Signed by Asbjorn Lonvig.
Located some 12 miles (about 25 kilometers) away from St. Petersburg, the ensemble of the Catherine's Palace and Park are among Russia's top historical
recreation complexes visited by hundreds of thousands tourists every year.
In the seventeenth century there was a Finnish farm here at Dudorovsky eminence called Saari mois in Finnish language. In 1708 it became a possession of
the Russian Tsar, and the Finnish toponymy word Saari mois was transformed into Tsarskaya Mysa that sounded more Russian.
In 1708-1724 Tsarskaya Mysa was the residence of Peter the Great's wife, the Empress Catherine I. From 1741 Tsarskoye Selo became the residence of the
Empress Elizabeth and during her reign the architect Rastrelli created a magnificent Emperial Palace, a brilliant masterpiece of Russian baroque. At the same
time the Hermitage and Grotto Pavilions were built, regular Upper and Lower Gardens were laid out, and the Lower Garden was decorated with sculptures.
Later the ensemble was supplemented by the Cold Bath-house, the Agate Pavilion, the Hanging Gardens with a sloping platform, and the Cameron Gallery.