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.
The St. Petersburg Doll Museum on Vassilievsky Island, alongside the Smolenka river, is a cozy museum that holds a permanent
as well as temporary exhibitions of dolls, puppets and children's toys. There is a small workshop where you can ...
Peter the Great desired that all Christians, regardless of denomination, were able to worship in a church of their own
faith. Hence, the Church of St. Catherine was established in 1716 and it is now not only the largest ...
This church is an impressive sight when seen from Nevskii Prospekt jutting out onto Kanal Griboedova. It has numerous stunning
cupolas in the "Russian" manner, some of which are multi colored or constructed like from geometric patterns. It is ...
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