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Broad and massive, the severe Doric order of the gateway, which is made of painted cast iron, is meant to impress. The portal is the design of Brenna. It was built in 1826
Immediately upon entering the estate through the gate one senses a different personality at work than at Catherine's palaces, which were meant to impress a visitor with Catherine's culture and intellect. These were the virtues that Catherine preferred to 'broadcast' in her buildings.
Although he was dead when the gate was erected, Paul must have been involved in its design. Clearly, Paul's intent was to impress his visitors with his military attitude and 'strength of will'. On top of the gate stands the Imperial emblem of Russia, the double eagle. The eagles are missing their crowns.
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