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Travel Palace

Tver En-route Imperial Palace is an architectural monument of the 18th century located in the historic center of Tver city on the Sobornaya Square, between Sovetskaya street, Starovolzhskiy Bridge and City Garden. Pavilion domes are located on the flanks. Earlier there was a Bishop's house on this place (this is where the fire started on May 12, 1763 and devastated the whole Tver city).

The Palace with two pavilions was designed by M. F. Kazakov and built in 1764-1766 in the Classicism style with Baroque elements. The Palace was intended for imperial family recreation on the way from St. Petersburg to Moscow, that is why it is named En-route. On February 12, 1767 for the first time Empress Catherine II visited the Tver En-route Palace and dined with the local noblemen. A luxurious garden was set up near this grand structure.

The Palace was rebuilt by K. I. Rossi at the beginning of the 19th century. At that time a sister of Emperor Alexander I, Catherine Pavlovna, who was married to Duke George of Oldenburg, Governor-General of Tver, lived there. She turned the Palace into a center of social life of the country and fashionable literary salon, where Tver's high society gathered and which was visited by many prominent people from Moscow and St. Petersburg. N. M. Karamzin read there the excerpts from his "History of the Russian state" to Emperor Alexander I.

In 1864 the Palace was secretly and subtly complemented by A.I. Rezanov, who made another rebuilding, this time in the "old style", so it is quite difficult to distinguish his complements from Kazakov's historic building from the side.
The Palace was regularly attended by the Russian autocrats on the way from St. Petersburg to Moscow. The Tver Museum located in the Palace was visited by the last Russian Emperor Nicholas II shortly before his death.

Currently, the En-route Palace accommodates Regional Art Gallery, Historical and Architectural Museum. The Gallery collection includes Russian and West European paintings, sculptures, applied and decorative arts of the 18-20th centuries, Tver's 15th century frescoes, icon painting works of 14-20th centuries.

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