Kolomenskoye - Postcard picture collection of buildings at Kolomenskoye - Summer Retreat of the Tzars
In 1666 or 1667, Tsar Alexei Mikhailovich ordered the construction of a fantastic wooden summer palace in Kolomenskoe, which was dubbed the "eighth wonder of the world". Regarded as a marvel of Russian carpentry, Mikhail's palace was constructed without using saws, nails or hooks. Only axes were used. Palace had 250 rooms and 3,000 mica windows in a gigantic maze of corridors, wings and private quarters. Each member of the Imperial family had their own collection of rooms, which were ornately decorated with intricately carved wooden trims and topped by bulbous domes and tent-roofed towers covered with multicolored wooden tiles and gilt edging. Kolomenskoe Village.Although Peter I spent time during his childhood here. Moscow had unhappy memories for him, and after he moved the capital to St. Petersburg, the palace fell into a state of disrepair and was consequently destroyed at the orders of Catherine later that century. Visitors can get an impression of the craftsmanship and skill involved in the construction of the palace by looking at a small scale model of it, constructed in 1867 by the carpenter D. Smirnov, and from old engravings on display in the Kolomenskoe grounds. Text Credit: http://www.tristarmedia.com/bestofrussia/kolomenskoe.html
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