Kadriorg Palace

Tallinn, Estonia

Catherinethal ("Catherine's valley") is a Petrine Baroque palace of Catherine I of Russia in Tallinn. It was built after the Great Northern War to Nicola Michetti's designs by Gaetano Chiaveri and Mikhail Zemtsov. In the 20th century the Estonian version of the name, Kadriorg, gained currency and came to be applied to the surrounding district.

After the successful siege of Reval in 1710 Peter the Great of Russia bought a Dutch-style manor house at Lasnamäe for his wife Catherine. The house today is the result of a drastic renovation ordered by Nicholas I of Russia in 1827.

The new palace was started on 25 July 1718. Peter and Catherine visited the unfinished residence on several occasions, but after the emperor's death in 1725 Catherine showed no interest in the seaside property. The great hall with Catherine's initials and profuse stucco decor (attributed to Heinrich von Bergen) survives, but many other interiors have been altered. The gardener Ilya Surmin was responsible for the flower garden with two fountains and the so-called mirage garden on several levels. The layout of the park shares similarities with that of Strelna.

The palace currently houses an art gallery. The KUMU Museum is sited in the park.


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Founded: 1718
Category: Palaces, manors and town halls in Estonia
Historical period: Part of the Swedish Empire (Estonia)


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Andreas Mavrikios (2 years ago)
I was blown away by the incredible collection of art on display. The museum is located in a beautiful palace, which added to the overall experience. I highly recommend a visit to the Kadriorg Art Museum to anyone interested in art or the history of Estonia. It was a truly unforgettable experience.
ΧΡΗΣΤΟΣ ΧΡ (2 years ago)
Amazing garden, with beautiful, colorful flowers. Unfortunately, we visited late in the afternoon and the building was closed. However, we were compensated by the tranquility and the design of the garden.
Grigoris Godevenos (2 years ago)
Summer palace built by Peter the Great and designed with Italian flair. The palace is decorated by a large collection of paintings from different artists from all over the Europe. The gardens are lovely especially in the summer. The entrance fee is 9 Euro for the palace and you can pay more if you wish to visit the other museums in the area.
Hemantha Mallapura (2 years ago)
It was good, but only painting and other stuffs are attractive in the palace. Garden is very beautiful, don’t miss it see around the garden and walk to the beach
Wojciech Adamczyk (2 years ago)
Visited the place in the late afternoon, and I could only enjoy the lark and the views of the palace. Still, the whole neighbourhood and the park are just beautiful.
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