May 25, 2013. Moe and I take a Holland America Eurodam sponsored tour to The Catherine Palace and Paul's Palace.
The Catherine Palace
The Catherine Palace is a Rococo palace located in the town of Tsarskoye Selo, 25 km south-east of St. Petersburg, Russia. It was the summer residence of the Russian tsars. Wikipedia
Oh, my, my--what can I say--a grand palace!
|"Do you think they will let us in?"|
|The barometer indicates "Rising tourist rate"|
|"Oh, yes...more tourists"|
All that glitters is probably gold--the Grand Hall or Hall of Lights
In order to attract funds (for the restoration of the palace), the palace's administration has leased the Grand Hall for such high-profile events as Elton John's concert for an elite audience in 2001 and an exclusive party in 2005 featuring the likes of Bill Clinton, Tina Turner, Whitney Houston,Naomi Campbell, and Sting. Wikipedia
|"Auntie, look, I'm crawling on a royal floor"|
|Protecting the royal floors. Mandatory footwear for all visitors (except crawling babies)|
|Roll-top desk (side view)|
Hand Painted silk walls
The Palace was destroyed during World War II. Restorations are ongoing. below are some archived photos of the process.
|Depiction of the finished restoration|
|Destroyed grand staircase|
|R.D. Slepushkina restoring silk in the Blue Chinese drawing room of the Catherine Palace--1960s|
See above "Hand-painted silk walls"
|Sorting gilded carved wodden peices--1948|
|Installing carved piece in the Great hall, Catherine Palace--end of 1970s|
I think there are hundreds of these guys "supporting" the palace
|What tourists do--take pics of themselves in front of famous sites|
|Non-royal residences of the palace. this mom had a liter of kittens stashed in a hole in the foundation|
|One of the joys of this trip is following spring and tulips around the world|
Paul's (or Pavlovsk) Palace
In 1777 The Empress Catherine II gave a parcel of forest, four kilometers from her residence at Tsarskoye Selo, to her son and heir Paul I and his wife, to celebrate the birth of their first son, the future Alexander I of Russia.
The palace and the large English garden surrounding it are now a Russian state museum and public park. WikipediaIt is rumored that Catherine and her son Paul could be in the same room for more than a few moments so she gave him land for his own palace
|Palace from a poster photo--it was raining when we were there|
|This one's for you, Nicholas|
I've noticed a trend in grand palaces--things you need for grandeur.
Gold doors and knockers
|Oh, Romeo, Romeo...|
Discreet matron to remind visitors "No flash photos"
Statues in corners and in front of windows
Priceless chairs (& seat covers in case the matron is out of the room)
You can't escape love! Cupid's arrow follows you around the room.
Columns, inside and out
A personal chapel
The German attack of the Soviet Union in July 1942 took the Soviet government by surprise.
The morning after the attack, the curators of Pavlovsk began to pack as many of art objects as possible
The thirty curators often worked by candlelight... The paintings, chandeliers, crystal, porcelain, rare furniture, and works of ivory and amber were packed and sent first. They worked with great care – ...furniture (and other pieces) had to be carefully dismantled, with diagrams on how to put them back together