Built as a gift for the Tsarina Catherine I by her husband, Peter the Great, this pretty Baroque palace is set in extensive, lovely parkland near the sea outside Tallin. It was little used by successive tsars, though governors lived there in the German occupation years.
The palace was refurbished as a jewel in the crown of the Estonian National Art Museum in 2000 and now houses the foreign collection, mainly Russian and Western works from the 16th to the 20th century.
The pictures are mostly not by really famous names, to the layman at least, but it's a lovely place to wander round. As palaces go it's not overwhelmingly grand but very elegant and atmospheric.
The classical concerts held there are recommended.
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