Kolomenskoye is a former royal estate located several miles to the south-east of Moscow city-centre, on the ancient road leading to the town of Kolomna (hence the name). It was here that Tsar Alexei Mikhailovich built an elaborate wooden palace in the second half of the 17th century.
In the 17th century the foreigners referred to this huge maze of intricate corridors and 250 rooms, built without using saws, nails, or hooks, as 'an eighth wonder of the world". It stood only 100 years before it was dismantled. 
The interiors of the palace of Tsar Alexei Mikhailovich were recreated in the Moscow Museum-Reserve "Kolomna" in March 2010.. One of restored buildings is  the  dining room. Here ceremonial receptions and dinners in honor of distinguished guests took place as well as  meetings where the Russian autocrats greeted foreign ambassadors. 
Information about the interiors of the palace was gathered from various archives literally bit by bit. In particular, the staff of "Kolomna" studied the interior of the palace from memories of foreign ambassadors.
Photos courtesy of  Sergey Efimov



Uglich is a small town standing on the high bank of the great Russian river Volga for more than 10 centuries. The town was burnt down more than once throught its history but each time  the beautiful merchants' mansions and white stone temples appeared again and again.
 The palace of zarevich Dimitri who was its last noble owner as well as the last offspring of the Rurik dynasty is of special interest. The church of St. Dimitri on the Blood which is a museum now is located nearby.
The so-called "exiled bell" is kept there.  The carved inscription has it that this bell sounded the alarm when zarevich Dimitri was killed in 1593 and for that reason it was sent in exile from Uglich to Siberia to the town of Tobolsk.

 Uglich remained a typical medieval Russian town dominated by the wooden architecture up to the beginning of the 19 th century. The contemporary town historic centre gained a clear radial-semicircular arrangement which happened after empress Cathrine the Great approved the project to perfect its layout. Apart from the famous architectural monuments the town attracts with the expanses of the river and woodland scenery in its neighborhood. Numerous generations of the craftsmen of Uglich created a great number of articles of artistic value. Uglich is the first ancient Russian town where the Volga cruise boats land. 

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Cats are in the Hermitage of St. Petersbourg


What kinds of cats do you know? Siamese, Persian? But what about Hermitage cats? 
Oh, they are very important. The traditional March Cat Day 

St Peterburg

on March 27 is dedicated to them. Cats have become an important part to the 
Hermitage ... 

 Russian Emperor Peter the Great brought a cat out of the Netherlands and put him in his palace. Empress Elizabeth heard that a lot of good cats live in Kazan. She hated rats. She ordered to bring some cats to her palace. Later Empress Catherine the Great gave cats the job of protecting Hermitage although she preferred dogs ...
From that time cats have been protecting Hermitage from rats. During World War 2 a lot of cats have died and the city was full of rats ...
Today a few dozen cats live in Hermitage and everyone who works in the building knows each cat. Each cat has it's own passport. All cats are divided into four groups and each of them have their own territory to protect. If there are too many cats then Hermitage will give some of them away to good owners. It is not easy to become one of those owners ...
Cats are not allowed into all of the rooms. Besides a cat named Vassili. He loves when people take pictures of him. All other cats don't like it ...
In the summer cats like to go outside. They like to lay down near monuments and some even have their favorites. To prevent cats getting run over by cars there are signs that say "Warning! Watch out for cats !"...
Of course there are chemicals to fight the rats but nobody in Hermitage wants to use them. Cats are a part of history now and they will not be replaced any time soon ...
Workers in the museum say that even they are running out of names for cats. Now they name cats after gods, famous people, and even after states of the United States ...

Yusupov palace St Petersburg

Five generations of elite aristocratic dynastyYusupov were the owners of the palace on the Moika from 1830 to 1917.
The palace went down in the domestic history and how the murder scene
Grigory Rasputin - Siberian peasant who became a
beginning of XX century spiritual mentor and family friend
Emperor Nicholas II . The tragedy took place the night of 17
December 1916 on the residential half of the young Prince Felix
Now a historical- documentary exhibition.
The Yusupov Palace - one of the few aristocratic
mansions of St. Petersburg, where survived not only formal
apartments, halls of the gallery, a miniature home
theater, and luxurious living quarters of the Yusupov family,
retained the warmth and charm of the original owners.
Amazing beauty artistic interiors
reviving labor and talent of Petersburg
Restorers hospitably open to Russian and
foreign fans of history, art, music and theater.

Prince Felix Felixovich Yusupov, Count Sumarokov-Elston
(Russian: Féliks Féliksovich Yusýpov Count Sumarokov-
Elston, [1] March 23, 1887, St Petersburg, Russian
Empire - September 27, 1967, Paris, France), was best
known for participating in the murder of Grigori Rasputin,
the faith healer who was said to have influenced decisions
of Tsar Nicholas II and Tsaritsa Alexandra Feodorovna.
Felix Yusupov was never punished for this murder, well-
known at the time, and a significant part of widespread
Rasputin imagery was created by his own publications which
demonized his victim.

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