The Catherine Palace, also known as Tsarskoe Selo or Tsar's Village has been significantly changed over the centuries and had to be almost completely reconstructed after World War II.
The Amber Room is the most famous of the palace rooms, and a recreation of the original room was completed in 2003. The Great Hall, filled with mirrors and gilded carvings, is a perfect remembrance of what life was like for the Russian aristocracy of the 18th and 19th centuries. These photos, accompanied by an article on a day at Catherine Palace, help show why this palace is one of the most popular cruise ship shore excursions in St. Petersburg.
Catherine Palace Near St. Petersburg - Photo Gallery
Catherine Palace Photo (c) Linda Garrison