The Palace of Reflections (July 16)

Many writers and filmmakers noted that St. Petersburg is a city of dreams and reflections.  The architects who designed the city’s palaces favored mirrors and elaborate facades behind which the royal family and their friends and enemies were hiding their numerous secrets. Today we visited one of such palaces: the palace of Catherine the Great in the town of Pushkin in the suburbs of St. Petersburg.  The most famous hall of the palace is the famous Amber Room, which Nazis stole from the palace during WW2 and which was restored by Russian and German artists for the city’s tercentenary.

Since the end of the Soviet Union the ballroom of Catherine’s Palace reflected in its mirrors such celebrities as Elton John, Whitney Houston, Sting, Bill Clinton, and George W. Bush.   After today the mirrors will also remember our reflections 🙂

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