Tsarskoye Selo

In 1708, Peter the Great gave the estate to his wife, the future Empress Catherine I, as a present. She founded the Blagoveschensky (Annunciation) church there in 1724, and changed the name of the settlement to Blagoveschenskoye, but this did not stand the test of time and quickly went out of use.
It was Catherine I who started to develop the place as a royal country residence. Her daughter, Empress Elizabeth and her architect Bartolomeo Rastrelli were largely responsible for the building of the Catherine Palace. Later Empress Catherine II of Russia and her architect Charles Cameron extended the palace building that is now known as the Cameron Gallery. Currently, there are two imperial palaces: the baroque Catherine Palace with the adjacent Catherine Park and the neoclassical Alexander Palace with the adjacent Alexander Park. [photo credit]

As i promised i just uploaded the second part of my One Piece coloring time lapse video! This part cover the shadows and i’m really hoping you are gonna like it! -> https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Vzfq9rpw9YA
Thanks to Marco Rastrelli (frequency91179.blogspot.it/) for the editing!

La mia giovinezza non fu che un tenebroso uragano,
attraversato qua e là da brillanti soli; il tuono e la pioggia
hanno fatto tale scempio, che restano nel mio giardino
ben pochi frutti vermigli.
Ecco che ho toccato l'autunno de le idee e bisogna
adoperare la pala ed i rastrelli per riassodare le terre
inondate, dove l'acqua scava de le buche grandi come
E chi sa se i novelli fiori ch'io sogno troveranno in
questo suolo lavato come una spiaggia il mistico alimento
che darebbe loro vigore?
O dolore! o dolore! Il Tempo divora la vita, e l'oscuro
Nemico che ci rode il cuore cresce e si fortifica col sangue
che perdiamo!
—  Charles Baudelaire

The Catherine Palace (Russian: Екатерининский дворец) is a Rococo palace located in the town of Tsarskoye Selo (Pushkin), 25 km southeast of St. Petersburg, Russia. It was the summer residence of the Russian tsars.

The residence originated in 1717, when Catherine I of Russia hired German architect Johann-Friedrich Braunstein to construct a summer palace for her pleasure. In 1733, Empress Elizabeth commissioned Mikhail Zemtsov and Andrei Kvasov to expand the Catherine Palace. Empress Elizabeth, however, found her mother’s residence outdated and incommodious and in May 1752 asked her court architect Bartolomeo Rastrelli to demolish the old structure and replace it with a much grander edifice in a flamboyant Rococo style. Construction lasted for four years, and on 30 July 1756 the architect presented the brand-new 325-meter-long palace to the Empress, her dazed courtiers, and stupefied foreign ambassadors.

Photo shows one of the dining halls at the Catherine Palace.

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