Dear friends! The situation with travelling abroad is not easy now but is very suitable for planning your trip to Russia. We decided to inform you about beautiful places to visit in Saint-Petersburg and near it but not very well-known among travelers. We really hope to help you with arranging the unusual and unforgettable visit to Saint-Petersburg.
Not far from famous Peterhof Lower Park with gilded fountains one more park was arranged in 1838 by the order of our Emperor Nicolas I. The pond was made in the center of it and called after Nicolas’s daughter – Olga. Andrey Stackenshneider, the very-well known architect of that time, designed and was responsible for building two special Pavilions on the artificial islands for the wife and the daughter of the Emperor – Tsarina’s and Olga’s Pavilions. Visitors could reach the islands only by boats and the ferry at that time.
Tsarina’s Pavilion (1842-1844) for Empress Alexandra Fyodorovna had the very fashionable Pompeian spirit design reproducing the image of ancient Roman houses found not far from Naples within the excavations of Pompeii. The garden master Erler tried to create the paradise model, the ideal world of the romantic dream and the pavilion was surrounded with the garden full of fountains, statues and marble benches. Most of the plants are in front of the northern façade including the ancient roses, lily of the valley trees, banana and orange trees, bay and olive trees that were disposed in huge flowerpots and marble vases. The Empress loved flowers and was fond of gardening, thus the flower decorations changed three times a year. This tradition is still alive, and the beauty of the garden amazes its visitors every minute.
The furniture, light objects and other things for the pavilion were made according to the ancient Roman and Greek samples. The main feature of this pavilion is the big quantity of the colorful and polished stones of different shades. Most of the columns, fireplaces, mosaic floors and tables are made of them.
The second pavilion Nicolas I made as a present for his daughter on her wedding day. It reminds Naples constructions and is made as a country villa of Sicily. In its capital, Palermo, the marriage of Grand Duchess Olga was decided. The tower-building is fixed on the basement almost covered with water. Its top is flat, the walls are yellow and decorated with white reliefs, busts and balconies. Comparing to Tsarina’s Pavilion the inner design here is more modest but still beautiful.
Please note: both the pavilions work in summer only and never in rain.