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Gatchina

Essentials

Gatchina is the largest city within the Leningrad Region and is famous for being home to a former imperial residence, which is now a museum. The UNESCO-protected Gatchina Palace is more reminiscent of a castle rather than the traditional decorative Russian palaces. As such it became the favourite residence of Emperor Alexander III who thought Gatchina safer for his family during a time of unrest. Gatchina can be easily visited as a day trip from St Petersburg.

Gatchina


Basic facts
Name in Russian Гатчина
Status City and administrative centre of the Gatchina District of the Leningrad Region
Location On the River Teplaya
Distance 50km south of St Petersburg; 710km north-west of Moscow
Time Zone Moscow Time
Population 95,860 people (2014)
First Mentioned 1500
Former Names Khotchino, Trotsk, Krasnogvardeysk
City Day Third Saturday in September
Official Website http://gatchina-meria.ru/