Petrovsky Travelling Palace was built for Catherine the Great and designed by the famous Russian architect Matvei Kazakov in 1775-82. It was meant to be the last overnight station of royal journeys from St. Petersburg to Moscow, hear the empress had a chance to rest before entering Moscow. Catherine visited once, in 1785. Her son Paul stayed in the palace before he was crowned in the Moscow Kremlin. In the 19th century Petrovsky Palace witnessed many official ceremonies, it was from here that Russian tsars began their journeys to the Kremlin for their coronation.
Napoleon was among its famous visitors hiding from the terrible fires that engulfed Moscow in 1812. "From here, all in thoughts, he looked at the terrible fire," the poet Alexander Pushkin wrote. "Napoleon's room" in the palace was preserved.
Petrovsky Palace is regarded as one of the city’s most beautiful architectural jewels
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