DID YOU KNOW...
Source: Treasures of the Czars education guide
- Women of the 17th Century czarist court were not allowed to see strangers and
were secluded in the terem, a palace for noblewomen within the Kremlin. There
they attended religious services, embroidered and ate. The full, rounded figure
was much admired.
- Royal children learned from "fun" books, colorful encyclopedias illustrated
by the most talented Kremlin artists.
- Under Alexei Mikhailovich, the second Romanov czar, the accidental omission
of even a single word of the czar's lengthy titles could reap severe
- Peter the Great was almost 7 feet tall at a time when most people were
considerably shorter than they are today.
- Piotr Alexeivich (Peter the Great) not only visited the West, he worked in
it. Traveling incognito, he spent several months laboring in Dutch and English
- The Russian Orthodox Church is 1,006 years old. The Russian word for peasant,
krestyanin, means "a Christian."
- The word "icon" comes from the Greek eikon, meaning "an image." Orthodox
icons were created for prayer and the artist was expected to be a Christian of
high moral principle who prepared for his work by fasting and praying.
- Salt was rare in ancient time, and its importance was reflected in the bread
and salt ceremony, when visiting emperors were presented a loaf of bread and a
container of salt. The folk custom is still practiced today.
- After he peacefully freed 20-million serfs in 1861, Alexander II became known
as the "Czar Emancipator." Jan. 1, 1863, Abraham Lincoln freed 200,000 slaves
with his signing of the Emancipation Proclamation.
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