Gatchina Palace


The town of Gatchina is home to one of the country residences of Russia’s emperors. The town’s picturesque lakes — surrounded by marble statues — and a magnificent palace reminiscent of a romantic castle from the Middle Ages all lend to the town’s unique and enchanting atmosphere.

The town of Gatchina is home to one of the country residences of Russia’s emperors. The town’s picturesque lakes — surrounded by marble statues — and a magnificent palace reminiscent of a romantic castle from the Middle Ages all lend to the town’s unique and enchanting atmosphere. The residence’s dark secrets are kept out of sight in an underground passage — a source of shelter for the palace’s owner in case of danger. Who knows — perhaps the palace coup that put an end to Paul the First could have been avoided and history taken a different path if he had been in Gatchina instead of St. Petersburg’s Mikhailovsky Castle. RTG TV presenter Alexander Uvarov took a trip to Gatchina where he had the chance to explore the rich history of this impressive residence.