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Palace Own cottage description and photo - Russia - Saint Petersburg: Peterhof. Detailed information about the attraction. Description, photos and a map showing the nearest significant objects.
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Palace Own dacha in many ways resembles the Marly Palace in Peterhof. The palace is located on the territory of the palace and park ensemble "Own Dacha", located 3 km from the Grand Palace of Peterhof. This place was donated by Peter I to Feofan Prokopovich, a famous preacher and publicist. A house was built on the hill, in which Feofan Prokopovich received guests, incl. and Anna Ioannovna. The future Empress Elizaveta Petrovna, who was still the crown princess at that time, also visited here. She really liked this Primorskaya dacha (as it was then called). Not surprisingly, after the death of Prokopovich, the dacha became the property of Elizabeth and became known as the Own Dacha.
Next to the palace there was a large wooden outhouse for courtiers, a kitchen, and a little further away - a farm and a glacier cellar. Here, outside the city, Empress Elizabeth Petrovna rested and was engaged in farming.
During the reign of Catherine II in 1770. the palace was rebuilt by Felten due to its dilapidation. In 1843 the estate was donated by Nicholas I to his son Alexander, the future Emperor Alexander II. In the same year A.I. Stackenschneider completely changed the external and internal appearance of the palace, leaving only the walls from the former, modest in decoration. The palace was redecorated, and later an attic floor was added over it.
A.I. The Rococo style (or Louis XV style) was chosen as the Stackenschneider for this palace. Everything was done in this style: furniture, wall decoration, porcelain sets, paintings, figurines, etc. Even the dishes kept in the palace corresponded to a single style. The Sevres tea service stood out especially, which depicted the famous favorites of the kings of France.
The palace began with a lobby trimmed with carved beech. On the ground floor there were: the valet, the office of Alexander II, his dressing room, blue and yellow rooms, a dining room. The cabinet of the emperor was very reminiscent of the cabinet of Peter the Great in the Great Palace of Peterhof: inlaid parquet, doors made of ebony and other valuable woods with inlays, Saxon and Sevres vases, carved furniture. On the walls of the office there are paintings by Watteau and Vanloo. A staircase with carved beech railings led upward, reminiscent of the central staircase in the Great Peterhof Palace.
On the second floor there is a living room, Maria Alexandrovna's study, a library, a bedroom, a Jungfer chamber, and a bathroom. In the bedroom there is a luxurious four-poster bed, above which there is a graceful image of the Mother of God, carved from ivory. There was also a showcase in which there were ancient toilet articles that, according to legend, belonged to Elizaveta Petrovna. On the walls of the living room there are ceremonial portraits of Paul I and his family by A. Nef. The bathroom with a marble pool was decorated with a large wall fresco "Triumph of Galatea".
During the Great Patriotic War, the building of the palace was badly destroyed. In 1963 it was recreated by the Leningrad Civil Engineering Institute according to the original drawings of A.I. Stackenschneider.
A stone staircase with several terraces descended from the northern facade of the building, on which baskets with flowers cast from cast iron were installed. During the descent, a wonderful view of the stalls with a statue of Cupid (sculptor N. Pimenov) opened up. There was a pond in front of the palace. There were also two fountains below. The territory of the garden ended right at the sea.
At the southern facade of the palace, surrounded by trees, there was a flower parterre. Along the central path of the garden, there are 8 marble statues that depicted court gentlemen with musical instruments.
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