Catherine Palace (Russia) - Wayne's Photos

The Catherine Palace is in the town of Tsarskoye Selo, 25 kms. south of St. Petersburg, Russia. In 1717 it began as a modest 2 storey building commissioned by Peter the Great as a summer residence for his wife, Catherine I from whom it received its name. In 1743 Empress Elizabeth (Catherine's daughter) decided that this building was outdated and ordered it torn down and replaced with the current structure. It was meant to rival the finest palaces of Europe. The reconstruction was completed in 1756 and is almost one km. in circumference.

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