Gala Parade Halls - Marble - Mountain Hall
The Mountain Hall received its name during the reign of Nicholas I when a great slide was installed in this hall which took up about half the room. In Russia slides are called ‘Mountains’ - hence the hall’s name. Prior to the installation of the slide, which effectively obscured most of the room, the Mountain Hall room was one of the loveliest rooms in the palace. Its walls were encrusted with artificial marble of exquisite color and delicate veining, which gave the room a cold, glassy luster.
The furniture was a contrast of dark woods, bright gilt and rich brocades. It dated from many eras, beginning with the reign of Catherine the Great and ending with the reign of Nicholas II. The Mountain Hall was full of treasures; pier tables were covered with delicate porcelain and rare, neo-classical objets d’art produced at Great Catherine’s orders.