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Tauride Palace, St. Petersburg

Tauride Palace, St. Petersburg

Tauride Palace is one of the oldest and largest palaces in St. Petersburg. It was built on the orders of Catherine the Great for her lover Prince Grigory Potemkin of Tauride. The structure is also of great historical importance to the Russian people. Ivan Yegorovich Starov was the architect. Construction began in 1783 and was completed in 1789. The building consists of three buildings that feature a Neoclassical design. The center building is topped with a dome. Many structures across the country were based on the design of the palace.

Prince Grigory tried to use the palace to impress Catherine the Great. Regrettably, his magnificent parties failed to do so, and he left in defeat. After the Prince died in 1791, the Empress converted the residence into her summer townhouse. Once Catherine the Great died in 1796, Emperor Paul donated the building to a cavalry regiment to be used as barracks.

The palace was the location of the Duma in 1905. It was also the site where the provisional government was formed in 1917. And lastly, it was also the site where the first and last Constituent Assembly met in 1918. Currently, the palace is closed to the public and not available for tours.
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Sight Name: Tauride Palace
Sight Location: St. Petersburg, Russia
Sight Type: Attraction/Landmark
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