Photographer's Note

This is probably an image a lot of people have seen on postcards from St. Petersburg. It is part of the facade of the baroque Catherine Palace which can be found in the village of Pushkin 25 km south of St. Petersburg. The palace was built under empresses Elizabeth and Catherine the Great between 1744 and 1796 and was named after Elizabeth's mother, Peter the Great's second wife. During the Second World War it was occupied by the Germans for almost three years, and the famous amber chamber was dismantled and disappeared. After the war the palace was more or less in ruins. Today, everything has been rebuilt and restored, and the palace and its gardens have as much to offer to the visitor as similar palaces elsewhere. And the amber room is a gem.
I caught this as we came out in the late afternoon and a storm was brewing. I belive the sun disappeared for the day five minutes later.

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Additional Photos by Per Hoj (hojper) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 558 W: 123 N: 863] (2832)
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