Over 32 types of marble were used to create the interior and exterior of this unique stone residence designed by architect ... More
Over 32 types of marble were used to create the interior and exterior of this unique stone residence designed by architect Antonio Rinaldi and built between 1768 and 1785. The palace was one of many gifts bestowed by Catherine the Great on her long-term lover Grigory Orlov. Unfortunately for him he died before the building's completion. It later became home to a range of Grand Dukes, one of whom was the popular Silver Age poet, Grand Duke Konstantin Konstantinovich Romanov. In 1937 the palace became the official branch of Moscow's Central Lenin Museum and exhibits in over 34 rooms were devoted to the life of the Communist leader. Today the palace is part of the State Russian Museum , and an exhibition "Foreign Artists in Russia" is on permanent display.
Of all St. Petersburg's attractions, the country estate of Peterhof is perhaps the place that inspires the greatest pride among
the city's population. Extravagant and bombastic in parts, elegant and relaxed in others, Peterhof's palace and grounds are a ...
While eyes are naturally drawn to the splendorous St Isaac's Cathedral across the square of the same name, the less
noticeable Mariinskii Palace is nonetheless of some interest. Designed by a German in 1839 1844, the palace was ordered ...
The 'Venice of the North', with its numerous canals and more than 400 bridges, is the result of a vast
urban project begun in 1703 under Peter the Great. Later known as Leningrad (in the former USSR), the city ...
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