Social Program

Welcome Party

Participants and accompanying persons are cordially invited to the Welcome Party at the Aquamarine Hotel on Monday evening, June 23, at 21:20.


All of the Participants are welcome to the excursion to Oranienbaum (Lomonosov) and the Grand Menshikov Palace, on Wednesday, June 25. The excursion will start at 14:30 from the Aquamarine Hotel.

Still commonly known by its post-war name of Lomonosov, the estate at Oranienbaum is the oldest of the Imperial Palaces around St Petersburg. It was founded by Prince Menshikov, Peter the Great's closest adviser. After Menshikov's death, Oranienbaum passed to Peter III who made Oranienbaum his official summer residence. Menshikov began to build his residence here in 1713 and seemed intent on outdoing his master's — Peter the Great's — Peterhof Palace in terms of scale and grandeur. To design the seaside residence, Menshikov commissioned architects Giovanni Mario Fontana and Gottfried Schadel, who were already building the Menshikov Palace in St Petersburg. After over a decade of work, which eventually bankrupted Menshikov, the palace was completed.

Menshikov had little time to enjoy his new palace before he was exiled in 1727 to Siberia. The estate at Oranienbaum passed to the state, and Menshikov's palace became a naval hospital, when later, in 1743, the estate was presented to Tsar Peter III by Empress Elizabeth. The Palace was then renovated by Francesco Bartolomeo Rastrelli, commissioned Peter III, the greatest late baroque architect working in Russia.

Shortly after the Russian Revolution, Oranienbaum was turned into a museum, and, unlike nearby palaces, wasn't occupied by German forces during WWII, so one may enjoy its unique beauty much resembling the original.

Grand Menshikov Palace — perhaps the most impressive landmark of Oranienbaum

The square in front of the Grand Menshikov Palace

Rococo Chinese Palace in Oranienbaum

Symposium Dinner

The Symposium Dinner will be held on Thursday evening, June 26, from 20:00 till 24:00.

The Symposium Dinner is not included in the registration fee and costs 3000 Rubles per person. If you would like to take part, please, contact a member of the Organizing Committee no later thanWednesday morning, June 25.

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