The Catherine Palace is one of Russian baroque masterpieces of the mid 18 century, this is the most beautiful country residence of the Russian Monarchs.
As large as 1000 square meters the Great Hall takes the Palace all in breadth. The Hall was used to give the most important receptions and festivals including dinners, balls and masquerades. In summer the Hall was lit with sun, sparkling at gilt during the whole day, and in the evening 696 candles were put out on each side mirrors.
Sculpture and ornamental gilded fretwork of the Hall, covering the walls was done according to the drafts of F.-B. Rastrelli and the models of the famous sculptor and decorator I. Dunker by the 130 Russian carvers. The most sumptuous are the frontal walls which bear the decor of many-figure compositions.
Events: gala dinner, cocktail.
The Great Hall: seated dinner up to 400 persons.