The Catherine Palace, St. Petersburg
What began as a two-story building commissioned by Peter the Great in 1717, now stands as a breathtaking architectural achievement awaiting travelers who visit Russian landmarks. This monumental palace is named after Catherine I, and was seen to completion by her daughter, Empress Elizabeth.
After the original building had been remodeled repeatedly, the Empress took a grandiose approach in 1743, and she instructed the Chief Architect of the Imperial Court, Bartholomeo Rastrelli, to completely redesign and rebuild on a grand scale.
Today, the Catherine Palace spans an entire square kilometer across the grounds of Tsarkoye Selo, showing those who visit Russian destinations a display of opulence, sophistication and beauty rivaled only by the Palace of Versailles in France.
This monument of superior design stands as a national treasure with features such as the Hall of Light, the White Dining Room, the Amber Room and the Grand Hall waiting to stun visitors with ornate decor, classical symmetry and exquisitely painted walls and ceilings.
Those who travel to St. Petersburg can experience a comprehensive history of the last three centuries of Russian royalty in all of its glory and splendor. The compelling blue and white facades, the elaborate gilded details and the immense beauty of the grounds promises every visitor an unforgettable adventure.