Incredibly elegant and prohibitively sumptuous, Catherine Palace in St. Petersburg is a must-visit place for those who want to experience a strong aesthetic delight and pleasure.
A former imperial residence and official summer mansion-house of three Russian Empresses (Catherine I, Elizabeth of Russia, and Catherine II), Catherine Palace tantalizes, surprises, and inspires with its ethereal beauty and unique architectural design!
It is situated in 26 km south of Petersburg, in the town of Pushkin (also known as Tsarskoye Selo), and keeps with the best traditions of late Baroque. The palace is a dominating part of the park and palace ensemble of Pushkin, which, in its turn, is included into UNESCO list of world heritage sites. It means that words are not enough to fully describe the handsomeness and gorgeousness of Catherine Palace!
The building is truly one-of-its-kind: its gold-and-blue facades are 740 meters long and generously decorated with stucco moldings, snow-white columns, Atlantes figures, and sculptures, which adds an extra level of solemnity and festivity to the manse.
Inside, the palace is not less impressive. Its Great Hall is so amazing that your mind boggles the same second when you enter here! The Hall’s area is over 800 m2, and its every centimeter is adorned with elite gilt and marble. The floor-to-ceiling windows pass so much sunlight, that the room is all sparkle! Little wonder that the Hall was often used to host grand ceremonies and dancing parties of upper echelons of power.
Another attraction of Catherine’s Palace is the globally-known Amber Chamber that was seriously destroyed and looted during World War II and completely restored in 2003. The Amber Chamber is not only beautiful, but mysterious, too, and its secrets are not unveiled so far.
In fact, Catherine Palace has much to strike with: the Arabesque Room, the Palace Chapel, the Agate Rooms, the Portrait Hall, the White Formal Dining Room, and the Choir Anteroom are just a few of attractions, which will steal your WOWs. Order an excursion to Catherine Palace in Saint Petersburg to immerse into an atmosphere of royal exquisiteness and splendor!