The State Museum-Reserve "Gatchina"


The palace and park at Gatchina dates back to the time of Empress Catherine II. In 1765, the tsaritsa gave her favourite, Count Grigory Orlov, a lavish gift – the Gatchina estate

The picturesque landscape, spring-fed lakes with connecting tributaries and rivers made it possible to create here the unique landscape park with the palace of remarkable architecture as its focal point. Building project was executed by Italian architect Antonio Rinaldi, the construction began on May 30, 1766. The Priory Palace is Gatchina’s architectural landmark. This unique structure was conceived by the architect Nikolay Lvov for the knights of the Maltese order and constructed of rammed earth in 1799. It is the only rammed-earth structure that has survived in Russia from the late 18th century.

  • Address: Leningrad Region, Gatchina, Krasnoarmeysky prospekt, 1
  • Phone Number: +7 (812) 958-03-66
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  • Additional: For excursion booking: 8 (81371) 93 492; 8 (81371) 76 715
  • Working time:
    Monday - Sunday: 11:00 - 19:00
    Ticket office works till 18:00 Museum is closed on 3 July and 7 August
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