The Creaking Pagoda
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between two ponds in the landscape park separating the Catherine Palace
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and Alexander Palace
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in Tsarskoe Selo, Russia
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is a reference to the 18th-century taste for Chinoiserie
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. It was designed by Georg von Veldten. Construction lasted from 1778 to 1786. The walls are decorated with figures of dragon
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s and other stylized Chinese motifs. The name of the structure refers to a characteristic sound produced by a metal banner on the top when it is turned by the wind.