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- Location:Approximately 19 miles south of St. Petersburg in Russia
- Attraction Type: A town
- Significance: An Imperial estate belonging to Czar Pavel
- Best time to Visit: May to September
- Visiting hours: Pavlovsk Palace — 10 am to 5 pm except Fridays; Pavlovsk Garden — 9 am to 8 pm daily
- How to reach: By train from Vitebsk Station in St. Petersburg to Pavlovsk; alternatively by minibus from Moskovskaya Metro Stn.
- Nearest International Airport: St. Petersburg Pulkovo International Airport
Pavlovsk was a gift from Empress Catherine the Great to her son Czar Pavel. This sprawling estate of about 607 hectares along the banks of River Slavyanskaya was developed towards the end of 18th century. Construction of Pavlovsk Palace began under the guidance of Scottish architect Charles Cameron. However the job of designing the palace came upon Vincenzo Brenna, assistant of Charles Cameron. With the patronage of Czar Pavel and his German wife Maria Feodorovna, Brenna created a wonder in neo-classical architecture. The upper two floors are characterized by Corinthian columns supporting a Pompeian cornice. The entirety is covered by a copper dome supported by a colonnaded drum.
Pavlovsk Park is an exquisitely laid out landscaped garden with rolling slopes and winding streams. The Marienthal Fortress constructed in Gothic architecture and the Obelisk testifies Pavel’s fantasy for militarism. These gentle garden slopes beside Slavyanskaya River are in perfect harmony to the surrounding countryside.
For making a trip to Pavlovsk town it is better to stay in St. Petersburg about 19 miles away. The notable hotels include Kempinski Hotel Moika 22, Rossi Hotel, Petro Palace Hotel, Columb Hotel, and Oktiabrskaya Hotel.