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Many European palaces had game rooms built in to allow one to spend time away from state business and relax with near and dear ones. These could be rooms for playing cards or chess, in the case of the Gatchina palace it was a billiard room that also served for playing cards. At the turn of the 19th century, the billiard formed part of the "obligatory" educational program for young nobles both in Europe and Russia. In addition to the table, the room has a special cue cabinet, a small table for billiard equipment chalk, cloths and other small items.

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