The Catherine Palace is one of St. Petersburg’s greatest splendors, straddling the line between the old and new Europe. Palaces like this, built in 1756 for the Empress Catherine the Great, provide a window through which to view the epic splendor of Russia’s grandeur and dark mysterious past. Trimmed in solid gold, the grand Baroque façade is just one of the many stunning features of the palace.
Today, the Catherine Palace serves as a monument to the great architects like Bartolomeo Rastrelli who designed and constructed the beautiful, unfolding structure as well as the many people who restored the grand palace after the war.
Of the 58 halls destroyed, 32 have been restored to include the world renowned Amber Room. The original Amber Room boasted six tons of precious amber which historians estimate would be worth about $142 million dollars today and was dubbed the “eighth wonder of the world.”
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