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The Hermitage Pavilion in Tsarskoye Selo and its mechanical tables

The Hermitage is a park pavilion built in the Baroque style in the Catherine’s Park in Tsarskoye Selo, the former Russian imperial country residence located near St. Petersburg.

The pavilion, constructed in 1744-1754, served for entertainment meetings of the courtiers. The Hermitage combines white columns, pilasters, architraves, pale turquoise walls and a number of gold-plated elements. Sixty-four decorative columns, stucco garlands, masks, lush window frames don’t leave smooth surfaces. Photos by: deletant.

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The Hermitage has not been rebuilt since the mid 18th century, so its interior has reached our time almost unchanged.

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Thanks to the wide windows, used simultaneously as the doors to the balcony, the central hall is permeated with light.

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The central part of the hall is occupied by the mechanical dining table.

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In the corners, on special platforms, there are smaller mechanical tables, each has its own form.

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To order any meal, the guest had to write the dish name on the plate. After it, the plate went down and soon returned with the dish.

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And here is a video of the process

There are two technical levels below the ceremonial hall – the food delivery floor and the machine control floor.

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The main table – the view from below

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The Hermitage Pavilion in Tsarskoye Selo is truly an amazing place!

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