Sunday, October 12, 2014

RU-2896102, RU-3003845 & RU-2896097

With these three russian offcials, I finish today's updates.
RU-2896102, sent by Christina. 
As Russia's proud and historic capital city, most tourists are already familiar with many of the most famous landmarks within Moscow, some of them are pictured on this card, such as the Kremlin Walls and Towers, Tsar Bell and Tsar Cannon, Revolution Square, St. Basil's Cathedral, Cathedral of Christ the Saviour, Ivan the Great Bell Tower, the Seven Sisters and others. 

RU-3003845, sent by Gennadiy.
The Catherine Palace is named after Catherine I, the wife of Peter the Great, who ruled Russia for two years after her husband's death. Originally a modest two-storey building commissioned by Peter for Catherine in 1717, the Catherine Palace owes its awesome grandeur to their daughter, Empress Elizabeth, who chose Tsarskoe Selo as her chief summer residence. Starting in 1743, the building was reconstructed by four different architects, before Bartholomeo Rastrelli, Chief Architect of the Imperial Court, was instructed to completely redesign the building on a scale to rival Versailles. 
The resultant palace, completed in 1756, is nearly 1km in circumference, with elaborately decorated blue-and-white facades featuring gilded atlantes, caryatids and pilasters designed by German sculptor Johann Franz Dunker, who also worked with Rastrelli on the palace's original interiors. In Elizabeth's reign it took over 100kg of gold to decorate the palace exteriors, an excess that was deplored by Catherine the Great when she discovered the state and private funds that had been lavished on the building. - in:

RU-2896097, sent by Irina.
“Castle of Love and Deceit”, a restaurant built in medieval style in 1950, in Kislovodsk, a spa city in Stavropol Krai, Russia, in the North Caucasus region of Russia. 

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