DELFT PORCELAIN HEATING STOVES~ Catherine Palace, Tsarskoye Selo, Russia. At the time, Delft porcelain was worth its weight in gold, and considered a precious material.

DELFT PORCELAIN HEATING STOVES~ Catherine Palace, Tsarskoye Selo, Russia. At the time, Delft porcelain was worth its weight in gold, and considered a precious material.

The CATHERINE PALACE St Petersburg Russia ~ Although the palace is popularly associated with Catherine II ("The Great"), she actually regarded its "whipped cream" architecture as old-fashioned. It was originally built in 1717 for Catherine I, the 2nd wife of Peter The Great, as her summer palace.

The CATHERINE PALACE St Petersburg Russia ~ Although the palace is popularly associated with Catherine II ("The Great"), she actually regarded its "whipped cream" architecture as old-fashioned. It was originally built in 1717 for Catherine I, the 2nd wife of Peter The Great, as her summer palace.

The golden domes of Peterhof Palace ~ Saint Petersburg, Russia

The golden domes of Peterhof Palace ~ Saint Petersburg, Russia

The Amber Room. Catherine Palace, Tsarskoe Selo, Russia.

The Amber Room. Catherine Palace, Tsarskoe Selo, Russia.

russian Matryoshkas russische Matroschkas русские матрешки

russian Matryoshkas russische Matroschkas русские матрешки

THE ROMANOVS RESIDENCES ~ Amber Room of the residence of Empress Catherine II in Pushkin Tsarskoye Selo, the 18th century

THE ROMANOVS RESIDENCES ~ Amber Room of the residence of Empress Catherine II in Pushkin Tsarskoye Selo, the 18th century

Grand Peterhof Palace-The ballroom

Grand Peterhof Palace-The ballroom

Peterhof Palace St. Petersburg, Russia

Peterhof Palace St. Petersburg, Russia

The amber room, Catherine's palace, Russia

The amber room, Catherine's palace, Russia

Russia, St. Petersburg, Peterhof, Grand Palace

Russia, St. Petersburg, Peterhof, Grand Palace

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