During 1 June to 30 September 2019 the German town of Zerbst, where the young Catherine the Great lived, will host a photo exhibition of historic and modern views of Tsarskoe Selo.
An agreement on the exhibition titled In Catherine’s Steps has been signed by Director Olga V. Taratynova of Tsarskoe Selo and Chairman Dirk Herrmann of Zerbst Castle Restoration Trust (see pictures above, click to enlarge).
The display will consist of 26 images paired as 13 old and current views. The old ones will include reproductions of eighteenth-nineteenth century engravings, such as Alexey Grekov and Mikhail Mahaev’s Hermitage at Tsarskoe Selo of 1759 (see above, click to enlarge), Johann Meyer’s View of Cameron Gallery at Tsarskoe Selo of 1793, and Alexander Zaharov’s gouache View of Island on Great Lake at Tsarskoe Selo of post-1771 (see below, click to enlarge).
Significantly destroyed during the Second World War, the 1681 founded Zerbst Castle was a childhood home of Catherine, Princess Sophie of Anhalt-Zerbst, before she was chosen to marry the heir of the Russian Imperial throne in 1744. Members of Zerbst Castle Restoration Trust have been working on restoration of the surviving East Wing of the baroque castle since 2003. Thanks to their efforts, the building can now host exhibitions, concerts and other cultural events.
The towns of Zerbst and Pushkin (Tsarskoe Selo) concluded a partnership agreement in 1994. A monument to Catherine II was installed in the Zerbst Castle’s park in 2010.