Egyptian Gate of Tsarskoye Selo

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Egyptian Gates in Tsarskoe Selo

The Egyptian Gate of Tsarskoye Selo was built in 1829 to replace the old toll-bar, which had been made redundant by the expansion of Tsarskoe Selo. The gate, which resembles the Egyptian revival style, was designed by Adam Menelaws, who was inspired by the Temple of Khonsu gates. The hieroglyphics were modeled by the professor Demut-Malinovsky. The iron gate and the cast iron columns and plates, covered with hieroglyphics, were cast in St. Petersburg at the Alexander Iron Works. The Alexander Park extended to this gate until 1895, when part of it was used for the building of barracks.

The large scale pylonesque is made of brick on one side and cast iron reliefs on the other. The drawings on the gates are carved and polished.

The style seen in the Egyptian Gates was very typical of that time. Due to the French expeditions in Egypt, the world became more interested in Egyptian architecture. The hieroglyphics on the gate were included in part to show that the Russians were interested in supporting the scholars that were researching the language.[1][2][3]


  1. ^ Humbert, Jean (2003-05-08). Imhotep Today: Egyptianizing Architecture. Taylor & Francis, Inc. p. 58. ISBN 9781844720064.
  2. ^ "Feodorovsky, Imperial Garage, Catholic Church & Egyptian Gate - Tsarskoe Selo In 1910 - Published For The 200th Anniversary of The City". Retrieved 2015-12-03.
  3. ^ "Wandering Camera - Notes about St.Petersburg and it's suburbs". Retrieved 2015-12-03.

Coordinates: 59°43′45″N 30°23′41″E / 59.7293°N 30.3946°E / 59.7293; 30.3946