Another day in St Petersburg, another palace!
Well, actually, this one was outside St Petersburg at Pushkin, a satellite town beyond the St Petersburg periphery. En route, we stopped at the Victory Monument, a most moving memorial to those who died in the defence of the city, then called Leningrad. It was besieged by the Nazis for 900 days, and the number of people who died each day of starvation was so great that they had to be buried in mass graves. According to our tour guide, almost everyone in St Petersburg has lost someone in the war so this memorial is of great emotional significance to the people here. View pictures here, they are much better than mine.
While Leningrad/St Petersburg fought off the Nazi advance, Pushkin was occupied by the Nazis. En route to the Palace we passed a memorial to the Jews who were sent to their deaths from here. They also ransacked the Palace, which was built by Elizabeth (of the Many Dresses) in memory of her mother. It’s home to the famous Amber Room which was destroyed by the Nazis and like most of the rest of the Palace has been entirely rebuilt.
To see more of this exquisite palace, visit the Tsarskoye Selo State Museum website.