This palace, obviously modelled on the French version, was the home of ruling counts, then various invaders. It is now a worth-visiting museum, without the horrendous lines and crowds.
|Gate to the courtyard.|
|The stables and carriage houses|
|The inner courtyard to the palace|
|As one enters......|
|.... and puts on little slippers to keep the wood floors unscuffed....|
|.....then goes up the grand staircase.....|
|...into the grand rooms....|
|....with lots of gold and plasterwork....|
|(the marble is beautiful paintwork)|
|.....one marvels at the nice copy so far away from the original (but still closer than St. Petersburg)|
Blessed Sunday to all.