Sunday, June 24, 2012

Saint Petersburg vacation. Tsarskoye Selo.

Tsarskoye Selo (Tsar's Village) is located in a small town Pushkin near Saint Petersburg. It is famous of the Catherine's Palace and a huge park with ponds, bridges and other buildings. Catherine's Palace is the center of ensemble - a beautiful representation of Russian baroque. It was designed and built by genius architect of the XVIII century Rastrelli and is one of his best creations. Unfortunately, during the World War II a big part of the palace was destroyed and now is reconstructed due to original layouts.
Pushkin town is named after the great Russian poet Aleksandr Pushkin, who spent his youth and actually started writing poems here.
The Palace itself looks beautiful, painted in soft blue and white colors, richly decorated with gold, columns and statues.
Inside the Palace we appeared in the atmosphere of XVIII century. The Big Hall is on the picture below. This is the main hall of the palace with area of 860 square meters. A lot of mirrors and windows, gold and glass - makes the hall visually larger. The painting on the ceiling is huge and cover it all - I even can't imagine how much work and efforts was needed to create such decoration. It is amazing and worthy of respect.
All other rooms are decorated with the same richness and elegance. On the picture below is one of the dinning rooms with an example of table decoration.
Ceiling in each room are separate masterpieces. Looks gorgeous.
Another smaller dinning rooms where Russian emperors had dinners with nobility.
Antique tableware, wonderful fruits and flowers decoration.
Reproduction of Catherine's favorite dress made of (!)paper.
Richly decorated interiors.
Dinning room in ancient greek style in light green color.
Catherine's bedroom.
A snapshot from the famous and mysterious Amber Room, which was considered an Eighth wonder of the world. In 2003 it was finally reconstructed from the drawings and schemes. Unfortunately, initial Amber Room was lost at the beginning of the World War II after it was stolen by German forces during palace occupation. There are a lot of different versions of where might it be now, but the most realistic are that it is neither destroyed already or stores in private collections wherever in the world. Eight tonnes of amber were used for the new Amber Room. It is a beautiful masterpiece, carefully recreated by modern artists.
Out of the palace we got into a beautiful big park with a lot of nice alleys.
The Grot.
The Hermitage.
The Dutch Admiralty.
Monument representing Peter Bruegel's painting "The Blind Leading the Blind".
The Turkish bath and the Marble Bridge on the back.
Another view of the Turkish bath with 25 meters high Chesme Column on the background.
The park includes numerous ponds. The water in them is so calm and smooth, that everything is reflected in them creating a beautiful landscapes and views.
The Siberian Marble Bridge and it's reflection - a pleasure for eyes.
There are a lot of other buildings of different purpose on the territory of the park. Concert hall on the picture below.
Creaky arbor in Chinese style.
Cameron Gallery from the back.
Hermitage kitchen.
Those were the most interesting and good looking photos from our visit to Tsarskoye Selo. This place is very peaceful, quiet and relaxing, far from busy crowded city. It might have been a real resort for Russian emperors - beautiful nature and architecture makes Tsarskoye Selo a perfect place to rest, take a break from busy life and soak good mood and energy from nature.
We enjoyed our visit very much. Hope you enjoyed it as well.
Previous post about our Saint Petersburg vacation can be found here: Moscow part, the city of Saint Petersburg, State Hermitage Museum, Petergof.
Will be back soon with the final part of Saint Petersburg beauties.

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