Travel Palace was constructed in historic center of
Tver in 1764- 66 under design of architect M.F. Kazakov. It unites
architectural elements of Classicism and Baroque. This royal
residence was built for Russian Empress Catherine the Great who
wanted a more appropriate resting place during her travel from
Russian capital of Saint Petersburg to medieval capital of Moscow.
In the early 19th century the palace was reconstructed under new
design of Karl Rossi. Travel Palace in Tver at the time was owned by
granddaughter of Empress Catherine, Catherine Pavlovna, sister of
Emperor Alexander I. She married the governor of Tver and wanted to
turn old palace into new center piece of social life in the city.
Tver Travel Palace During the war and today
During World War II Travel Palace was badly damaged
by German troops. After the war it was restored to its former
magnificent appearance. It houses Regional Art Gallery of Tver and
Historical and Architectural Museum. Currently it undergoes new
restoration of the facade and superstructure. It is virtually
impossible to predict when will end or if it will end at all. It's
been under restoration since 1990's and proved a good project for
local officials to make money.