Vorontsov Palace

This baroque style palace with more than fifty ceremonial halls was designed by Italian architect Bartolomeo Rastrelli. Its construction was financed personally by Earl Mikhail Vorontsov, who had become chancellor by the time the work was completed in 1757. However he had to sell it five years later to pay his debts. It was bought by the imperial crown and Paul I gave it to the Order of Malta at the end of the 18th century. He gave refuge to the knights in Saint Petersburg after Malta was taken by Napoleon Bonaparte. The order was abolished under Alexander I and from 1810 the palace hosted the Page Corps (most prestigious military institution of Imperial Russia). The 1917 revolution did not change this purpose of welcoming military academies.
Sign up for our emails!
Why subscribe? First, our newsletters are captivating! We are one of the few tour operators specializing in Russian and Georgian nature, who invests a lot of resources into photo and video-shooting. That’s why even sitting in the office, you’ll feel like you are making your way among arctic ices, walking along taiga valleys, admiring volcanos or looking in the mirror of crystal Baikal waters. Second, there is lots of useful stuff in our letters. The information about outstanding places, new routes’ descriptions, stories from expeditions and trips. And don’t worry, we write in an easy and entertaining manner. And finally, we’re not pushy. You will get all this beauty not often than once a month or two. So you’re gonna miss us!