Anna Pavlovna of Russia

The Tsar Peter House

This little wooden house hardly inspires visions of Peter the Great but he stayed here several times. The house was built in 1632 for a labourer. It became famous in 1697 when Peter the Great came to visit to learn about Dutch shipbuilding. He insisted on staying with blacksmith and craftsman Gerrit Kist whom he [read more]

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Catherine I of Russia

Empresses of All Russia – Catherine I

The origins of the future Catherine I of Russia are rather obscure. She was probably born as Marta Helena Skowrońska on 15 April 1684. Her parents died of the plague when she was still quite young and she was raised by a pastor, in whose household she was probably a servant. She received little education and could not [read more]