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The palaces of Saint-Petersburg’s suburbs

Ekaterina Skvortcova will give an outline of the three main ensembles in the suburbs of Saint-Petersburg – Peterhof, Tsarskoye Selo and Pavlovsk.

The Peterhof Palaces with its gardens, located in Saint Petersburg, laid out on the orders of Peter the Great are sometimes referred as the "Russian Versailles". The palace-ensemble is recognised as a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

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The palaces of Saint-Petersburg’s suburbs are known for their splendour and epitomize the might of the Russian Empire in its heyday.

Ruined in World War II and then magnificently restored, they embody the sense of tradition and continuity. The foundation of Saint-Petersburg coincides with the beginning of the period when Russia’s integration into cultural space of Western Europe was drastically accelerated by the reforms of Peter the Great.

Palaces of the city’s suburbs which were being rebuilt, enlarged  and remodelled throughout the XVIII-early XIXth centuries illustrate how Russia learnt from Europe and how western artistic ideas were reinterpreted in Russian art according to national traditions.

The course is arranged "geographically": each lecture is dedicated to a particular ensemble.

This enables to underline its uniqueness, trace the history of its construction in context of Russian art, demonstrate shifts in artistic taste and enliven the story with insights into biographies of its owners.

The architecture and interiors are explored in cohesion with objects of decorative art designed for them. Great significance is attached to after-war restoration, as this experience considerably contributed to the science of restoration in general.


The lectures

The palaces of Saint-Petersburg's suburbs: owners, architecture, gardens, art collections and restoration.

  1. Peterhof: The Official Summer Residence of the Russian Emperors and Neighbouring Parks and Palaces
    Monday 7 April at 12.15-14

  2. The Tsarskoye Selo: Masterpieces of Baroque and Neoclassical Architecture
    Wednesday 9 April at 10.15-12

  3. Pavlovsk: The Home of Grand Duke Paul's Family
    Friday 11 April at 12.15-14