Taytsy is an urban locality in Gatchinsky District of Leningrad Oblast, Russia, located north of the town of Gatchina. Taitsy is home to the Demidov Estate, a World Heritage Site.


Taytsy is known since the 1720s, when Peter the Great gave the surrounding lands to Ivan Golovin. The estate was eventually split, and the part which is currently located in the settlement of Taytsy was sold to Alexander Demidov, an owner of metal plants in the Urals. In the 1770s, the architect Ivan Starov, a brother-in-law of Demidov, created in the estate an architectural ensemble consisting of a park and a number of buildings.

In the end of the 19th century, Taytsy belonged to Tsarskoselsky Uyezd of Saint Petersburg Governorate. On November 20, 1918 the uyezd was renamed Detskoselsky. On February 14, 1923 Detskoselsky and Petergofsky Uyezds were abolished and merged into Gatchinsky Uyezd, with the administrative center located in Gatchina. On February 14, 1923 Gatchina was renamed Trotsk, and Gatchinsky Uyezd was renamed Trotsky Uyezd, after Leon Trotsky.

On August 1, 1927, the uyezds were abolished and Trotsky District, with the administrative center in the town of Trotsk, was established. The governorates were also abolished, and the district was a part of Leningrad Okrug of Leningrad Oblast. Taytsy was made a part of Trotsky District. On August 2, 1929, after Trotsky was deported from Soviet Union, Trotsk was renamed Krasnogvardeysk, and the district was renamed Krasnogvardeysky. In May 1930, Taytsy was granted suburban settlement status. On July 23, 1930, the okrugs were abolished as well, and the districts were directly subordinated to the oblast. On January 28, 1944 Krasnogvardeysk was renamed Gatchina, and the district was renamed Gatchinsky. On July 1, 1960 Taytsy became an urban-type settlement.

  • Церковь в Тайцах
  • Церковь Святителя Алексия Митрополита Московского. Тайцы. Church of Prelate Alex Mitropolita Moscow. Thais.