. During the 19th century Grand Duke Nikolai Konstantinovich, a first cousin of Alexander III of Russia was banished to Tashkent for some shady deals involving the Russian Crown Jewels. His palace still survives in the centre of the city. Once a museum, it has been appropriated by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. (Wikipedia)
Romanov Palace in Tashkent, Uzbekistan. In 1881-1917, the cousin of the Russian Tsar Nikolai II, Nikolai Constantinovich Romanov (1850-1917) was residing in Tashkent. He influenced much on development of Tashkent, built palaces and channels, developed industry, culture and architecture. Being a collector, he managed to gather a collection of rare pieces of art that he had bequeathed after the death of his mother to the Tashkent Museum of Arts.
The Chesme Church, Russia. It was built by the Russian court architect Yury Felten in 1780 at the direction of Catherine the Great, Empress of Russia. The church was the earliest Neo-Gothic construction in the St Petersburg area. Considered by some to be St Petersburg's single most impressive church, it is a rare example of very early Gothic Revival influence in Russian church architecture.
St.Petersburg’s rich history can be found as one strolls up and down every street, and inside every little shop and restaurant; within the grand walls of every awe-inspiring palace, painted in the past, and with every foot that touches upon every stage.