Tsarskoye Selo attractions

An excursion to Tsarskoye Selo (now Pushkin) can be considered one of the have-to-visit places of St. Petersburg. Pushkin is 40 kilometers south of the city. For more than two centuries it was the summer capital of the Russian Empire.

Surely, the main purpose of the trip to Tsarskoye Selo is to visit the Catherine Palace. Often people come there to see the world masterpiece, the famous Amber Room, although the palace itself is very beautiful. After a visit to the palace you certainly should have a walk in the Catherine Park, see the Cameron Gallery, the Hermitage Pavilion and many other pavilions of the park. 

Alexander Park is opposite the main entrance to the Catherine Palace. A small part of it has a regular layout while most of it are forest lands intended for hunting. The Alexander Palace is in the Alexander Park. After the revolution of 1905 it was there that the family of Tsar Nicholas II constantly lived until 1917.

The Alexander Park has two interesting pavilions, the White Tower and the Arsenal. The children of the tsar were trained in the White Tower. In the Arsenal there is an interesting collection of medieval weapons and knight armor. 

The Ratna Chamber is a kilometer from the Alexander Palace on the Farm Road. Its construction was started in 1913. It was planned to house the Museum of the History of Russian Weapons there but in 1917 the Museum of World War I was opened there instead. Almost at once, in 1918, the museum was closed. It was reopened only in 2014. Now there are over fifteen thematic expositions devoted to World War I at the museum.

The fans of Alexander Sergeyevich Pushkin must visit Tsarskoye Selo Lyceum where an interesting exhibition devoted to the young years of the great Russian poet is held. Also near the palace, on the corner of the Palace and Pushkin streets, there is a museum – Pushkin`s dacha, where he spent the first happiest months after his marriage to Natalia Goncharova.

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Catherine Palace in Tsarskoye Selo outside of St. Petersburg
The building of the Tsarskoye Selo Lyceum is closely attached to the Catherine Palace
Assembly hall at the Tsarskoye Selo Lyceum, where all ceremonial events took placed
Ilya Repin painting "Pushkin at the Lyceum examination" (1815)
The monument to Pushkin in front of the Tsarskoye Selo Lyceum
Amber Room of the Catherine Palace of Tsarskoe Selo
Amber Room of the Catherine Palace of Tsarskoe Selo
Central building of the Catherine Palace in Tsarskoye Selo from the regular park side
Creaking (Chinese) Pagoda in the Catherine Park of Tsarskoe Selo
View from The pavilion Grotto and the Cameron Gallery in the Catherine Park of Tsarskoye Selo
Hermitage pavilion in the depths of the regular Catherine Park in Tsarskoye Selo
Chesma column installed in the middle of a Large Pond in the Catherine Park of Tsarskoye Selo
Great Hall of the Catherine Palace of Tsarskoe Selo
Fence of the Catherine Palace from the Alexander Park in Tsarskoe Selo
Cameron gallery in the Catherine Park of Tsarskoye Selo
Alexander Palace in Tsarskoe Selo is an example of classic architecture
Rotunda is the biggest hall of Alexander Palace in Tsarskoe Selo where the family of Nicolas II were arrested
Rest-room of Nicolas II at Alexander Palace of Tsarskoe Selo
The Chinese bridge at the entrance to Alexander Park on the side of the Catherine Palace in Tsarskoe Selo
The winding shore of the pond in curtina Prudki in the Alexander park of Tsarskoe Selo
Huge larch trees in the Alexander garden of Tsarskoe Selo
Pavilion White Tower in Tsarskoe Selo was built for the gymnastic training of the sons of Nicholas I
The pavilion Arsenal is located in Central Alexander garden in Tsarskoe Selo
The knights hall is the main hall in the pavilion of the Arsenal in Tsarskoe Selo
The Museum of WWI in Tsarskoe Selo was constructed in 1913 in style of ancient Pskov chambers
The main hall of the Museum of the First World war in Tsarskoye Selo was once painted, but now the paintings have not been restored
The summer house of Pushkin in Tsarskoe Selo, where he lived in 1831 after his marriage to Natalia Goncharova
Workroom of Alexander Pushkin with books on the floor at house in Tsarskoe Selo, as it was when poet worked here