STP-05 / TSARSKOE SELO (PUSHKIN) & CATHERINE’S PALACE
– from $ per person –
Departures: Daily, except Tuesdays and the last Monday of each month / Duration: 9 hours
Your tour starts with the excursion to Tsarskoe Selo, a former country residence of the Russian emperors. It is a fascinating example of the world’s architecture and gardening. Peter the Great ordered to construct the small palace for his wife, future empress Catherine I. The palace, completed in 1756, is embellished with blue and white facades featuring gilded atlantes, caryatids, and pilasters. It took over 100 kg of gold to decorate the palace exteriors. The interior of the Catherine Palace is in the same degree spectacular. The Golden Enfilade of grand suites, designed by Rastrelli, starts at the spacious airy ballroom, the “Grand Hall” or the “Gallery of Lights”, and comprises numerous distinctively decorated smaller rooms, including the world-famous Amber Room. Originally designed in 1701 in Prussia and decorated the Berlin City Palace at one point, the Amber Room was gifted to Peter the Great by Frederick William I who sought for a Russo-Prussian alliance. The treasure of 13,000 lb of amber and gold was installed at the Catherine Palace, where the Russian Imperial family typically spent their summers. The room decor disappeared during World War II and was recreated in 2003. Before the room was looted by the Nazis, it was known as the “Eighth Wonder of the World”.
• Private English speaking guide