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Tsarskoye Selo (meaning "Tsar's Village") was the town containing a former Russian residence of the imperial family and visiting nobility, located 24 kilometers south from the center of Saint Petersburg. It is now part of the town of Pushkin.

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The Catherine Palace is a Rococo palace located in the town of Tsarskoye Selo (Pushkin), 25 km south-east of St. Petersburg, Russia. It was the summer residence of the Russian tsars.

The residence originated in 1717, when Catherine I of Russia engaged the German architect Johann-Friedrich Braunstein to construct a summer palace for her pleasure.

Empress Elizabeth found the residence outdated and incommodious and in May 1752 asked her court architect Bartolomeo Rastrelli to demolish the old structure and replace it with a much grander edifice in a flamboyant Rococo style.

Construction lasted for four years, and on 30 July 1756 the architect presented the 325-meter-long rococo palace to Empress Elizabeth. And she liked it.

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This picture shows a close up of the towers of the Palace Chapel.

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