lundi 7 janvier 2013


The Tsar's Palace

Formerly located 10 km to the south of the city, this parc is now part of the city centre (this gives you an idea of how far the city has increased in size, which it continues each year).

Here are some interesting facts:

Kolomenskoye was created around 1240 when the inhabitants of Kolomna, seeking refuge from the Tatar-Mongol invaders, settled here.

Ivan IV the Terrible (1530-1584) lived here as a child, and later with his first wife Anastasia.

The young tsar Peter the Great was taken here during the riot of 1682. Later, he returned several times (during his visits to Moscow, the capital city having been moved from Moscow to Saint Petersburg). The palace was neglected as the tsars left it and the old wooden structure became unsafe for living, which led Catherine II to order its destruction in 1769. What we see today is a reconstruction.

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