For two centuries the Tsarskoye Selo was a grand imperial summer residence. The Tsarskoye Selo palace and park ensemble is a superb monument of world-ranking architecture and garden-and-park design dating from the eighteenth to early twentieth centuries. The compositional centre of the ensemble is the Great Tsarskoye Selo or Catherine Palace – a splendid example of the Russian Baroque. Visitors are enraptured by the sumptuous décor of the Great Hall and the Golden Enfilade of state rooms that includes the world-famous Amber Room.
|Friedrich Hartmann Barisien|
|One of the finest interiors in the palace was that of the Amber Room. Its amber decor which was the work of Andreas Schluter (1709) originally belonged to Friedrich Wilhelm I of Prussia The Russian Emperor was received there with great honour and this room was presented to him by Fredrich William as a diplomatic gift. In return of the Amber Room Peter presented Fridrich 55 guardsmen. During the II World War the Amber Room was taken away by the Nazi; after the war our restorers began making a new one. Eight tones of amber were used to make a new Amber Room.|