There is a place in St Petersburg which bears the name of “Islands” since the XVIII century named Elagin Island. The Islands remained almost untouched by rapidly developing urban construction and preserved a peaceful charm, being a favorite place of rest and relaxation for the inhabitants of St Petersburg, inspiring poets and artists with its landscapes.
The northern one of these islands is Elagin. Elagin Island Palace and Park Ensemble is the only one of the Islands preserved in its entirety and not disturbed by later reconstruction The ensemble occupies the whole territory of the island and covering 96 hectares, including 9 artificial ponds. The western cape of the island is facing the Gulf of Finland (with amazing sunsets), the eastern one the division of two branches of Neva River.