The daughter of Peter the Great Elizabeth who had inherited the residence laid out a French style regular park around the Palace. Contemporaries were astonished by the strict lines of paths and alleys, pruning trees into geometric shapes, peculiar halls and galleries made of shrubs. Each of numerous garden pavilions constructed in the park is intended for special purposes. The following owner of Tsarskoe Selo Catherine the Great added the French garden with English regular one where another philosophy reigned: the landscape had to be as natural as possible with a minimum human interference. However succession and taste refinement of both owners are felt there. We propose you a promenade around the masterpiece of park and garden art in this film.
Every old park has its own unique character and atmosphere. The Tauride Gardens are a natural haven in the middle of St. Petersburg and perhaps this is for this is the key to their popularity. Artists love them for their picturesque quality, children for their sunshine, athletes for the fresh air and young people for their democratic character. Like any old park, the Tauride Gardens have a rich and vivid history in which many outstanding figures have played an important role. In the 18th century Grigory Potemkin and Catherine the Second strolled along the garden’s shady paths while nowadays all people are welcome to do this!
With the architectural ensemble the Vasilevsky Island Spit, the golden spire of the Peter and Paul Fortress and the snow-white columns and strong, sculpted gods decorating the Old St. Petersburg Stock Exchange, St. Petersburg is one of the most beautiful cities in the world. Everyone who visits the city sees it in their own unique way. A weekend in the city can be spent in many different ways – devoted to the study of Russian architecture or history or to a fun celebration and adventure away from home. This is especially true in the summer during the white nights when it seems that St. Petersburg and its visitors never sleep and are taking part in an endless series of parties, festivals and concerts.