The CATHERINE PALACE St Petersburg Russia ~ Although the palace is popularly associated with Catherine II ("The Great"), It was originally built in 1717 for Catherine I, the wife of Peter The Great, as her summer palace.
The balroom of the Catherine Palace, Tsarskoe Selo, Russia. Designed by Italian Architect Francesco Bartolomeo Rastrelli - Court Architect to Empress Elizabeth and master of the Russian Rococo/Late Baroque style.
(stolen - p.) The Amber Room, Catherine Palace, Russia consisted of thousands of panels of Baltic Amber set with diamonds and other presious gems backed with gold. The panels were stolen by the Nazis in and to this day have never been found