The palace is a venue for school trips, of course, and all these palace pictures were taken by my son. The building is fantastic inside - full of 17th century artefacts and reconstructions: icons, weapons, furniture etc., and there are actors in period costume there who guide visitors around. Unfortunately, because of the dim lighting inside, the pictures that he took are not of good quality. The one below is of the reconstructed throne room, which was brighter than the other rooms because the sun was shining through the mica windows. Fortunately for the re-constructors, they had very many detailed plans and drawings of the original palace and an architect's wooden model of the building that was made at the time of its construction still exists, so apart from having to follow modern building safety regulations (and also their having installed a well disguised modern central heating and air-conditioning system), the reconstruction was undertaken using as far as possible the building methods that were originally used 400 years ago. There is electric lighting, of course, but it's very dim and minimal, and there is a fire extinguishing system installed as the place is, understandably, one huge fire-hazard: even from a good distance away you can smell the pine resin smell wafting from the palace as you approach it. And smoking is, of course, strictly forbidden both within the building and also in its vicinity.