About the Museum
The exposition of Catherine (until 1910 - the Great Tsarskoselsky) Palace Museum covers more than 300 years of history of the outstanding monument and acquaints with the creativity of the architects who participated in its construction and decoration in the XVIII-XIX centuries, as well as with the achievements of restorers who revived the palace after Great Patriotic War. Of the 58 halls of the palace, destroyed during the war, 32 were recreated. The interiors of the Catherine Palace are no less spectacular. The so-called Golden Enfilade of state rooms, designed by Rastrelli, is particularly renowned and forms the focus of the palace tour. Guests enter via the State Staircase which, although it blends effortlessly with the rococo grandeur of Rastrelli's interiors, in fact dates from the 1860s. With its ornate banisters and reclining marble cupids, it gives a taste of what is to come. The Great Hall, also known as the Hall of Light, measures nearly 1,000 square meters, and occupies the full width of the palace so that there are superb views on either side.
(Photo: Wikimedia Commons: Florstein)