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RUSSIAN CITIES -
CATHERINE PALACE AT TSARSKOYE SELO

 
   
 

This directory is of photographs taken at the Catherine Palace during July 2005. Test and photography from our previous visits to this palace are in separate directory.

 
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Elizabeth and Amanda outside the Catherine Palace on the formal garden side

 
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Elizabeth and Amanda outside entrance to the Catherine Palace

 
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Bust of Rastrelii, the architect who designed the original palace - unfortunately the backlight from sun prevented a good image. The bust is close, outside the entrance gate that tourists use to enter the palace courtyard.

 
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Cupolas over the palace church in the Catherine Palace at Tsarskoye Selo. The church is at the end of the palace next to the entrance gate.

 
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Cupola domes over palace church in Catherine Palace

 
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Upper part of the iron gate entrance for tourists to the Catherine Palace, in background

 
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The gate at the entrance to the courtyard through which tourists are admitted into the grounds.

 
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The buildings surrounding the courtyard side of the Catherine Palace.

 
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Facade of Catherine Palace on courtyard side.

 
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Part of facade on courtyard side of the Catherine Palace

 
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Part of the courtyard wall and gate opposite the Catherine Palace

 
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Administrative building - part of the courtyard wall at the Catherine Palace

 
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Gate entrance into the courtyard of the Catherine Palace - designed by Rastrelli and constructed by Cordoni

 
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Detail of the gate opposite the Catherine Palace

 
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Part of the facade of the Catherine Palace on the courtyard side with main entrance

 
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Part of the facade of the Catherine palace on the courtyard side

 
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Main entrance on courtyard side of Catherine Palace

 
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Courtyard wall in front of Catherine Palace

 
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Wall of courtyard in front of Catherine Palace

 
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Facade of Catherine Palace

 
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The grand staircase from ground to first floor of the Catherine Palace. It was added to the palace by Ippolito Monighetti in 1860. The walls are all white, but due to light appear dark in this photograph.

 
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One of the decorations on the walls of the state staircase at the Catherine palace. The wall is white, but the lighting and camera make part of it appear beige.

 
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Decorations including a clock on the wall above one side of the grand staircase. The wall is white.

 
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Wall adjacent to the state staircase with small painting

 
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Closs-up of the painting on wall of the state staircase in the Catherine Palace

 
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Detail of painting in entrance to Catherine Palace

 
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View of one side of the state staircase of the Catherine Palace. It was not created until 1860's by Ippolito Monigheti.

 
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The other side of the state staircase entranceway at Catherine Palace

 
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One of the decorations on the walls above the state staircase at Catherine Palace

 
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Upper landing of the state staircase at Catherine Palace

 
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Upper landing of the state staircase at Catherine Palace

 
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One of the two cupids on opposite ends of the state staircase - this one on the east side is rubbing his eyes as he wakes with the sunrise - the cupid on the west side is asleep.

 
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View of the upper landing of the state staircase with windows and the sleeping cupid

 
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Section of the ornate decoration on the walls - state staircase at Catherine Palace

 
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Grand ballroom of the Catherine Palace set for a reception

 
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Wall decorations on the north side of the great hall at Catherine Palace

 
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Great hall set for a reception. It was designed by Rastrelii. On the ceiling is the painting "Triumph of Russia" by Giuseppe Valeriani.

 
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Elaborate gilded decorations and mirrors on wall of the grand ballroom of the Catherine Palace

 
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View of the windows and some tables set for reception in the grand ballroom of the Catherine Palace

 
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Detail of gilt decorations on wall of the grand ballroom of Catherine Palace

 
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Detail of the gold decorations on the walls of the grand ballroom of Catherine Palace

 
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Detail of gold decorations on wall of the grand ballroom of the Catherine Palace

 
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Painting on ceiling in Catherine Palace

 
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Ceiling in Catherine Palace

 
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Decorations in corner of Cavalier dining room of Catherine Palace

 
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Painting of Imperial army review.in Catherine Palace

 
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Wall in the Green Pilaster room of the Catherine Palace

 
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Decoration over doorway in Catherine Palace

 
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Ceiling in Catherine Palace

 
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Painting on ceiling in Catherine Palace

 
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Detail of ceiling painting in the Catherine Palace

 
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Fireplace and wall decorations in the Green dining room of the Catherine Palace

 
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Table setting and walls in the Green Dining room of the Catherine Palace created by Cameron for Catherine's son, grand duke Paul.

 
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Table setting in the Green dining room of the Catherine Palace

 
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Formal dining room setting in the Green dining room in the Catherine Palace

 
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Green dining room at Catherine Palace - One of the rooms created by Charles Cameron for Catherine II

 
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Wall decorations of the Green dining room in the Catherine Palace

 
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Close-up of a door in the Green dining room of the Catherine Palace

 
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Detail of the decorative panel on one door in the Green Dining room of the Catherine Palace

 
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Clock in the Green dining room of the Catherine Palace

 
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Decorative vases.

 
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Table and various knick-nacks in the Catherine Palace

 
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Table and sofa in the Catherine Palace

 
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Sofa and chairs of the Catherine Palace

 
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Desk and chairs in the Catherine Palace

 
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Furniture and decorated walls in Catherine Palace

 
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Furniture in a room of the Catherine Palace

 
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State dining room in the Catherine Palace

 
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Another view of the state dining room in the Catherine palace

 
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Ceiling painting in the state dining room of Catherine Palace

 
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State dining room in the Catherine Palace - China service made by the state porcelain factory in the 1760's

 
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Detail of a place setting for dinner in the state dining room of Catherine Palace

 
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Doorway into the restored Amber Room in Catherine Palace

 
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Part of one wall of the Amber room as seen through a doorway - Catherine Palace

 
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Detail of upper section of wall showing gold decorations - Amber room in the Catherine Palace

 
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Part of one wall of the Amber room of the Catherine Palace

 
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Close-up of a section of a wall of the Amber Room in the Catherine Palace

 
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One of the wall stoves used to heat rooms in the Catherine Palace

 
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A heating stove used in the rooms of the Catherine Palace

 
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Another view of a heating furnace in the Catherine Palace

 
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Another heating furnace - in the Green room of the Catherine Palace

 
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Close-up of part of a heating furnace

 
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Desk and heating furnace in the Catherine Palace

 
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Sofa and chairs in Catherine Palace

 
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Another heating furnace and decorated door in Catherine palace

 
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Gold decorations on a door in the Catherine Palace

 
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Roll-top desk and chairs in Catherine Palace

 
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Dining table and other furniture in Catherine Palace

 
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Chess set in the Catherine Palace

 
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Portrait of Catherine II at the Catherine palace

 
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Portrait of Catherine I at the Catherine palace

 
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Furniture in Catherine Palace

 
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Portrait of Alexis Nikolaiovich in the Catherine palace

 
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Amanda in the dining room of the Catherine palace

 
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Portrait of Empress Anna Ivanovna at the Catherine Palace

 
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Portrait of Catherine I in the Catherine Palace in the Alexander I study.

 
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Portrait of Catherine I in the Catherine palace named after her

 
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Portrait of Empress Catherine II in the Alexander I study of the Catherine Palace

 
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Portrait of Emperor Alexander I in his drawing room in the Catherine Palace

 
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Portrait of Alexander I in Catherine Palace

 
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Portrait of Emperor Alexander I in Catherine Palace

 
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Statue and decorations in the Catherine Palace

 
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Another view of statue and decorations in the Green dining Room of Catherine Palace

 
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Chess set on lovely table in the Catherine Palace

 
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Another view of chess set in the Catherine Palace

 
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Close-up of chess set in the Catherine Palace

 
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Interesting table in the Catherine Palace - note the floor also

 
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Large vase in the Catherine Palace

 
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Large vase in the Catherine Palace

 
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Blue table and arm chairs

 
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Fireplace and mirror in the Catherine Palace

 
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Ornate box

 
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Ornate candlestick

 
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Several portraits and candlesticks and sofa

 
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Military style gown

 
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Tsarist uniforms

 
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Tsarist uniforms

 
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Portrait of Tsar Nicholas II on horseback in the special exhibition of Tsarist royalty in the Catherine Palace

 
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Portraits of several grand dukes in the special exhibition of tsarist royalty in the Catherine Palace

 
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Full length portraits of Emperor Nicholas II and Empress Alexandra in special exhibition of Romanov royalty in Catherine Palace

 
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Portrait of Empress Alexandra in the Catherine Palace.

 
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Portrait of Emperor Nicholas II Aleksandrovich in the Catherine Palace

 
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Portraits of several Romanov grand dukes in special exhibition

 
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Portrait of Emperor Paul I in the Catherine Palace.

 
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Portrait of Emperor Nicholas I in the special exhibition of the Catherine Palace.

 
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Portrait of Tsar ? as a young man.

 
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Portrait of Emperor Alexander II in the Catherine Palace.

 
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Romanov grand duke - portrait in the special exhibition in the Catherine Palace

 
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Portrait of Tsarevich Alexi Nikolaivich as young soldier in the Catherine Palace exhibition.

 
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Portrait of Emperor Alexander III on horseback in special exhibition of the Catherine Palace.

 
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Portrait of Emperor Nicholas II on horseback in the Catherine Palace

 
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The facade of the Catherine Palace on the garden side.

 
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The facade of the Catherine Palace on the garden side.

 
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Facade of the Catherine Palace on the gardens side.

 
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The facade of the Catherine Palace on the garden side showing the domes of the palace church.

 
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The facade of the Catherine Palace on the garden side.

 
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Close-up of the domes above the state church in the Catherine Palace

 
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The Catherine palace at a distance - even at this range it isn't possible to get the entire length into the photograph.

 
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The Cameron Gallery designed by Charles Cameron for Catherine II as a neoclassical contrast to the baroque main palace from which it is a wing at right angles.

 
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The Cameron wing of the Catherine Palace.

 
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The Cameron wing on the left and the Agate Room on the right, both designed by Charles Cameron for Catherine II

 
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The Grotto, constructed by Rastrelli in 1753/57 as seen down a garden path. The interior is decorated with 250,000 sea shells.

 
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The Grotto at the Catherine Palace.

 
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The Hermitage palace at the Catherine Palace

 
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One of the canals in the gardens of the Catherine Palace

 
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The Hermitage, built by Rastrelli between 1744 and 1755. The dining room is on the second floor which was off limits to servants. Food was raised on a dinner table. It was prepared in kitchens in a separate, adjacent building.

 

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