“Pavlovsk Palace is an 18th-century Russian Imperial residence built by Catherine the Great for her son, Grand Duke Paul, in Pavlosk, within Saint Petersburg, Russia. After his death, it became the home of his widow, Maria Feodorovna. The palace and the large English garden surrounding it are now a Russian state museum and public park.” – Wikipedia
“Pavlovsk is the youngest of the grand Imperial estates around St. Petersburg. Named in honour of Tsar Pavel (Paul, in English), this fine neo-classical palace and its extensive landscaped gardens are stamped with his taste and even more so with that of his wife, the German-born Maria Feodorovna. Although there was no love lost between Pavel and his mother, Catherine the Great, it was she who originally presented him with the land around the Slavyanskaya River [in 1777]. Perhaps it was the impossibility of living with her son at Tsarskoe Selo, combined with the desire to keep him and his family reasonably close, that prompted her to do so, although the official reason was the birth of her grandson, the future Alexander I.” – www.saint-petersburg.com
“Both the Park and the Palace at Pavlovsk were victims of wanton destruction during the Nazi occupation, and the extraordinary restoration project was not completed until the mid-1950s. Fortunately, there were extensive blueprints available for all aspects of the estate, so what you see now is almost entirely faithful to the original designs.” – www.saint-petersburg.com
The Great Palace of Pavlovsk houses a number of valuable artifacts, objects that belonged to the Palace’s owners, Paul/Pavel and Mary/Maria, who brought them from their European tour. These artifacts include porcelain, carpets, bronze and furniture, made by the best European masters. Originally intended as a private residence of Paul, his wife Mary and their 10 children, Pavlovsk became a representative gala palace when Paul became the Russian Tsar, while it also maintained a very special private character, expressed in the special atmosphere of the pleasant coziness, comfort and peace that fill the rooms of the palace.