Kate’s Travels Continue – The Catherines’ Palaces The Hermitage – Catherine’s winter palace Actually, 2 palaces, 1 theatre, and 1 private art museum, but now all four together make the Hermitage museum Inside Catherine’s Winter Palace The Grand Staircase It’s very opulent (just look at the this ceiling!) Throne room More gold Some of the grand rooms are used to host art exhibits now Malachite also features prominently in the decor Catherine’s Palace – outside of St Petersburg The Gates – the Catherine Palace was taken by the Nazis during the siege of Leningrad, and was very, very badly damaged. It’s been mostly restored since then. Many assume the palace is named for Catherine the Great, but it’s actually for Catherine the 1st, Catherine the Great’s grandmother-in-law. Her mother-in-law, Elizabeth razed the original palace and rebuilt it to her own taste. Catherine the Great thought the decor was old-fashioned. Opulent. Very opulent. It was hard to capture everything, but the ceilings were especially tricky. Gold – it’s always in fashion the dining room this room is decorated in the ‘roman’ style Pink and green – very Roman One of Elizabeth’s gowns Servants never lived in the palace. They had their own quarters. Interestingly, the Royal Family often used these palaces for entertaining only – when they were on their own, they’d stay in much more modest surrounds.