Catherine Palace

Moscow, Russia

The Catherine Palace is a Neoclassical residence of Catherine II of Russia on the bank of the Yauza River. It should not be confused with the much more famous Catherine Palace in Tsarskoye Selo.

The residence is also known as the Golovin Palace, after its first owner, Count Fyodor Golovin, the first Chancellor of the Russian Empire. After his death Empress Anna commissioned Francesco Bartolomeo Rastrelli to replace the Golovin Palace with a Baroque residence known as Annenhof. This was Anna's preferred residence. It consisted of two wooden two-storey buildings, the Summer Palace and the Winter Palace.

Annenhof was abandoned after a fire in 1746. Catherine II, who found both edifices rather old-fashioned and dilapidated, ordered their demolition in the 1760s. After 1773 Karl Blank, Giacomo Quarenghi and Francesco Camporesi were the architects employed to supervise the construction of a Neoclassical residence in Lefortovo. Emperor Paul, known for his dislike of his mother's palaces, converted the residence into barracks.

After Napoleon's occupation of Moscow in 1812 the Catherine Palace was restored under the supervision of Osip Bove. It has since been occupied by the Moscow Cadet Corps, Malinovsky Tank Academy and other military institutions and has generally been inaccessible to the public at large. In October 1917 the Moscow cadets mounted a fierce resistance against the Bolsheviks in Lefortovo. What little remained of the Annenhof Park was largely destroyed by the 1904 Moscow tornado.

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Founded: 1752
Category: Palaces, manors and town halls in Russia

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Сергей Кагарманов (6 months ago)
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Лариса Н (12 months ago)
I didn't go around the whole palace, but what I saw: the exterior, the central one, probably, the staircase, the chandelier and the internal structure are beautiful. I even like the old staircase, the side staircase, in the right wing, smells of history, not a remake. k Historical and cultural value as well as a beautiful building.
Николай Изюмов (16 months ago)
We looked before the trip to St. Petersburg, received all the necessary information, bought tickets.
Igor Ulogov (2 years ago)
Baroque building. There are not very many of them in Moscow. Decorates the city.
Simon Kulkov (3 years ago)
На русском читайте ниже ———————————————— Read before you go there ———————————————— Before you go there - ask your tour guide or call the palace to check how many rooms are opened. In the beginning of January 2019 we had a long ride to this place, and were really disappointed that only few rooms are open - it took us literally 30 minutes to walk through. They don’t allow you to walk anywhere you want like in Hermitage, you have to stay with the group and follow a guide. The staff is unhappy and rude, to a simple question “excuse me, is that room opened?” they unhappily answer - “go that way, it’s closed” and angrily pointing towards the guide. Возможно этот дворец красивый летом, и когда в нем открыты все комнаты. Мы не знали и приехали в дворец, оплатили 700 рублей и вся экскурсия заняла у нас примерно 30 минут. То есть вы поднимаетесь наверх, проходите несколько очень похожих комнат, вам говорят как они использовались и всё, вас спускают вниз показывать фотографии известных людей которые побывали в этом дворце, а дальше - магазин сувениров. Всё. Персонал довольно груб и выглядит недовольно. На вежливый вопрос «извините, а та комната открыта» злобно отвечают «нет, туда вон иди». О какой культурной столице может идти речь когда люди не уважают своих гостей? Да и в целом не приятно. Синдром вахтёра похоже. Мы были очень расстроены таким варварским отношением к делу. Могли бы предупредить что буквально пара комнат открыта. Или сделать скидку, или компенсировать как то ещё - например давать людям брошюру о других комнатах с фото и описанием. Судя по всему следующим шагом будет открытие комнаты из гипсокартона, в которую будет большая очередь, люди будут платить по 1000р на входе, делать фото пустых стен внутри и выходить.
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