We had just seen Catherines palace, and then we went to Pushkin, which was another palace that was bombed in the war, but was told was completely restored. I think it is hard for Pushkin to play second chair to Catherines, but it was a very nice place to visit. Im a history buff and really was taken by all the photos of the palace when it was lying in ruins from the war.
The restoration was admirable and they should be commended, but it left me with questions about the quality of workmanship. I guess it was impossible to re-create the incredible details of the original work, which can be seen in areas that were not harmed.Still, the task of re-creating a culture decades later must have felt unsurmountable.
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