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Listed under Castles & Palaces in Volga, Russia.

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The Imperial complex, Pavlovsk is situated close to the Catherine Palace at Tsarskoye Selo out of the city of St. Petersburg. Catherine the Great gave this forested land by her own vast palace to her son Paul who commissioned a palace in the style of the grandest Italian villas surrounding an interior courtyard which was built in the first years of the 1780’s.

When Paul ascended the throne he made improvements to the palace and incorporated more varied architectural influences including Roman sculptures, an Egyptian Room, rich furniture in the style of the wealthy French court and an impressive painted ceiling in the throne room. Though these details are by nature costly and magnificent to the eye, Pavlovsk is a remarkable amongst Russian Neoclassical masterpieces in its clean, refined proportions and décor.

As well as the detailed man-influenced grandeur of the building is the natural beauty of the landscaped grounds and surrounding park lands. The Revolution spared Pavlovsk, maybe for its less opulent offense of wealth, but it was damaged during the war, so the 45 apartments on display today are refurbished rather than entirely original.

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Written by  Arnesta Szarkor.

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