Peter The Great encouraged his subjects to reduce their use of carriages and to use boats to get around the city. The number of "palaces" - huge private homes that are now mostly converted to museums or hotels or public buildings is a testimony to the huge wealth of the nobility in days gone by. This is the Faberge Museum building, a previous palace renovated for the purpose.
Pushkin Palace June 5th 2017 Geo: 59.7156, 30.3948After a leisurely start we had an hour tour of the Faberge Museum. Then a 45 min drive to the re-named Pushkin Palace, home of the fabled Amber Room. This Summer Palace was built by Catherine I and vastly extended by her successors. Before the revolution Nicholas and Alexandra tried to shield their haemophiliac son from the public, and actually lived in the Summer Palace ... read more
Europe » Russia Founded in the 12th century, the Principality of Muscovy, was able to emerge from over 200 years of Mongol domination (13th-15th centuries) and to gradually conquer and absorb surrounding principalities. In the early 17th century, a new Romanov Dynas... ... read more