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The beauty and brightness of fall in tsars’ former residence

Golden leaves and golden palace next to St. Petersburg
By Ksenia Isaeva
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Yury Molodkovets

The tsars’ former summer residence, now called Pushkin (sometimes known by its former name Tsarskoe Selo), is the perfect place for a one-day trip if you visit St. Petersburg.
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Yury Molodkovets

Filled with maple trees, this suburb (24 kilometers from the center) is one of the best parks to see the leaves change their colors for many miles around.
Tsarskoye selo

Yury Molodkovets

The territory features two main palaces - the Alexander Palace (Neoclassical) and the Catherine Palace (Rococo).
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For XVIII-XIX centuries Tsarskoe Selo was the official summer residence of the imperial family. The Tsarskoe Selo palace and park ensemble is a monument of world architecture and landscape art from the 18th to the early 20th century.
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Yury Molodkovets

The Great hall of the Catherine palace is over 800 square metres was intended as the venue for official receptions and celebrations, banquets, balls and masquerades.
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Yury Molodkovets

More than a hundred monuments are scattered across an area of 300 hectares: palaces and pavilions, bridges and marble monuments, as well as exotic edifices in the Gothic, Turkish and Chinese style.
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Yury Molodkovets

Be ready to feed the squirrels, listen to the rustle of maple leaves, and stroll around alleys, beautiful bridges and stone statues.
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Yury Molodkovets

Tsarskoe Selo is best visited early, preferably before dawn so as to sneak through the empty unguarded gates. The reason is not to save yourself a couple of hundred rubles, but that the beauty of the park is contained in the quiet and solitude. The first busloads begin to arrive at 9-10am, and soon the whole park is literally brimming with noisy tourists.
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Yury Molodkovets

Incidentally, St. Petersburgers are offended if Tsarskoe Selo is described as being in Leningrad region, since officially it is part of the city proper. Travelers get the impression that it is far from the city, especially when making the journey by suburban train.
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Yury Molodkovets

Famous Russian poet Alexander Pushkin studied in 1811-1817 in the lyceum (school) here and was always inspired by this time of the year.
Tsarskoye selo

Yury Molodkovets

"The forests where I loved, where feelings developed, Where infancy merged with the first flush of youth. And where, nourished by nature and dreams, I discovered poetry, joy and tranquility…" wrote Alexander Pushkin, whose youth was spent at Tsarskoe Selo in the Imperial Lyceum.
October 19, 2015
Tags: Russian architecture, st. petersburg

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