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The Town of Pushkin

A cache by Spika Send Message to Owner Message this owner
Hidden : 06/29/2003
Difficulty:
2 out of 5
Terrain:
2 out of 5

Size: Size:   regular (regular)

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Geocache Description:

The cache is located in the beautiful suburb of St.Petersburg - Pushkin.

The former summer residence of Russian tsars – Pushkin (Tsarskoe selo) is situated near St.Petersburg (the distance is 24 km). The date of the foundation of the Tsar's village is the 24th of June 1710. Palace and park ensembles of Pushkin is a beautiful pearl in a necklace of suburbs of St.Petersburg.

One of the famous sights of Pushkin is the Amber Room of Big Palace which was considered to be the Eighth Wonder of the World. King Friedrich Wilhelm I of Prussia presented the room as a diplomatic gift to Peter the Great in 1717 after Peter had admired it while a guest in Charlottenburg, Berlin.

The room was first installed in the Winter Palace, but in 1755 Empress Elizabeth ordered Francesco Rastrelli to move it to the Catherine Palace which is situated in Catherine Park of Pushkin town.

During the Second World War occupying troops removed the amber panels in September 1941. Part of the Amber Room was last seen on display in Konigsberg Castle, before being hidden in its catacombs.

A team of amber masters has worked since 1982, intent on recreating the amber magnificent room. The restored Amber Room is now open for visitors.

Here are several links concerning this beautiful suburb of St.Petersburg: Palaces and parks of Pushkin
The Amber Room
Pushkin is the town of Muses


The cache is located somewhere in the beautiful Catherine Park in the town of Pushkin. The entrance fee to the park is 25 Russian roubles. You can reach the town by train departing from the Vitebsky railway station of St.Petersburg or by bus departing from the bus stop near the metro station Moskovskaya of St.Petersburg.

The cach is a regular round container.
The cache initially contained:
1. A new year decoration
2. A collection of coins of the bank of Russia
3. A pocket-book by Valentin Pikul (in Russian)
4. A small mirror
5. Two rubber toys (little angels)
6. A log book
7. A pencil

Additional Hints (Decrypt)

Lbh fubhyq svaq va gur cnex gur qnz bs gur chqbfg fgbar (guvf cbvag vf znexrq ba gur cnex cyna juvpu vf fvghngrq arne gur prageny ragenapr). N cngu gb gur pnpur vf fgnegrq sebz guvf qnz. Ybbx va gerr ubyybjf.

Decryption Key

A|B|C|D|E|F|G|H|I|J|K|L|M
-------------------------
N|O|P|Q|R|S|T|U|V|W|X|Y|Z

(letter above equals below, and vice versa)



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