Catherine’s Summer Palace is located 20 kilometers to the south of St. Petersburg. It was built as a summer residence for Peter the Great’s 2nd wife, Catherine the 1st in the early 18th century. Later used by Catherine the Great as her favorite Summer Palace the 34 years of her reign (1762-1796); later by different members of the Russian Royal Family. After the Revolution, it was turned into a museum in 1918.

The Palace was destroyed during WWII and rebuilt in Soviet time in the original style.

Before WWII the Palace had the famous Amber Room, which was a gift of Fredrick Wichelm of Prussia to Peter the Great, the original Amber Room was lost during WWII, recreated later by Russian restorers and reopened in 2003.


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