Tuesday, December 29, 2009

Picture post -- Tsaritsino 2 (Interiors)

Fun fact: Tsaritsino used to be a village called Black Mud. It was renamed by an imperial decree, because Catherine the Great sure as hell wasn't putting that on her return address labels. ("Tsaritsino" is derived from "tsaritsa", the female form of "tsar").

Here we have a few interiors of the palace. The first photo shows some of the original brickwork, and the rest are various staircases and halls. It's a diverse and beautiful space; sadly, we couldn't go to the Golden Hall (the main ballroom of the palace) because they were hosting a children's New Year-themed matinee there. Well, can't begrudge them that.

In addition to all the historical fun, there was also an exhibit of Roman Antonov's paintings. The exhibit was themed around kindness. I adore his cats and rabbits. Well, see for yourself:

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