Russia As It Once Was

I’m sure you know by now that I love history and I love Russia, so therefore Russian history is one of the best things ever, in my opinion. On the Royal Russia blog, I found a lovely photo of Catherine Palace in Tsarskoye Selo. Tsarskoye Selo means “Tsar’s village” in Russian and it was the Romanovs’ summer home. If memory serves me correctly, Tsarskoye Selo is now called Pushkin though the Soviets called it Detskoye Selo (Children’s village).*

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I like this photo because it makes me think of what Tsarskoye Selo was like when the Romanovs were alive and ruling Russia. I’m not sure if they even went there in the winter (as I said, I’ve always heard of it being a summer residence), but I’d like to think they did and could see it lit up at night as in this photo.

And if you’re ever in Russia, definitely visit Catherine Palace. It’s gorgeous!

*Because, you know, the Soviets had to eradicate every mention ever of the Romanovs and tsars and all that stuff. The great irony is their tyrannical rule didn’t even last a century. The Romanovs, on the other hand, ruled Russia for over three hundred years (1613-1917). Go Romanovs! And down with the Bolsheviks!