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Eagle Pavilion

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The Eagle Pavilion, or the Temple, is one of the park’s oldest structures and is attributed to V.Brenna. Its first record goes back to 1792. Legend has it that on this spot, Paul I shot an eagle flying over the park.

The pavilion represents a round temple – a 9.5-meter high rotunda with an open collonade of ten Tuscan columns, all arranged in a semicircle opposite a semicircular, solid wall that is surmounted by a half-dome with coffering and a seashell. The pavilion stands on a three-step stylobate hewn of natural stone. The colonnade is topped with a single-headed eagle holding a shield with Paul I’s monogram. In the recesses of the walls statues were to be installed.

During the war of 1941-45, a bomb that hit the pavilion brought down a part of the dome, some columns, and an entablement. The reconstruction of the pavilion was carried out in 1969, based on the project developed by architect A.N. Naumova.