Pushkin and Catherine Palace
St Petersburg, Russia, Russia
Visit the sumptuous village, parks and palaces of Pushkin where the Russian Tsars resided during summer, and most notably the stunning baroque Catherine Palace, once home to Empress Catherine the Great.
Catherine Palace was commissioned by Peter the Great for his wife, Catherine I in the 18th Century. Originally a two-storey modest building, it was later completely transformed by their daughter Empress Elizabeth and four architects into the majestic monument it is today. It is nearly 1 km in circumference and is lavishly decorated with ornate atlantes, pilasters and colonnades on the outside and marble statues, gilded banisters, frescoes, silk wallpapers and much more on the inside.
Particularly well known for the Amber Room which was designed by Rastrelli who used panels of Amber and surrounded them with aureate carving, mirrors, mosaics and gem stones to create this splendid work of art.
Many of the other rooms are themed as well, notably those designed by Charles Cameron famed for his flawless taste in color. The Green Dining Room is very popular, as is the Blue Drawing Room which is decorated in blue and white painted silk wall paper. The Great Hall, or Hall of Light so-named because of it's enormous 1000 sq meter size that occupies the width of the Palace and is encased by vast arched windows on either side, framing the spectacular views.