Since a few years Amsterdam has a new museum called the "Hermitage" which is linked to the famous Russian Hermitage in St. Petersburg. You can see the big building here behind the bridge, which used to be an eldery home for the poor and later a nursing home. It gives us the opportunity to see many beautiful exhibitions about Russian treasures. We have seen one about the last Tsar Nicolas and now there is a very interesting exhibition about Tsar Peter the Great (1672-1725).
Tsar Peter the Great became a tsar when he was 17 years old and was an unconvential, inspired and inquisitive man who wanted to modernize Russia. He was an enthusiastic traveller who made two visits to Western Europe, including the Dutch Republic. It was the city Amsterdam, in particular, that insprired him to found his new capital St. Petersburg. He even lived here for quite some time to learn for carpenter and how to built boats! I saw all kind of instruments he had used and made.
Hubby SC of sccollections was inspired by Peter the Great and tried his costume!