Konstantinovsky Palace, built in the XVIII century, is a historic landmark located in Strelna and about 19 km away from St. Petersburg on the road to Peterhof. Before 1917 the mansion and the estate had belonged to the imperial family and its first owner was Peter the Great. Later it was inherited by his descendents, one of them was the Grand Duke Konstantin, in whose honor the palace was named.
Just a few years ago the Konstantinovsky Palace was completely in ruins. By the 300th anniversary of the St Petersburg it had been restored (by the orders of then President Vladimir Putin), which meant a new era for the palace. The surrounding park with canals, fountains, and drawbridges was recreated to Le Blond’s original designs, complete with a water-bound pavilion by the sea shore. Now it is the state conference center and the presidential residence. The renovated Konstantinovsky Palace hosted more than fifty heads of state during St. Petersburg tercentenary celebrations in 2003, with Berlusconi, Blair and Bush among them.