Pushkin. Tsarskoye Selo: Catherine Palace

Catherine Palace

The ensemble of the Catherine Palace with its unique Amber room and the adjacent Catherine Park are a kind of hallmark of the city  Pushkin.

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The Catherine Palace is the compositional center of the Catherine Park and one of its main decorations. The majestic building occupies the Central part of Tsarskoye Selo.

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The history of the Palace begins in 1717. The facades of the Palace have a length of 300 meters, and the gilding on exterior and interior decorations left nearly 100 kilograms of pure gold. 

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The most famous part of Catherine Palace is Amber room.

A general view of the Amber Room just before its opening after a complete restoration in the Catherine Palace in St. Petersburg, Russia, Saturday, 31 May 2003. The Russian President Vladimir Putin and German Chancellor Gerhard Schroeder on Saturday officially opened the painstakingly recreated Amber Room, a chamber in the Catherine Palace in the suburb of Tsarskoye Selo that was lost after German troops dismantled and carted it off during World War II. The room has been recrafted with funding from the German natural gas company, Ruhrgas.   EPA-PHOTO/POOL/ALEXANDER ZEMLIANICHENKO
A general view of the Amber Room just before its opening after a complete restoration in the Catherine Palace in St. Petersburg, Russia, Saturday, 31 May 2003.

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The amber room was created by master Gottfried Tussauds for the Prussian king Friedrich I. The decoration was predominantly used amber. Masterpiece consisted of amber panels, decorations and murals. In 1717, his son, king Friedrich Wilhelm I gave the Cabinet to Peter I as a gift. The amber room was packed and with great caution ferried to St. Petersburg in 1717.

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In 1743 Empress Elizabeth commissioned master Alexander Martelli under the supervision of the chief architect F. B. Rastrelli to transform the Cabinet. And by 1770, under the supervision of Rastrelli’s the Cabinet is transformed into the famous Amber room of the Catherine Palace in Tsarskoye Selo, having grown substantially in size and luxury. It is still sometimes called the “eighth wonder of the world”.

There are many luxury rooms in this Palace. When you are walking here it looks like you got into a fairy tale. You can see vintage Royal furniture, famous paintings and of course wonderful interiors of the Palace. Each hall differs from another and has its own
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To visit this palace you can take excursion from Saint-Petersburg.

If you want to see this palace without tour guide, you can buy tickets online here: http://tkt.tzar.ru/en/ . During the summer season (may to September) during holidays and days school holidays customer service is by ticket from 12.00 to 14.00 and from 16.00 to 17.00.

Address: St. Petersburg, Pushkin, Sadovaya street, building 7, the State Museum-reserve “Tsarskoe Selo”.

From St. Petersburg, metro “Moskovskaya” minibus taxi № 342, 545.

From Vitebsky railway station  the train to the station “Children‘s Village” (the station in the town of Pushkin) or bus No. 187.

From the metro station “Zvezdnaya” or “Kupchino” bus №186 to the Museum-reserve “Tsarskoye Selo”.

Official site: www.tzar.ru

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