This palace is located in Kamenny (rock) Island. It was given in 1765 by Catherine II to her son future Paul I.
In 1776 the construction of the palace started, led by architect Georg Veldten. The residence, completed in 1782, is a good example of Saint Petersburg’s Neo-Classical architecture. It has a central part and two wings. The façade looking at the cour d’honneur has a portico with six Tuscan columns and a pediment. The façade looking at the Neva Riva has an eight Doric columns portico.
This palace was Alexander II’s favorite residence. After his accession to the throne, he stayed there very often.
Near the palace is located the Church of the Nativity of Saint John the Baptist, also built by Georg Veldten.