Kate’s Travels Continue – The Catherines’ Palaces

The Hermitage – Catherine’s winter palace

Actually, 2 palaces, 1 theatre, and 1 private art museum, but now all four together make the Hermitage museum

Actually, 2 palaces, 1 theatre, and 1 private art museum, but now all four together make the Hermitage museum

Inside Catherine's Winter Palace

Inside Catherine’s Winter Palace

The Grand Staircase

The Grand Staircase

It's very opulent (just look at the this ceiling!)

It’s very opulent (just look at the this ceiling!)

Throne room

Throne room

More gold

More gold

Some of the grand rooms are used to host art exhibits now

Some of the grand rooms are used to host art exhibits now

Malachite also features prominently in the decor

Malachite also features prominently in the decor

Catherine’s Palace – outside of St Petersburg

The Gates - the Catherine Palace was taken by the Nazis during the siege of Leningrad, and was very, very badly damaged. It's been mostly restored since then.

The Gates – the Catherine Palace was taken by the Nazis during the siege of Leningrad, and was very, very badly damaged. It’s been mostly restored since then.

Many assume the palace is named for Catherine the Great, but it's actually for Catherine the 1st, Catherine the Great's grandmother-in-law. Her mother-in-law, Elizabeth razed the original palace and rebuilt it to her own taste.

Many assume the palace is named for Catherine the Great, but it’s actually for Catherine the 1st, Catherine the Great’s grandmother-in-law. Her mother-in-law, Elizabeth razed the original palace and rebuilt it to her own taste. Catherine the Great thought the decor was old-fashioned.

Opulent. Very opulent.

Opulent. Very opulent.

It was hard to capture everything, but the ceilings were especially tricky.

It was hard to capture everything, but the ceilings were especially tricky.

Gold - it's always in fashion

Gold – it’s always in fashion

the dining room

the dining room

this room is decorated in the 'roman' style

this room is decorated in the ‘roman’ style

Pink and green - very Roman

Pink and green – very Roman

One of Elizabeth's gowns

One of Elizabeth’s gowns

Servants never lived in the palace. They had their own quarters. Interestingly, the Royal Family often used these palaces for entertaining only - when they were on their own, they'd stay in much more modest surrounds.

Servants never lived in the palace. They had their own quarters. Interestingly, the Royal Family often used these palaces for entertaining only – when they were on their own, they’d stay in much more modest surrounds.

 

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