Catherine Palace (also called Tsarskoye Selo or the Tsars Village) islocated in the small town of Pushkin, 25 km south-east of St. Petersburg.The palaces ornate, baroque design is breathtaking, and its 740 meter(2427 feet) length is massive. Like many St. Petersburg structures, theCatherine Palace is brightly painted. The exterior is a brilliant robinsegg blue, trimmed in white and gilded with over 200 pounds of gold.Peter the Great presented the palaces estate to his wife Catherine in 1710,and it served as the imperial familys summer residence until the time ofthe last Tsar in 1917. During the reign of Peters daughter, EmpressElizabeth, the size of the palace was significantly increased during themid-1700s by the famous architect Bartolomeo Francesco Rastrelli, andit was Rastrelli who gave the palace its baroque style. The Baroqueinterior design of the palace was changed during the reign of Catherinethe Great (Catherine II) to suit her more neo-Classical taste.
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