The Great Catherine Palace in St. Petersburg

The Great Catherine Palace in St. Petersburg

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The Catherine Palace in Tsarskoe Selo, which was founded as a summer residence for the wife of Peter the Great, Catherine I, is a popular attraction for guests of St. Petersburg who want to see the Amber Chamber, the “Eighth Wonder of the World”, with their own eyes. The dazzling 18th-century Catherine Palace is a perfect example of Russian baroque, its bright-turquoise exterior distinguished by row after row of white columns and pilasters with gold baroque moldings running the entire 985 feet of the facade. Although much of the palace’s history and its inner architectural design bears Catherine the Great’s stamp, it’s for Catherine I, Peter the Great’s second wife, that the palace is named. Under their daughter, Empress Elizabeth, the original modest stone palace was completely rebuilt.

Opening Hours:

Catherine Park open 07:00 – 21:00.
Catherine\’s Palace open 10:00 – 18:00. ?losed Tue and last

Prices:

Admission: Caterine Park and Alexander Park free.
Catherine Palace 400Rbl. Tickets available only in Palace vestibule.

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