20 Sadovaya Street Pushkin
Located a few minute's drive east of Catherine Palace, this majestic building was constructed to be the summer home of Paul I, Catherine the Great’s son. Catherine gifted the land to her heir and daughter-in-law in 1777. Paul and his wife Maria worked with Scottish architect Charles Cameron (who also designed parts of Catherine Palace) to create the Palladian style building. The couple decorated the palace with antiques and furnishings that they picked up during a yearlong Grand Tour of Europe they had recently completed. The beautiful grounds, which includes numerous outbuildings encourages exploration on pretty days, and is popular with St. Petersburg residents and visitors alike. Indagare members can contact our bookings team to arrange for a guided or private visit.
Tip: Real history enthusiasts should pick up a copy of Suzanne Massie’s definitive volume Pavlovsk for a complete history of this storied structure.
Written by Amelia Osborne Scott