The Arabesque Hall
in the Catherine Palace Opens

The Arabesque Hall in the Catherine Palace opens
Video Duration: 2 minutes 42 seconds. Language: Russian. Source: 100 HTB News

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One of the most magnificent rooms that comprised the private apartments of Catherine the Great has opened. The Arabesque Hall opened its doors after an extensive restoration. Now, for the first time mere mortals will be able to look into the inner sanctum of the most powerful woman in Russian history.

In the video you will see the Arabesque Hall depicted in a watercolor painted by Edward Hau in 1850. This is followed by a photo taken in 1944 which shows the room destroyed.

The complete reconstruction of the Arabesque Hall took restorers four years to complete. A decision was made in 2006 to follow Charles Cameronís original plans of 1781-1784.

Paul Gilbert @ Royal Russia
24 June, 2010