The Great Gatchina Palace

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The Great Gatchina Palace celebrates its 252nd anniversary on May, 30.

On May, 30 the entrance to the Museum will be absolutely free of charge for all the visitors of the Gatchina Palace.  

The Great Gatchina Palace was built in 1781 by Antonio Rinaldi for a favourite of Catherine the Great, Count Grigori Grigoryevich Orlov. The Palace combines classical architecture and themes of a medieval castle with ornate interiors typical of Russian classicism.

Gatchina was one of the favourite residences of the Russian Imperial Family, and during the 19th century was an important site of Russian politics.

In 1990 the Great Gatchina Palace received UNESCO World Heritage Site status.

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