keskiviikko 18. huhtikuuta 2018

R is for Romanov

 Emperor Peter the Great -  the founder of Saint Petersburg
Portrait by Paul Delaroche, 1838

Pyotr Alexeyevich, Peter the Great, Pietari Suuri
born on May 30. 1672
tsar from April 2. 1682,
 first emperor of Russia from October 22. 1721 
died on January 28. 1725

The Hermitage
 The Wax Effigy of Peter the Great
Sculptor: Rastrelli, Bartolomeo Carlo. 1675-1744

travel time 10 days
distance travelled 1,148 km
sent by Elena in Moscow

Emperor Nicholas II or Nikolai II, Saint Nicholas II of Russia in the Russian Orthodox Church was the last Emperor of Russia. His reign saw the fall of the Russian Empire from one of the foremost great powers of the world to economic and military collapse. Soviet historians portray Nicholas as a weak and incompetent leader whose decisions ed to military defeats and the deaths of millions of his subjects.

Born 18 May 1868 Alexander Palace, Tsarskoye Selo, Saint Petersburg, Russian Empire. Shot to death 17 July 1918 (aged 50)  Yekaterinburg, Russia. Burial 17 July 1998

Portrait by V.Serov. 1900

travel time 8 days
distance travelled 3,416 km
sent by Anna Torremolinos, Spain

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