Agate Rooms: 1st stage of restoration completed, 29.12.2011
Commenced in 2010 thanks to the trilateral cooperation agreement between Tsarskoye Selo, Russian Railways and TransSoyuz Charitable Foundation, the first stage of comprehensive restoration works in Catherine II's favourite Agate Rooms is completed.
The Agate Cabinet and the Library, two of the interiors created by Charles Cameron, have been returned their unique eighteenth-century look. The five remaining rooms to undergo restoration before September 2013 are the Staircase, the Large Hall and the Jasper, Oval and Little Cabinets.
The ongoing restoration, as well as the history of the Cold Bath pavilion that houses the Agate Rooms on its second floor, is covered by the exhibition Agate Rooms: On the Way to Revival on the first floor of the pavilion. Our visitors will see a collection of the exquisite art objects that surrounded the Empress at her beloved place of retreat from state affairs. An integral part of the exhibit is our Children’s Creative Center where multimedia technologies help you learn more about the jasper mineral that is so richly used in the décor of the Agate Rooms.