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The Great Hall, Catherine Palace, near Saint Petersburg, Russia.  Note the magnificent floors inlaid with precious woods. When you enter, you are given paper slippers at the door, so the floors will not be damaged.

The Great Hall, Catherine Palace, near Saint Petersburg, Russia. Note the magnificent floors inlaid with precious woods.

The Catherine Palace, completed in 1756, is nearly 1km in circumference, with elaborately decorated blue-and-white facades , designed by Rastrelli. In Elizabeth's reign it took over 100kg of gold to decorate the palace exteriors, an excess that was deplored by Catherine the Great when she discovered the state and private funds that had been lavished on the building.

Catherine Palace in Tsarskoye Selo (Pushkin), south of St Petersburg, Russia Just came from here - so massive you can't see it all. Amber room is amazing. Still on restored after WWII.

Ceiling mural in the Catherine Palace at Tsarskoye Selo, St Petersburg, Russia.

Majesty and royalty, that is the  Catherine Palace in Russia.

Photo Friday: Catherine Palace, Russia

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