St. Petersburg is a city that has palaces and mansions that are like Starbucks in Manila! LOL! I cannot begin to tell you how mind blowing all of these places are. We visited several and Catherine’s Palace was one of the most memorable. This palace is actually associated with 3 empresses. Catherine I, Elisabeth and Catherine II. The palace was a gift of Peter the Great to his wife Catherine. Elisabeth who was their daughter was the one who really made it “bongga” so to speak, and filled it with the most grand interiors and filled it with lots of treasures.
This is me outside Catherine's palace.
That blue and gold and white reminded me of a cake!
Divine rocks the required foot gear! LOL!
We all had to wear it to protect the floor.
Catherine II inherited that estate and made the entire area larger by adding gardens, pavilion and even a Chinese garden that was all the rage in the 18th century. As it was the end of winter, most of the gardens were still protected from the cold and there was a blanket of snow covering the grounds. This lent an air of mystery to the whole visit that made it even more visually stimulating.
Molding galore at the entrance!
This is the main entrance called the Chinese hall. Most of the Chinese vases are original and were not destroyed in the wars.
Then it turned into gold!
This is the great hall! That ceiling is hand painted. A great example of Baroque style interiors.
GOLD LEAF GALORE!
More gold! LOL!
One of the private rooms with the blue and white tiled heating stove! I thought it was Flemish at first but it's actually Russian tiles copied from the Flemish.
Vic beside the heating stove.
This is the White state dining room. It gives you an idea how they ate! SUSHYAL!!!!
Another view of the room.
This is the red room! I loved the flooring.
A gown of Catherine. She was a very curvy woman. Like a tea pot.
Here she is with the very same dress.
The portrait gallery.
My 5 year old niece would be so happy in the Green dining room. I had to stay here a bit longer and feel the sweetness.
Detail of the corner.
This is how it looked like before.
This is how it looked like when the Bolsheviks ransacked the palace and left everything raw and bare! You have to give credit to the Russian government for all the work to restore the palace. BRAVO! I wish we Filipinos get inspired by doing so.
Needless to say that this was my favorite room.
Before the restorations.
They even had clothes left by the previous occupants.
There were several portraits that just wanted me to research and learn more.
The main gate to the palace.
This visual stimulation was totally in an overdrive mode when we entered the Palace. It was as if the decorators went out of control and just went nuts with the gold leaf and the molding and the pageantry! I can only imagine how living here was like in the past? The entire castle makes the Versailles look like a poor relative’s shack! LOL! We must have taken so many photos because I just went trigger happy! Take a look at how ROYALS lived back in the day!
The SWAROVSKI Russian gang! LOL!
Nix in winter mode!
Malu in her Courrege inspired winter coat!