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Catherine Palace, Outside St. Petersburg, Russia

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Named
for Catherine I, the wife of Peter the Great, this way-way-over-the-top 18th-century
palace, with its distinctive blue façade, was built mostly by her spendthrift
daughter, Empress Elizabeth. While most visitors come to see the Amber Room, a
contemporary reproduction of the lavish chamber that was disassembled and
carted away by the Nazis, the airy, classically inspired wing designed by
Catherine II’s favorite architect, Charles Cameron, is much lovelier.

Tsarist
Fun:
Visit in
the winter if you want to tour the grounds on a horse-drawn sleigh.

World's Most Beautiful Buildings

Catherine Palace, Outside St. Petersburg, Russia

Named
for Catherine I, the wife of Peter the Great, this way-way-over-the-top 18th-century
palace, with its distinctive blue façade, was built mostly by her spendthrift
daughter, Empress Elizabeth. While most visitors come to see the Amber Room, a
contemporary reproduction of the lavish chamber that was disassembled and
carted away by the Nazis, the airy, classically inspired wing designed by
Catherine II’s favorite architect, Charles Cameron, is much lovelier.

Tsarist
Fun:
Visit in
the winter if you want to tour the grounds on a horse-drawn sleigh.

Hemis / Alamy

World's Most Beautiful Buildings

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