Court Church was commissioned by Elizabeth Petrovna, the Empress of Russia from 1741 until 1762. This stunning Baroque eastern wing of Peterhof Palace was dedicated to the Apostles Peter and Paul and designed by Francesco Bartolomeo Rastrelli. While senior court architect in the mid-18th century, Count Rastrelli created a dozen of Russia’s most elaborate palaces. From 1751 until 1918, the Russian emperors celebrated weddings, baptisms and holidays beneath these five gilded domes. The former chapel is now the Royal Church Museum.