Catherine Palace and Park, Pushkin

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Located just a short drive southeast of St. Petersburg, opulent Catherine Palace and Park once served as the official summer residence of Russian royalty. Originally built on the orders of Empress Catherine I, the imposing palace underwent a massive reconstruction during the reign of her daughter Elizabeth, who spent exorbitant sums on grandiose Baroque projects. No expense spared, the building's facade and roof statues once contained over 100 kg (220 lbs) of gold. Now part of a World Heritage Site, the palace and its gardens represent the finest expression of Russian imperial architecture. The easiest way to explore this massive complex is with an audio guide, available at the on-site ticket office. Check online for opening hours and guided tour options. To visit Catherine Palace and Park on your holiday in Pushkin, and find out what else Pushkin has to offer, use our Pushkin vacation trip planner.
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  • Remembering that during the war the Germans took all the amber room, and failing to take out tried to destroy, you mark how much love and labour invested in restoring this monument to our Russian history. Were guided for the first time, second time decided independently and explore in more detail not only the Palace, but Park. Plus the Ekaterininskomu Park added alexandrovsky Park. To better highlight the whole day. Don't regret any minute!
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  • Gorgeous gorgeous elegant, Elizaveta portion and Catherine II. different parts is clear and interesting. There are various episodes and interesting. Considering the cost and effort was spent cleaning and heating of the great Palace and fainting because of it.
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  • This Palace was Catherine the great refuge but before it another Tsarina had his hands and graced with gold, precious stones and mirrors such that impress any visitor. The place is full of curiosities and advise the program with a good guide to lost stories that make the ride more interesting. It's good to remember that the entire collection of the Museum was buried at the time of the siege of St. Petersburg and the Palace itself was virtually destroyed by bombing. Knowing this we give more value to the restoration and reconstruction made in recent years. The garden is beautiful and is spotless, full of Linden trees and birches, these, symbol of the Russian soul. Be sure to notice at the entrance of the Palace the sculpture of the great Russian poet Pushkin, who opened the doors of Russian literature.
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