Tsarskoe Selo

Member Rating 4 out of 5 by akakd on November 1, 2001

Tsarskoe Selo in the town of Pushkin has as its focal point Catherine Palace & Palace Church surrounded by beautifully landscaped grounds. The origins of Catherine Palace date back to 1717 w/ Catherine I. After her death, her daughter, Elizabeth I, inherited the property & carried out extensive building. She had an inscription carved on the pediment, "To Catherine I, in eternal happy memory."

Inside the Catherine Palace is the famed "Amber Room", the amber a gift to Peter the Great from Frederick William I of Prussia in 1716. Germans carried off that original amber in WWII, however, in 1979 amber was again used to panel the room. We enjoyed strolling through the grounds to see the lake, building architecture, sculptures, fountains, etc. I especially liked the melancholy Maiden w/ the Broken Jar. Pushkin wrote of the piece in 1830: "Out of her fingers the urn must have slipped & burst on a boulder. Sorrowing there she sits, holding the useless shell. Lo! from the jagged urn the jet springs still, & the maiden over an endless flow leans in unending dismay."

Tsarskoe Selo
St. Petersburg, Russia


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