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➤Breakfast

➤Pushkin/Tsarskoye Selo: guided tour to Catherine's Palace and Amber Room

➤Group tour: Farewell dinner

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The history


Stunning Rococo palace is located 30 km south of St. Petersburg. The building was commissioned by Catherine I in 1717. Johann-Friedrich Braunstein was the architect charged with designing her summer residence. It was expanded in 1743 by Empress Anna, but later renovated in favor of a much grander version requested by Empress Elizabeth. This new structure built in the Rococo style was designed by her court architect, Bartolomeo Rastrelli. The 325-meter long palace took four years to build and was completed in 1756. Its facade was once again changed by Catherine the Great.

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It is a reconstructed chamber decorated in amber panels backed with gold leafs and mirrors. Constructed in the 18th century in Prussia, the legendary Amber Room is thought to be most valuable piece of art stolen by the Nazis during the Second World War. Before its loss, it was considered an "Eighth Wonder of the World".

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