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The Big Gatchina Palace was built in 1766-1781 in Gatchina town (Russia) by Antonio Rinaldi project for Count Grigori Grigoryevich Orlov that was a favourite for Ekaterina II. The Gatchina Palace is located on the hill above Lake Serebryannoe. It combine themes of a medieval castle and a country residence. Palace interiors are exemplary of Russian classicism at the turn of XVIII—XIX centuries. The Gatchina Palace was one of the favourite residences for royal family.
Palace and Park Ensemble of the Town of Gatchina is a part of Historic Centre of Saint Petersburg and Related Groups of Monuments that is UNESCO WHS.