The Great Hall, Catherine Palace, near Saint Petersburg, Russia. Note the magnificent floors inlaid with precious woods. When you enter, you are given paper slippers at the door, so the floors will not be damaged.
Tsarskoe Selo (Pushkin) ,15 miles south of Saint Petersburg,Russia. These are the beautiful gates to the immense parade ground forecourt of the Catherine Palace. The gates are original mid-eighteenth century, having survived the ravages of the Nazi occupation.