Pushkin/Tsarskoye Selo

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Catherine Palace

Catherine Palace


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 constructed in 1750 by the architects M. Zemtsov and S. Chevakinsky. They also constructed the buildings that enclose the Parade Yard. A magnificent, Russian baroque palace was built between 1752 and 1756 by the architect V.V Rastrelli. At the same time the Hermitage and the Grotto pavilions were built. The Upper and Lower gardens were laid out and the Lower garden was decorated with sculptures.

Following the Bolshevik Revolution, Tsarskoye Selo was briefly named Destkoye Selo and Catherine's Palace was used as an orphanage.  After World War II, the name was changed to Pushkin, after the legendary poet who grew up and went to school there. 

To get there: Route taxis ("Marshrutka") leave frequently from the Moskovskaya Metro Station and take approximately 30 minutes to get to Pushkin. 

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