Pictured is the grand staircase of the Catherine Palace in 1944 as it was found by Soviet Forces after the retreat of the Nazi occupiers. Today it has been restored, as has much of the immense Catherine Palace.
Tsarskoe Selo: a village outside of St. Petersburg that the Romanov Tsars and Empresses loved to call home, containing amongst its buildings the Catherine and Alexander Palaces. IMAGE: Catherine Palace, Tsarskoye Selo, Russia
THE ROMANOVS PALACES ~ Izmailovo is a family residence of the Romanovs. Tsar Alexei (the 2nd monarch from the Romanovs dynasty) enjoyed gardening. During his reign Izmailovo was decorated by four famous gardens, as Grape, Prosyana, Amusing and the Island. Alexey and his son, Tsar Fedor (Peter I's brother) built a lot here. In the 1670s their care brought to Izmailovo a huge five-domed St. Basil's Cathedral, richly decorated with tiles. Interesting, there are two Kremlins in Moscow