Kate’s Travels Continue – The Catherines’ Palaces

The Escapades

The Hermitage – Catherine’s winter palace

Actually, 2 palaces, 1 theatre, and 1 private art museum, but now all four together make the Hermitage museum Actually, 2 palaces, 1 theatre, and 1 private art museum, but now all four together make the Hermitage museum

Inside Catherine's Winter Palace Inside Catherine’s Winter Palace

The Grand Staircase The Grand Staircase

It's very opulent (just look at the this ceiling!) It’s very opulent (just look at the this ceiling!)

Throne room Throne room

More gold More gold

Some of the grand rooms are used to host art exhibits now Some of the grand rooms are used to host art exhibits now

Malachite also features prominently in the decor Malachite also features prominently in the decor

Catherine’s Palace – outside of St Petersburg

The Gates - the Catherine Palace was taken by the Nazis during the siege of Leningrad, and was very, very badly damaged. It's been mostly restored since then. The Gates – the Catherine Palace was taken by the Nazis during the siege of Leningrad, and was very, very badly damaged. It’s been mostly restored since then.

Many assume the palace is named for Catherine the Great, but it's actually for Catherine the 1st, Catherine the Great's grandmother-in-law. Her mother-in-law, Elizabeth razed the original palace and rebuilt it to her own taste. Many assume the palace is named for Catherine the Great, but it’s actually for Catherine the 1st, Catherine the Great’s grandmother-in-law. Her mother-in-law, Elizabeth razed the original palace and rebuilt it to her own taste. Catherine the Great thought the decor was old-fashioned.

Opulent. Very opulent. Opulent. Very opulent.

It was hard to capture everything, but the ceilings were especially tricky. It was hard to capture…

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