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    Catherine Palace, Tsarskoe Selo

    by aukahkay Written Jun 25, 2006

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    The Catherine Palace is a magnificent baroque palace in the midsts of a lush park of the same name. Externally, its facade is sky blue with marble white columns, interspersed with statues. It was used by the Russian Tsars as their summer palace and is located 25 km south of St Petersburg.

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    Catherine Palace

    by salisbury3933 Written Feb 1, 2006

    Tours cost 500 roubles, and at the time of visiting that was the only way to get in. The amber room is amazing, but the interior of the whole palace is pretty amazing.

    The Germans trashed the place during the war, and it's amazing to see how the Russians have rebuilt it over time to what it is.

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    The grounds of Catherine Palace

    by salisbury3933 Written Feb 1, 2006

    Strolling around the grounds is definitely recommended, to take in the splendour of the palace, and also the surrounding grounds.

    Here's a photo of me with the Baltika balloon. I'm a Baltika fan as well, by the way.

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    The Palace and Parks of Tsarskoye Selo part 4

    by budapest8 Written Jan 12, 2006

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    Marble Bridge Catherine Park Pushkin Summer 1990



    No mention has yet been made of Charles Cameron, the famous Scot who was commissioned by Catherine the Great and whose main task at Tsarskoye Selo was to refurbish some of the rooms within the palace itself. Whilst strictly he did not get involved with the plans for the park, he was responsible for the building of the complex situated at one side of the palace, which comprises the Agate Rooms and the Cameron Gallery (resembling a Greek or Roman temple) with its wide open-sided corridors which afford magnificent views of the whole park. At the park end of the Gallery he added a high steep double staircase, which brings visitors directly into the park beside the Great Pond itself. Cameron's Ramp, a construction of a series of arches, bearing masks of mythological heads as the keystone for each arch, leads past the Private Garden into the landscaped gardens.
    The lovely landscape park of Tsarskoye Selo, along with Peterhof, should be placed on the 'must-see' map of everyone with a passion for gardens when they visit this area of Russia. Both are magnificent and a tribute to those who spend time and money looking after them. They are being preserved for future generations to see, wonder and marvel at. Long may they continue to be so lovingly cared for.

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    The Palace and Parks of Tsarskoye Selo part 3

    by budapest8 Written Jan 12, 2006

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    A network of canals, cascades and man-made lakes, including the Great Pond, was created and, both in and around this lake, and numerous follies were built, such as the blue and white Grotto by B.F. Rastrelli (1749-61 - currently being restored). The Admiralty, a neo-Gothic building, is set on the far shore of the Great Pond. Nearby, the Chesma Column stands haughtily erect at the end of a small causeway, built to commemorate the Russian victory over the Turks in the Aegean (Antonio Rinaldi, 1771). The pink Turkish Baths date from around the same time.

    At the far end of the Great Pond lies the famous Palladian or Marble Bridge, built by Vasily Neyelov in 1770-76. It is very similar in both concept and style to the Palladian Bridge at Stowe and both bridges lie at one end of a lake where the stream joins the lake. The reflections in the water on a clear day are quite magical.

    Space does not allow a full description of the garden, with all the other buildings and temples which can be found amongst the trees and woodland within the park. However, mention must be made of the statue of the Girl with a Pitcher by Pavel Sokolov (1816), which inspired Pushkin to write his memorable poem Fountain at Tsarskoe Selo, Pushkin's own memorial statue (1900), the Creaking Pavilion which lies between the Catherine Park and Alexander Park (so-called because it was designed to creak when people entered), and the Concert Hall Pavilion, built in the traditional classical style in the 1780s by Giacomo Quarenghi as a hall for music and dedicated to the goddess Ceres.

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    The Palace and Parks of Tsarskoye Selo part 2

    by budapest8 Written Jan 12, 2006

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    The park was transformed in the English style, to create a pure landscape, interspersed with temples, bridges, grottoes, the inevitable Hermitage and other buildings, akin to Capability Brown's creation at Stowe in Buckinghamshire. It is now a landscaped park of incredible beauty and style.

    Entering the Catherine Park from Sadovaya Ulitsa (Garden Street) the first sight is the onion domes of the Church Wing of the palace. But, once again, the palace itself has to be side-stepped in favour of the park. A wide sandy path runs the full length (c740 metres - nearly half a mile) of the front fa?ade. A series of steps lead down to the first terrace of formal French-style parterres, laid out in the 1740s, rectangular lawns with mature trees, each bounded by wide sandy paths.

    A lower terrace is reached by descending another set of steps, leading to a further terrace in which two rectangular baths or ponds were built. These terraces were the concept of the architect Bartolomeo Francesco Rastrelli (who had also been employed at Peterhof). Below the steps to the last terrace, the path splits into three, the centre path leading directly to the Hermitage (1756) and the two diagonal paths leading to the Upper and Lower Baths, built by I. Neyelov, 1777-80. Adjacent to the Upper Bath stands a Pavilion.

    Leaving this terrace, the main path leads visitors' eyes directly to the moated blue and white Hermitage, which is almost a palace in its own right, although in need of restoration. Two diagonal paths fan out to the left and right of the central pathway, each flanked by pleached limes. Both lead to a small canal which eventually runs into the Great Pond.

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    The Palace and Parks of Tsarskoye Selo

    by budapest8 Written Jan 12, 2006

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    Tsarskoye Selo, lying some 16 miles south of St Petersburg in the small town of Pushkin. Travel to this palace and park can be by train or bus. It is relatively easy to find and at least a day should be spent in the park alone, with another day to 'do' the palace.

    The great blue, white and gold palace stands in parkland of some 1400 acres, which is divided into the Catherine Park and the Alexander Park. The palace itself was built on the site of a Finnish manor Saari-mois which Peter the Great had presented to his wife, Catherine, in 1710. On their deaths the entire property was left to their daughter, Tsarina Elizabeth Petrovna, who had spent a good deal of her childhood here. She created the enormous palace which can be seen today and spent a good deal of money on the park, which is totally different from that of Peterhof.

    It was, however, in the 1720s that the oldest and most regular part of the park was created by Jan Roosen. Then, in 1768, Catherine II (Catherine the Great) began to alter this area of the garden. Catherine wrote to Voltaire in 1772:

    "I now love to distraction gardens in the English style, the curving lines, the gentle slopes, the ponds in the forms of lakes, the archipelagos on dry land, and I scorn straight lines and twin allées. I hate fountains which torture water in order to make it follow a course contrary to its nature; statues are relegated to galleries, halls etc., in a word, anglomania rules my plantmania".

    To this end she employed master gardeners such as John Busch, under the overall supervision of Vasily Neyelov, to carry out this work.

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    The Upper Bath Pavilion Pushkin

    by budapest8 Written Jan 12, 2006

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    The Upper Bath Pavilion Catherine Park Pushkin


    The Upper Bath Pavilion. Designed by I.Neyelov 1777-80
    This is one of the best places for a good picture if the weather is right!

    A lower terrace is reached by descending another set of steps, leading to a further terrace in which two rectangular baths or ponds were built. These terraces were the concept of the architect Bartolomeo Francesco Rastrelli (who had also been employed at Peterhof). Below the steps to the last terrace, the path splits into three, the centre path leading directly to the Hermitage (1756) and the two diagonal paths leading to the Upper and Lower Baths, built by I. Neyelov, 1777-80. Adjacent to the Upper Bath stands a Pavilion.

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    The Catherine Park Pushkin

    by budapest8 Written Jan 12, 2006

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    The most beautiful palace in Russia. PUSHKIN


    The Catherine Park is a wonderful work of the Russian art of gardening from the 18th and 19th centuries, which combines the masterpieces of architecture with the beauty of the transforming nature of the north. In its landscaping one can find the features of different garden styles.

    The Regular part of the park lies between the Catherine Palace, the Great Pond and the Cascade ponds. It is created according to Rastrelli's design and constructed by the master gardener Ya Rekhlin. It's historic name is the Old Garden. It was originally planted at the beginning of the 18th century in front of the palace of Catherine I. In the 1750's the park was decorated with numerous entertaining pavilions. The landscaping was designed in the second half of the 18th century and is situated beyond the Cameron Gallery. During the same period of time, the park was being filled with architectural designs which revived the forms of military monuments of ancient Rome and the style of the medieval buildings as well as Chinese motifs.The Grand Caprice connects the Catherine Park and Alexander Park

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    a caviar `blini` with a shot of vodka in winter

    by budapest8 Written Jan 12, 2006

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    Pushkin Palace wintertime


    a caviar `blini`( sort of crepes) with a shot of vodka in winter will stave of the hunger and the vodka
    warm you inside! If your wrapped up well and it`s a sunny day with snow on the ground, the palace gardens are magnificant! Remember the days are short and the winds can be very cold, so make use of the daylight.
    Winter:it's from December till March. During the snowy days of winter Pushkin has the special beauty. Winter days are short and they give the city the especial light.

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    Autumn leaves falling in the Palace Gardens

    by budapest8 Written Jan 12, 2006

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    goldern Autumn in the palace gardens


    Autumn:If your lucky and it`s not rainning you might get a few sunny days Autumn is from September till November. The city is very beautiful in the decoration of the autumn leaflets. The air is clean and limpid. The temperature is between +5 and +18 C. It's cool in the evening. Great for taking pictures with all the trees in all the shades of the season. Grab a meal in the town before you take a brisk walk through the palace grounds, even a shot or two of vodka will help the inspiration.

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    Summertime in Pushkin Town

    by budapest8 Written Jan 12, 2006

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    A hot May day in the Pushkin Palace gardens 1990


    Summer:This is my favourite season , it's from June till August. Summer in Pushkin is better than it's usually said. During long weeks there is the warm weather , the temperature is +25 C and higher. In summer there is particular lighting. The days are long and the nights are short. From the end of June till the beginning of July it does not get dark. The charming time of "White nights" begins.

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    Amber room in Catherine Palace

    by yumyum Updated Jul 2, 2005

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    The famous amber room is finished and these days you are not allowed to take pictures there but in all other rooms of the palace. It seems they want to sell their postcards and books on the subject. I took this picture on my visit in 2002.

    An excellent little book on the subject is available at the downstairs shop in various languages for 90 roubles.

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    Palace of Ekaterina II the Great

    by Pablos_new Updated Feb 16, 2004

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    Palace of Ekaterina II the Great

    Of course this is a MUST see point of the Tsarskoe Selo.
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    On the top you can see flag with strange colours - this is the Flag of Emperors Family.
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    Problem of this museum is in bad logistic. In a couple of minutes this people on a photo will be a crowd, that will try to storm fromt doors of the palace. See more in my Warning and Danger

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    The Blue Chinese Drawing room

    by keeweechic Updated Dec 1, 2003

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    The Blue Chinese Drawing Room is decorated with hand painted Chinese silk. Quite exquisite. The marble fireplace has a very delicate and intricate carving around it. The furniture in the room was not designed for the room originally and was on loan from the Hermitage.

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