If you missed a recap of our first two days in St. Petersburg, here are the links:
On our final day in St. Petersburg, we visited Tsarskoe Selo and the Catherine Palace.
The Catherine Palace was commissioned by Peter the Great for his wife, Catherine. Originally, the building was a modest two stories. However, when Peter and Catherine's daughter, Elizabeth, chose Tsarskoe Selo as her summer residence, four different architects redesigned and reconstructed the building to the magnificent structure we had the opportunity to visit on our tour.
The Great Hall, also called the Hall of Light, occupied the entire width of the residence. A mammoth fresco entitled "The Triumph of Russia" adorned the ceiling.
|A vain person's dream.|
In 1941, when German troops sieged Tsarskoe Selo, the Amber Room was dismantled; the true fate of the original panels remains unknown. Russia began reconstructing the Amber Room in 1982. Twenty years and $12 million later, the Amber Room reopened in 2003.
|Sharia, Jenny, and our guide|
|Ron and Matt in Barrel|
|Annie and the siege plaque|
This church was built on the location where Emperor Alexander II was assassinated in March 1881. Alexander II initiated a number of reforms during his reign. He freed the serfs and reformed the judicial system.
As our final day in St. Petersburg drew to a close, we walked most of the way through the city back to our hotel.