Gatchina Palace Park
The Gatchina Palace Park, the largest park of Gatchina, is unique in that almost a quarter of its area is occupied by two lakes, White Lake and Silver Lake.
The Palace Park was developed in two main stages. In the times of Count Orlov (the original owner of Gatchina Palace), almost simultaneously with the construction of the Grand Palace, work began on the creation of an English landscape park. The park was designed by Antonio Rinaldi. Besides local pine trees, linden, oak, ash, maple, elm, larch, and silver willow trees were planted.
The second phase was carried out in 1783-1800 under the direction of Vincenzo Brenna. Brenna also designed the north-western part of the Palace Park ("Sylvia”). Artificial ponds were dug out at that time - Karpin pond, which is shaped like a pitcher, and the Admiralty Bucket, rectangular, octagonal, round and oval pools.
The northwestern part of the Palace Park, known as the "Sylvia" (from the Latin "silvia" - forest), has evolved into a separate landscaped park.