A superb palace and park ensemble, dating from the late 18th to the 19th century, Pavlovsk was a summer residence of the Russian emperor Paul I and his family. Many famous architects were involved in building and decorating the Palace and Park. Forming a single architectural and artistic whole with the park, the Pavlovsk palace employs in its design such relationships of architectural volumes and masses that, despite its rather small dimensions, the palace’s building produces the impression of a majestic monumental edifice which, at the same time, is organically set in the surrounding landscape. During the World War II the Palace was burned almost completely, the restoration works lasted for many years and thanks to the great many talented and inspired people Pavlovsk rose from the ashes. Except Friday, The Tsarskoye Selo palace and park ensemble (the State Museum-Preserve Tsarskoye Selo) is a superb monument of world-ranking architecture and garden-and-park design dating from the eighteenth to early twentieth centuries. Catherine Palace — a splendid example of the Russian Baroque is a central piece of ensemble. The Great Hall, the Golden Enfilade of state rooms and the world-famous Amber Room take visitors back in time to the age of Catherine the Great. Terrific Park consisting of the Regular and English parts is a perfect example of fine gardening. More than a hundred historical monuments are scattered across the Tsarskoe Selo that have a joint area of 300 hectares: there are grand palaces and intimate pavilions, bridges and marble monuments, and also exotic structures imitating Gothic, Turkish and Chinese architecture that invest little corners of the parks with a romantic atmosphere.