No other palace in Russia retains so loyally the spirit of its owner as Catherine the Great's Chinese Palace at Oranienbaum. The Palace was built by the order of Catherine the Great in 1762 for meetings with her boyfriend of 7 years Count Gregory Orlov, later Prince Saltykov, Stanislav Ponyatovsky and others. After Catherine the Great and until the Revolution 1917 the Palace remained the property of the Royal Family. In 1919 it was turned into a museum. It's the only Palace of Russia which was not destroyed during WW2: still has original interiors,authentic artifacts, unique 18th century marquetry floors and fabrics.

Usually closed September through May,requires special arrangements to visit (see
VIP Tours and Services).

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