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The Catherine Palace, St.Petersburg, Russia

The Catherine Palace, where Empress Catherine the Great lived and died. It was designed by Italian architect Bartolomeo Rastrelli in impressive baroque style. Most of the restored interiors date back to 18th century. The Palace and the park are located in small town of Pushkin in 25 km east of St. Petersburg.

The Amber Room in the Catherine Palace is a complete chamber decoration of amber panels backed with gold leaf and mirrors. Due to its singular beauty, it was sometimes dubbed the "Eighth Wonder of the World". Destroied during the World War II, the room was reconstructed in 2003, which took six tonnes of true Baltic amber. (no pictures of this room, it is not allowed)

The Lyceum (Litzei) is just next door to the palace, a 19th century school for the elite, where the famous Russian poet Alexander Pushkin studied.
A sculpture of poet Pushkin
A sculpture of poet Pushkin
A gate
A gate
North side of the Palace
North side of the Palace
In the park
In the park
The wall clock
The wall clock
In the ballroom
In the ballroom
Windows and mirrors
Windows and mirrors
The dinning room
The dinning room
A mirror
A mirror
In the park
In the park
Strolling in the park
Strolling in the park
A bridge
A bridge
A south facade
A south facade
A street market
A street market
An old corner of the town
An old corner of the town