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Re: The Tauride Palace
« Reply #15 on: February 22, 2009, 08:36:05 AM »
Paul hated his mother Catherine so the Tauride Palace became synonymous with his hatred - it was looted by Paul and then neglected. Many interiors deteriorated beyond repair. He turned it into a barracks and stables for the Horse Guards. Alexander I restored the palace although it was so defaced that it had to be practically rebuilt.

Since that time it was used to accommodate foreign ambassadors and princes.

Later in the 19th century the gardens between the main facade and the Neva were sold and factories and water towers began to obstruct the river approach. 

In 1905 it was again remodelled for the Imperial Duma.

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Re: The Tauride Palace
« Reply #16 on: February 26, 2009, 02:38:36 PM »
The Tauride Palace is not open for tourist viewing. But the water tower across the street is a worthwhile museum. And from the windows one does have a nice view down to the gardens.
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Re: The Tauride Palace
« Reply #18 on: March 10, 2009, 08:14:40 PM »
Here are a couple of sites for the water tower:

www.saint-petersburg.com/museums/museum-water.asp

www.britannica.com/EBchecked/topic/518092/Saint-Petersburg/24004/History

Thanks Cathy!  I had totally forgotten about the water tower until you posted these links.  I walked past Tauride Palace on my way to Smolny Cathedral one night and had wondered what this tower/building was. 

Tauride Palace looks beautiful at night and was decked out with Christmas trees in front when I passed it back in late November.

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Re: The Tauride Palace
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