An exhibition dedicated to the journey of the would-be Empress Catherine the Great to Russia has opened in Tsarskoe Selo.
An exhibition dedicated to the arrival of the would-be Empress Catherine the Great from Zerbst to Russia has opened in the Tsarskoe Selo museum.
The display tells about the journey to Russia that 14-year-old Catherine, then known as Princess Sophie or Fike, and her mother, Johanna Elisabeth of Holstein-Gottorp, made in winter 1744. They went nearly 2,700 kilometers from Zerbst to Moscow and survived an attack of robbers and a road accident to reach the goal, Sophie’s marriage to the prospective Tsar Peter the Third of Russia.
The journey’s details, known from Catherine’s memoirs and her mother’s letters, are used as quotations on the walls together with portraits of the travelers and historical pictures of cities, events and road scenes.
Most of the things on display are objects that were used by road travelers during the era of wheeled vehicles. Those include eighteenth-century French and Russian toiletry kits, Chinese cup and kettle and a road trunk.
Video: St. Petersburg TV channel