Gatchina is located in the southwestern part of the region, 8 km south of the border of St. Petersburg and 41 km from its historic center. The city is an industrial, scientific, cultural and educational center of the Leningrad region. The main attraction of Gatchina is the eponymous state museum-reserve, which includes the palace and park ensemble and the Gatchina palace, built at the end of the 18th century by the project of Antonio Rinaldi. The atmosphere of the architect's homeland has perfectly taken root in the harsh northern expanses - it seems as if Gatchina is always full of sun.
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