The Catherine Palace is a Rococo palace located in the town of Tsarskoye Selo, 25km southeast of St. Petersburg, Russia. It was the Summer residence of the Russian tsars. Today, it is famous for its Amber Chamber, a breathtaking room completely beautified with amber panels backed with gold leaf and mirrors.
“Tea Room on Water” (1860), attributed to Felice A. Beato (1825-1908), an Italian-British photographer who was one of the first people to take photographs in East Asia, and considered one of the first photojournalists. In 1860, Beato went to China to photograph the Anglo-French military campaign in the Second Opium War. He took shots of the Summer Palace (located outside Beijing) between October 6-18, 1860, and are unique images as they were of buildings plundered, looted, and burned to the ground by the Anglo-French armies.