On this tour enjoy a visit to Catherine Palace. During your visit, admire the stunning exterior, explore the palace for yourself and enjoy a stroll through the beautiful park.
Pushkin – formerly known as Tsarskoye Selo, or Tsar’s Village – is located approximately 25 kilometres (15 miles) south of St Petersburg. Rastrelli designed the lavish Catherine Palace in 1752 for Empress Elizabeth, who named it Catherine Palace in honour of her mother, Catherine I. The stunning turquoise, white and gold Baroque façade stretches 300 metres (984 feet) and is adorned with a profusion of atlantes (sculpted figures), columns, pilasters and ornamental window framings. Rastrelli used 100 kilograms (220 pounds) of pure gold for the exterior gilding.
During your visit to Catherine Palace, you can admire the famous Amber Room. Rastrelli set narrow pilasters faced with mirrors between the panels and installed a canvas frieze above them, painted to match the amber. After 30 years of restoration, visitors can be mesmerised by the wealth and warmth of the amber tones, from lemon yellow to a deep red. Enjoy a short walk through the grounds before returning to St Petersburg.
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