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.
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Empress Elizabeth found the residence outdated and incommodious and in May 1752 asked her court architect Bartolomeo Rastrelli to demolish the old structure and replace it with a much grander edifice in a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.
This picture shows a close up of the towers of the Palace Chapel.
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cargus (10091) 2013-04-28 11:23
Interesting and beautiful architectural details, well played in your picture ,sharpness , exposure and natural colors are excellent!...well done.!!
ACL1978 (7511) 2013-04-28 18:11
Outstanding shine and light here, Benny. The gold domes are gorgeously polished, like new, and the crosses catch the sun just perfectly - did you have to hunt for the right spot for this one?
Wonderful detail, perfectly recorded.
JFS (32459) 2013-04-28 22:35
Another magnificent shot of this amazin building, i love it! Thanks for sharing!
mjw364 (838) 2013-04-29 0:53
I meant to comment yesterday but I ran out of Smilies!I like the contrast between the deep blue sky and the colours of the building. The positioning of the building in the frame is crucial here because the lower half is slightly off centre and that helps create a kind of abstract aspect, or at least a tension between the building and the negative space that surrounds it. The square crop is essential to this effect too. Like it.
abmdsudi (52431) 2013-05-03 9:16
You strike the jackpot here! I am struck by the poignancy of this shot and all the adjectives are out... and needless to comment much.
Gem of this beauty speaks itseft through our logical mind!
Have a great day, My compliments
- Copyright: Benny Verbercht (BennyV) (16391)
- Genre: Places
- Medium: Color
- Date Taken: 2013-04-03
- Categories: Architecture
- Camera: Nikon D40
- Exposure: f/5.6, 1/1600 seconds
- Photo Version: Original Version
- Theme(s): squares for malevich [view contributor(s)]
- Date Submitted: 2013-04-28 10:07