Side Trips from St. Petersburg Travel Guide

Side Trips from St. Petersburg Sights

Prioratsky Palace

  • Castle/Palace/Chateau

Published 12/22/2015

Fodor's Review

A 10-minute walk from Gatchina Palace bring you to Black Lake and this white palace, a unique construction made of rammed earth (compressed clay, sand, and gravel, and other materials). It was built at the end of the 18th century by architect Nikolai Lvov, the first person in Russia to introduce cheap, fireproof, construction of this type. The palace was meant for the great French prior Prince Condé (though he never lived here). The southern part of the palace suggests a Gothic chapel, but the rest resembles a fortification. On the first floor are exposed samples of the rammed earth; the second floor has displays on the palace's construction. To reach the palace directly, you can take minibus 18 or 18a and get off at the bus stop for ulitsa Chkalova.

Sight Information


Ul. Chkalova, Prioratsky Park, Gatchina, Leningrad, 188300, Russia

Sight Details:

  • 120R
  • Tues.–Sun. 10–5; closed 1st Tues. of month

Published 12/22/2015


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