Petrovsky Palace Now Open for Tours

The Petrovsky Travelling Palace Now Welcomes Tour Groups After a Ten Year Restoration

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The Petrovsky Travel Palace in Moscow is now open for tours. As reported by Moscow City Hall, the tour service applies only to organized groups of visitors. Tours are conducted for the current exhibition The History of the Petrovsky Palace.

The Petrovsky Travelling Palace, as it was called almost from the start, was built for Catherine the Great and designed by the famous Russian architect Matvei Kazakov in 1775-82.

It was intended as a stopover palace for the empress on her way to Moscow from St. Petersburg, so that she could have a chance to rest before entering Moscow. Catherine visited once, in 1785; her son, Paul I abandoned it, and after that, until 1917, it was the palace from where all the tsars began their journeys to the Kremlin for their coronation.

During the fall of 1812, the Petrovsky Palace was where Napoleon sat waiting, in vain, for the keys of Moscow and where he later hid from the terrible fires that engulfed the occupied city. "From here, lost in thought, he gazed at the terrible fire," the poet Alexander Pushkin wrote. "Napoleon's room" in the palace was preserved intact, until recently. Restoration work was carried out on the palace in the 1830s and again in 1874 with minor alterations.

Royal Russia
14 September, 2011