavlovsk Palace. All of them, along with Peterhof, were destroyed by the Germans during the Siege of Leningrad in World War II. Credit must be given to the Soviets that they were determined to restore the palaces in full as cultural heritage, despite the deprivations of the post-war period. However it required decades to conduct the restorations. In 1975, the Catherine Palace was still under restoration, the exterior much more drab looking than it is today. I would have to wait another 41 years to see it.

We did see the Pavlovsk Palace, which had only been reopened a short time before. The Pavlovsk Palace had been built in 1781 by Catherine the Great for her son, Grand Duke Paul (Pavel). He became Tsar Paul I. After his death in 1801, it became the home of his widow, Maria Feodorovna (1759–1828). The palace was designed in a Palladian style by Catherine's Scottish architect Charles Cameron.

spocklogic says:
Difficult to get a visa to the Soviet Union back in 1975?
Posted on: Jun 17, 2017
vances says:
Apologies. Too many blogs...hard to maintain a thread...

:^)
Posted on: Jun 17, 2017
Andy99 says:
I did, in 2016, as I wrote in the blog.
Posted on: Jun 17, 2017
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Pavlovsk Palace (1781)
Pavlovsk Palace (1781)
Pavlovsk Palace courtyard and gard…
Pavlovsk Palace courtyard and gar…
Jasper vase from the Altari region.
Jasper vase from the Altari region.
Catherine Palace in 1975.
Catherine Palace in 1975.
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photo by: vances