Suburbs in St Petersburg

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Most of St. Petersburg's suburbs are very beautiful. They date back to ancient times of Imperialism. The most popular of the sururbs are Peterhof, Pavlovsk, Pushkin, Oranienbaum (Lomonosov), and Gatchina.

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Peterhof

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Grand Cascade at Peterhof
Grand Cascade at Peterhof
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Peterhof is the kingdom of fountains and undoubtably the most beautiful of St. Petersburg's suburbs. It is located on the southern shore of the Finnish gulf 29 kilometers away from St. Petersburg. The palace and park ensembles are historical monuments of the 18th-19th centuries. Construction of the palace and park started in 1714 (reign of Peter the Great). By 1724 the Lower Park (with its canals) and the Upper Park had been laid out. The Hermitage pavilions, the Marli, three fountain cascades, the Upper Chamber, the palaces, the Monplaisir and other fountains more..

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Pushkin/Tsarskoye Selo

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Catherine Palace
Catherine Palace
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Tsarskoye Selo (Pushkin) is located about 25 kilometers south of St. Petersburg. Main features of Pushkin are the Catherine Palace and park complex. The name Tsarskoye Selo originated from the Finnish word "Saari Mois". ("Saari Mois" was a finnish farm which came to the Tsar's possession in 1708. Originally it was renamed "Tsarskaya Mysa".)

Tsarskaya Mysa became the residence of the Empress Catherine I (Peter the Great's wife) from 1708 till 1724. From 1741 Tsarskoye Selo became the residence of Empress Elizabeth. A stone palace and a church were more..

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Pavlovsk

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Pavlovsk is a third imperial residence after Peterhof and Pushkin. This is a small town, just a mile or so from Pushkin, inside it situated park and palace of Emperor Paul the First.

Park is designed in the end of XVIII century in English style, on the shores of Slavyanka river. Park is very beautiful, especially in autumn, and lots of squirrels lives there. The palace is rather small, comparing with those in Pushkin or Peterhof, but very beautiful and fully restaurated inside.  

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