The Catherine Palace is named after Catherine I, the wife of Peter the Great, who ruled Russia for two years after her husband's death. Her daughter, Empress Elizabeth, chose Tsarskoe Selo as her summer residence. The light-blue colored palace looks like a fairy tale palace. The whole palace is covered with gold, both the exterior and the interiors. Inside the palace, there are a lot of beautiful rooms, equipped with furniture and the ceilings covered in paintings. Some of the paintings were of the Russian monarchs and in one of the rooms, there was a statue of Catherine the Great herself.
The biggest room of the palace is The Great Hall, also known as the Hall of Light, a ballroom with a floor area of over 800 square metres. The name comes from the light coming from the large windows, which illuminate the stucco-covered walls and the fresco covering the whole ceiling. The palace has a nice souvenir store and a café. A walk in the Catherine park, the garden of the palace park is a must, as it looks like a copy of the Versailles.
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