Visit to the Cottage Palace in Alexandria Park at Peterhof. In this area, east of the Grand Palace of Peterhof, Menshikov started building a palace shortly before falling in disgrace. It later became a hunting reserve before finally being abandoned. The cottage was the first building, with the main palace erected in 1826-1829 by Nicholas I in what became the new Alexandria Park. It was a present to his wife Alexandra Fedorovna, who found the pomp of the court hostile and oppressive, preferring the privacy and reserve of this charming half farm cottage and half summer estate villa, starting the tradition of owning a luxury suburban dacha. It was painted in the traditional light yellow and white colours of Peterhof and decorated by iron elements, the roof imitating a farm-like straw cover. In charming Alexandria Park surrounding the cottage we can also admire a neo-gothic chapel.
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