Catherine palace  

Catherine Palace at Tsarskoye Selo - center section of the 980 foot long main facade. The great staircase is in the section behind the white columns. The palace was designed by Rastrelli for Empress Elisabeth Petrovna in 1752. She named it for her mother, Catherine I. Later, Empress Catherine II had Charles Cameron redesign the interiors. In the foreground is part of the formal French gardens.


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