Catherine Palace –The Golden Enfilade, The compositional centre of the palace and park ensemble is the Great Tsarskoye Selo or Catherine Palace – a splendid example of the Russian Baroque style. Visitors are enraptured by the architect Bartolomeo Francesco Rastrelli's sumptuous 18th-century décor of the Great Hall and the Golden Enfilade of state rooms that includes the world-famous Amber Room now returned to life.
The Arabesque Hall is one of the most exquisite gala rooms created by Charles Cameron for Empress Catherine II at the Tsarskoye Selo Palace. The rooms suffered severely during World War II. The re-creation of the Arabesque Hall was started in 2006 to Alexander Kedrinsky’s restoration plan of 1979 based on Cameron’s drafts from the State Hermitage Museum, pre/post-war photos, and Eduard Hau’s watercolor which reflected most truly the interior and the architect’s original design.
The Allegory of Victory fragment of the Ceiling Painting: The original ceiling painting was made in 1754 by G. Valeriani, a Venetian artist, assisted by A. Peresinotti & a number of Russian artists. The painting had 3 themes: an Allegory of Russia, an Allegory of Peace & an Allegory of Victory. The paintings perished by fire during the WW II. In 1953 during restoration work, parts of the ceiling painting, the Allegory of Peace & Allegory of Victory that had been lost were found…
The Amber Room in the Catherine Palace of Tsarskoye Selo near Saint Petersburg is a complete chamber decoration of amber panels backed with gold leaf and mirrors. Created in the 18th century, it disappeared during World War II, The Amber Room was looted during World War II by Nazi Germany and brought to Königsberg. Knowledge of its whereabouts was lost in the chaos at the end of the war. And was recreated in 2003.