Tuesday, October 9, 2007

Catherine's Palace at Tsarkoye Selo

Fifteen miles south of St. Petersburg is Tsarkoye Selo (Tsar's Village), sometimes also called Pushkin because the famous Russian poet studied and lived here. Catherine I commissioned a summer palace here on land given to her in 1724 by her husband, Peter the Great. The Italian architect Bartolomeo Rastrelli enlarged and renovated it on behalf of her daughter, Elizabeth !, when she inherited it in 1752.

The facade is 300 meters long, the longest palae in the world.

Sixty of these Atlas figures support the columns of the upper story.

1 comment:

Nona Parry said...

Sixty, huh? Great abs ;-)