In the western section of the Lower Park is another famous structure, the Hermitage, built in 1725 and claiming to be the first of the great Imperial hermitages (the most famous, of course, still stands in St. Petersburg), or retreats, in Russia. This two-story pavilion gives new meaning to the concept of a movable feast. The building, which was used primarily as a banqueting hall for special guests, was at one time equipped with a device that would hoist the dining table area — diners and all — from the ground floor to the private dining room above. A slightly different system was put in place after Tsar Paul I’s chair broke during one such exercise. The center part of the table could be lifted out, and guests would write down their dinner preferences and then signal for their notes to be lifted away. Shortly thereafter, the separated section would be lowered, complete with the meals everyone had ordered. The only way to the Hermitage was over a drawbridge, so privacy was ensured.