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Located just a short drive southeast of St. Petersburg, opulent Catherine Palace and Park once served as the official summer residence of Russian royalty. Originally built on the orders of Empress Catherine I, the imposing palace underwent a massive reconstruction during the reign of her daughter Elizabeth, who spent exorbitant sums on grandiose Baroque projects. No expense spared, the building's facade and roof statues once contained over 100 kg (220 lbs) of gold. Now part of a World Heritage Site, the palace and its gardens represent the finest expression of Russian imperial architecture. The easiest way to explore this massive complex is with an audio guide, available at the on-site ticket office. Check online for opening hours and guided tour options. Our St. Petersburg road trip website makes visiting Catherine Palace and Park and other St. Petersburg attractions simple, and helps you make a travel plan personal to you.
Catherine Palace and Park reviews
Admittedly, every 15 min a new group is let in and the numbers are low... but!!! The stuff are wearing visors and gloves , no masks. They check your id-why??? No one is measuring your... more »
18th century Rococo Palace built for Catherine 1, the wife of Peter the Great. Destroyed during WWII and has been beautifully restored ever since. Gold leaf everywhere! The Amber room and the... more »
Visited here in Winter - it was snowing and gloomy, and way too cold to walk around the park, unfortunately. Nonetheless, the palace was extremely grand and opulent, with extremely intricate detail in the architecture. It is quite a distance away from the city centre though - if you only have a couple of days, the Hermitage has a similarly grand and beautifully embellished architecture. Though perhaps in summer time it will be nice to walk around the entire park complex!
Seen this place in Summer and now in Winter, beautiful as always but of course, the gardens are better during Summer. The interiors of the palace are well preserved and opulent. Be sure to line up early as the people inside the palace could be really crowded.
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