Russian palaces are both magnificent and repugnant. They’re magnificent because of their opulence, scale and luxury. They’re repugnant because they’re a reminder of the brutal serfdom that infested the society for hundreds of years. After all, a lone palace owner couldn’t care for such homes… it required an army of virtual slaves who worked day and night all of their life so that one family could live in luxury.
Without a doubt, the famous Russian Wooden palace seen above and below is my favorite Russian palace. The design, craftsmanship and scale is second-to-none. While most palaces were constructed of brick and stone, the Wooden palace bucked the trend yet does not lack in opulence and splendor.
While some of the Russian palaces are unique, most emulate many of the palaces and manor houses built throughout Europe. One distinction though is the influence of Asian design in the architecture.
Sit back and enjoy the splendor from years ago, yet being mindful of the great suffering endured by millions of people to construct and maintain these homes. FYI – I don’t mean to single out Russian monarchs and nobility as the only oppressive system… oppression ruled the day throughout Europe and much of the world. Moreover, while we like to think we’ve come a long way since serfdom, capitalism results in its own form of economic slavery.
Rear view of the Wooden Palace in Russia.
Wooden palace of Tsar Aleksey Mikhailovic Kolomenskoye.