*Rococo Revisited
Oranienbaum (sometimes known as Lomonosov, its name after WWII, to emphasize its relationship with Russia rather than Germany), was built in Peter the Great’s time by Prince Menshikov, who sought to one-up his Emperor by building a palace to rival Peterhof. Though Prince Menshikov built Oranienbaum, it wasn’t long before he was carted off to Siberia and his enormous estate passed into government hands. Used for a hospital for a short while, Oranienbaum was then used by Tsar Peter III and Catherine, his wife, who wasn’t “the Great” yet. Catherine was miserable at Oranienbaum, and rather than face a life of torment with her childlike husband or imprisonment in a nunnery, she staged her famous coup, enlisting Count Orlov to help her dispose of Peter. 

Oranienbaum (sometimes known as Lomonosov, its name after WWII, to emphasize its relationship with Russia rather than Germany), was built in Peter the Great’s time by Prince Menshikov, who sought to one-up his Emperor by building a palace to rival Peterhof. Though Prince Menshikov built Oranienbaum, it wasn’t long before he was carted off to Siberia and his enormous estate passed into government hands. Used for a hospital for a short while, Oranienbaum was then used by Tsar Peter III and Catherine, his wife, who wasn’t “the Great” yet. Catherine was miserable at Oranienbaum, and rather than face a life of torment with her childlike husband or imprisonment in a nunnery, she staged her famous coup, enlisting Count Orlov to help her dispose of Peter. 

  1. mylllovelybones reblogged this from daysinmyparadise
  2. alx-v-tmblr reblogged this from alivetotellthetail
  3. alivetotellthetail reblogged this from a-l-ancien-regime
  4. sunsetstudies reblogged this from a-l-ancien-regime
  5. newcity-lights reblogged this from a-l-ancien-regime and added:
    Oranienbaum (sometimes known as Lomonosov, its name after WWII, to emphasize its relationship with Russia rather than...
  6. diana255 reblogged this from a-l-ancien-regime
  7. amaranthinefauna reblogged this from my-main-blog-is-xen-dance
  8. my-main-blog-is-xen-dance reblogged this from floralplasm
  9. ndolla reblogged this from chrssy
  10. topherfy reblogged this from chrssy
  11. gypsyspice reblogged this from bco
  12. scarredlips reblogged this from chrssy
  13. bco reblogged this from chrssy
  14. chrssy reblogged this from topherfy
  15. kurenaitatsu reblogged this from gisteren
  16. gisteren reblogged this from yamasks
  17. yamasks reblogged this from virosus
  18. virosus reblogged this from parajuku
  19. vietnamyouth reblogged this from mindcontrolslave
  20. britneyhitme reblogged this from c-u-p-i-d-b-o-y
  21. juicynationlc reblogged this from h0liday-season
  22. whitepontiac reblogged this from parajuku
  23. notoriousrebelchild reblogged this from mindcontrolslave
  24. lunarhuman reblogged this from mindcontrolslave
  25. driby reblogged this from mindcontrolslave
  26. buildingsandstuffiguess reblogged this from floralplasm
  27. wepreyasgh0uls reblogged this from parajuku
  28. bigdicksandhockeysticks reblogged this from paradis3ddie
  29. weekendwarriior reblogged this from culture-maigre
  30. c-u-p-i-d-b-o-y reblogged this from mindcontrolslave
  31. paradis3ddie reblogged this from mindcontrolslave
  32. culture-maigre reblogged this from parajuku
  33. bun-e reblogged this from mindcontrolslave