Tsarskoye Selo starts
the third millennium with a whole series of notable jubilee dates: the Tercentenary of St Petersburg, the 300th anniversary of Empress Elizabeth Petrovna, 300 years since the birth of the architect Bartolomeo Francesco Rastrelli, and finally, the Tercentenary of the founding
of Tsarskoye Selo that is to be celebrated on 24 June 2010. The great deeds of the early eighteenth century had a no less remarkable continuation. Tsarskoye Selo developed into a representative town of the Russian state as a whole, with large imposing
palaces built in it. Its magnificent parks became a vivid example of diverse versions of landscape gardening - from regular compositions to landscaped parklands. It was in the reign of Elizabeth Petrovna that the concept
of the design of the absolute monarch's residence took shape. Catherine the Great personified the idea of enlightened absolutism. Alexander I conceived to turn Tsarskoye Selo into a model town of the Russian Empire. The...