Venue

Our registration:

Wedding Palace №1

English Embankment, 28, St. Petersburg, Russia

After the registration, we will be happy to celebrate with you on a cruise along the Neva River and enjoy St. Petersburg’s White Nights (nearly round-the-clock daylight).

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Our wedding:

Castle Mariyental’ (BIP)

Mariinskaya Ulitsa, 4, St. Petersburg, Russia

The historic castle, located in Pavlovsk (a municipal town and countryside residence of the Russian royal family), now operates as a hotel and a restaurant. Check-in for guests starts at 2:00 PM and check-out is by 12:00 PM the following day. The time of the ceremony will be announced at a later time.

We recommend to check in at 2:00 PM, so you will have time to settle in, relax, and explore the castle. Each of the 25 rooms in the castle is unique and we will most likely organize a tour at 3:00 PM for you to learn more about the castle and explore the surroundings.

IMPORTANT! Due to limited capacity (there is room for up to 50 guests overnight), we will not provide a room for everyone. After you confirm your attendance, please send an email to maria.tsikina@gmail.com to book a free room. We will send you a confirmation with the details of your room.

Please note: We will reserve rooms on a first come, first serve basis. Guests coming from abroad will have the highest priority. If rooms do fill up, there are options to stay in hotels nearby as well.

More about Castle BIP

In 1777, when Empress Catherine II (Catherine the Great) presented her son Pavel (Paul) and his wife Maria land near St. Petersburg in honor of the birth of the heir, the city of Pavlovsk was founded. A year later, construction of the main Pavlovsk Palace began and also Mariental (Maria’s castle) was built. In 1790, the Mariental Park was laid out around them, and after 6 years, Emperor Paul, who by then took the throne, gave a decree to build a fortress on the site of Mariental. Castle BIP, also known as Paul’s Fortress or Bastion of the Emperor Paul, was built during the years 1795 to 1797 by the architect C. F. Brenna by order of Emperor Paul I, on the place of the small “Mariental” Palace. It gives the impression of a toy due to its compactness and small size, which is why the fortress was sometimes called Paul’s Big Toy. Construction was completed in 1798, but Paul would only be able to enjoy his fortress for three years before his murder in 1801. Subsequently the fortress would serve as Russia’s first school for the deaf and mute, an infirmary, various schools and municipal offices.

During World War II, the castle burned to the ground during the Soviet offensive of 1944. Until recently, it was completely neglected as a romantic ruin on the outskirts of once glorious Pavlovsk.

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