Continuing on from my post last Wednesday, today’s post will be all about the stunning Palaces we visited just outside of Saint Petersburg.
We started our second day of touring bright and early driving outside of the city to a town called Pushkin. This town is home to the opulent Catherine’s Palace, also known as the Summer Palace. Peter The Great built what once was a modest two story building for his wife Catherine. However, it was their daughter Elizabeth that commissioned the palace to be built to replace her mother’s house. So it is Elizabeth I that brought in the rich grandeur style. Sadly Elizabeth died prior to the Palace being completed. It was Elizabeth’s daughter Catherine II who lived there and this became her favorite summer residence.
My favorite room was Great Hall, it was filled with innate gold detailing.This room is known for the grand parties and balls because of it’s vast feel due to all the windows on both sides. We continued on touring the Palace.. I was shocked to hear that it holds over 30 dining rooms- that’s a lot of dishes! Another impressive room, The Amber Room, where the name speaks for itself as all the walls are covered with amber pieces. There was also rooms with porcelain columns and silk wall coverings. The Palace was so over the top it’s hard to believe that Catherine lived so lavishly back then.
We finished out our tour of Catherine’s Palace strolling through the beautiful gardens which were just as amazing.
After a traditional Russian lunch we drove to tour Peterhof Palace and Gardens. Peterhof was built for Peter The Great.
This palace and gardens are know for being the “Versailles of Russia.” Having been to both I have to say that the fountains and gardens seem much more impressive than that of Versailles. However both are so lavish and impressive, it’s so hard to choose one over the other. At Peterhof there are over 64 fountains and hundreds of statues throughout the garden. The main attraction though is the Grand Cascade, which is just so visually stunning. I could have sat at a park table with a glass of wine and just admired every single detail of this work of art.
It was such a delight being able to tour both Palaces so rich in grandeur. Russia is a place that you must see and experience for yourself!
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