The Russian Empire’s 6 most important Imperial residences

The Imperial Winter Palace

The Imperial Russian monarchy, far from residing in one singular dwelling, lived in a variety of locations in accordance with each Emperor’s or Empress’ tastes and preferences. The Tsars also commissioned for new palaces to be built for themselves, as well as using those of their predecessors. Here are 6 of the palaces that were… Continue reading

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Russian figure skaters to watch next season

figure skating

In St. Petersburg, we are already more than halfway through the summer, which means that the time of fancy boat parties is slowly coming to an end. However, before we brace ourselves for autumn with its cold rain and ever shorter days, we should remember our prospects are not all grey and gloomy.  For one,… Continue reading

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Pavlovsky Posad Shawls – Two Hundred Years of Excellence

Girl in Pavlovsky Posad scarf

Pavlovsky Posad is a 223-year-old tradition of Russian excellence. Started in 1795 by Ivan Labzin, a peasant farmer from Pavlova village outside of Moscow. it’s now an empire of a symbolic Russian accessory and souvenir. Labzin first ‘hired’ a handful of volunteers to work with him in a small workshop producing silk shawls and woven… Continue reading

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Ancient Greece and the Russian-speaking world

Ancient Greece helmet

Thousands of years ago on the coasts of the Black Sea, the wanderers of the great Sea of Grass met the masters of the Mediterranean. This encounter between Ancient Greece and the ancestors of the Russian-speaking world would be marked by commerce, cultural exchange and war. I will give you a short overview of what culture… Continue reading

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7 Slavic Gods of Kievan Rus

7 Slavic Gods of Kievan Rus

Before Vladimir of Kiev accepted Christianity and baptized all of Kievan Rus, he was a pagan. When he came to power in 978, he built a temple dedicated to 6 of his favorite Slavic gods in order to connect himself and the gods in the minds of his people. We only know about 7 of… Continue reading

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