Catherine I commissioned this Palace in 1717. Her daughter Empress Elizabeth remodelled and extended it to this gigantic, 325m long building in 1756. When Catherine II The Great came to power in 1762 she deplored the excesses, halted the gilding work (already 100kg of gold was used) and adopted a more understated (relatively) style.
Pushkin Palace June 5th 2017 Geo: 59.7156, 30.3948After a leisurely start we had an hour tour of the Faberge Museum. Then a 45 min drive to the re-named Pushkin Palace, home of the fabled Amber Room. This Summer Palace was built by Catherine I and vastly extended by her successors. Before the revolution Nicholas and Alexandra tried to shield their haemophiliac son from the public, and actually lived in the Summer Palace ... read more
Europe » Russia Founded in the 12th century, the Principality of Muscovy, was able to emerge from over 200 years of Mongol domination (13th-15th centuries) and to gradually conquer and absorb surrounding principalities. In the early 17th century, a new Romanov Dynas... ... read more