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Russia (Part II): St. Petersburg, the palaces

Peterhof: The opulence, art and culture of Europe enamored Peter I. He built the palaces at Peterhof to rival the French Versailles. After Peter’s death, his daughter, the Empress Elizabeth greatly expanded the palace and the gardens. The gardens are…

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Russia (Part I): St. Petersburg’s Cathedrals

Sts. Peter and Paul Fortress and Cathedral Peter the Great ruled Russia from 1672 until his death, 1725. Peter realized that for Russia to become a great power, it needed a shipping outlet. At the time, Sweden had the most…

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