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DK Eyewitness Top 10 Travel Guide: St Petersburg by DK Publishing

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Tsarskoe Selo

The magnificent palaces and gardens at Tsarskoe Selo were established as a country retreat by Catherine I, wife of Peter the Great. However, it was Tsarina Elizabeth who began extensive work on the estate by commissioning the lavish Catherine Palace. The imperial palace was initially created by Rastrelli, but later redesigned by the Scottish architect, Charles Cameron, at the request of Catherine the Great. The landscaped gardens, created in the late 18th century, were the first of their kind in Russia. Tsarskoe Selo suffered extensive damage during World War II and restoration work continues to this day.prac_info25 km (16 miles) W of St Petersburg ...

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