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Tsarskoe Selo State Museum and Heritage Site (Музей-заповедник Царское Село)

Tsarskoe Selo State Museum is the complex of architectural monuments and garden art of the XVIII-XX centuries. Generation of the palace complex attributes to the time of Saint Petersburg city origin, in 1710-1720 in this place the tsarists’ countryside residence began to build on.

The Tsarskoye Selo palace and park ensemble, Petersburg

Tsarskoe Selo was the ceremonial summer palace since the beginning of the XVIII century, at the beginning of the XX century it became the principal residence of the imperial family. After the Revolution in 1918, the complex evolved into the national museum.

The gardens and buildings, among other the Catherine Palace, were damaged strongly during the Great Patriotic War. The restoration began in 1950th with the usage of traditional materials and solutions of the XVIII-XIX centuries based on the historical documents.

Attractions of the Tsarskoe Selo State Museum:

Catherine Park

The Catherine Park consists of the regular Old Garden and Landscape Park. The Park decorated by the ponds and cascades, the statues and busts in marble, every pavilion in the park is the masterpiece of architecture.

Some of the pavilions are opened (mainly in the summer season) and used for the temporary exhibitions. The pavilion Upper Bathhouse, or the Bathhouse of Their Imperial Highness in Classicism-style was used as intended till the middle of the XIX century. The Lower Bathhouse had in store for the court nobility. The interior of the bathhouse has survived fragments of décor and historical granite baths. The exhibition in the pavilion is equipped by the sounds and flavor effects of an old steam room.

The pavilion Hermitage was designed for the appointments with the coterie. For the privacy, the pavilion had the devices allowing dispense with servants.

In the pavilion Cold Bathhouse there was the private suite of rooms of Empress of Russia Catherine the Great – Agate Rooms, the origin décor of marble and multicolored jasper is the architectural masterpiece of XVIII century.

Catherine Palace

The baroque architecture palace was laid in 1717. The most famous part of the palace is the Amber Room. During World War II all the interior decoration of the Room was carried out from the palace and disappeared, and there is no still reliable information about its location. To 2003 the interior of the Amber Room was recreated in the mould of the origin décor.

Alexander Palace

Alexander Palace was constructed in 1792 for the grandson of the Catherine the Great Alexander I. Since 1904 the Alexander Palace became the official residence of the last Russian Emperor Nicholas II.

The Tsarskoe Selo Palace and Garden Complex is included in the UNESCO World Heritage List.

Open hours and price

Catherine Park

April, September, October – from 9 to 19

May, June – from 7 to 23

July, August – from 7 to 22

Ticket price 150 rubles

Catherine Palace

Monday, Wednesday – Sunday – from 12 to 17 (ticket office till 16.45)

Day off – Tuesday, and the last Monday of each month

Ticket price 1000 rubles

Pavilion Arsenal

From 11 to 17 (ticket office till 16)

From October to April the pavilion is open only on Saturday and Sunday

Ticket price 250 rubles

Palace Church

From 10 to 18 (ticket office till 16.46)

Ticket price 250 rubles

Agate Rooms

From 10 to 18 (ticket office till 17)

The pavilion is open only in the summer season. The pavilion is closed during the rain.

Day off – Thursday

Ticket price 300 rubles

Pavilion Lower Bathhouse

From 11 to 18 (ticket office till 17)

The pavilion is open only in the summer season. The pavilion is closed during the rain.

Day off – Wednesday

Ticket price 150 rubles

How to get to the Tsarskoe Selo State Museum

Saint Petersburg, Pushkin, Sadovaya Ulitsa, 7

In the Russian language – Санкт-Петербург, г. Пушкин, Садовая улица, 7

  • From the Pushkin Railway Station:

Bus 371, 382

  • From the metro station “Zvezdnaya” (“Звездная”) or “Kupchino” (“Купчино”):

Bus 186

Links

Tsarskoe Selo State Museum website in the English and Russian language

PHOTO depositphotos.com

 

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