Wednesday, April 1, 2015

A is for the Armoury Chamber Museum, Moscow, Russia

   

Welcome to my 2014 travel adventure.  This is the first of my A to Z posts covering my trip to Russia, Finland, and Estonia.  Also, at the end of each regular post, there will be a bonus about a Tolkien character or place.  And we are off...


A is for the Armoury Chamber Museum.  Located in the Kremlin on Moscow, Russia, it was built between 1844 and 1851.  The architecture is just incredible, situated as it is next to the Grand Kremlin Palace.

Armoury above with Palace below:

One can visit the Armoury and see ornate royal carriages, ball gowns of the czarinas, and Faberge eggs. Having had been fortunate enough to have already seen two exhibitions of Faberge Eggs in America, I was thrilled to see those in the Russian collection.  This is one of the buildings where photography was not allowed.  You can view some of the treasures here.

Here is an egg that was in the collection I saw several years ago.  It is the Imperial Peter the Great Egg from 1903 and is in the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts.  I learned at one of the exhibits I attended that the Faberge eggs in the hands of private US and other foreign citizens are a result of Lenin selling them off to pay bills after the Revolution.  Maybe that is where the Detroiters who wanted to sell the DIA art got the idea.



Tolkien Bonus:  A is for Aragorn II, the heir of Isildur.  After the defeat of Sauron in the War of the Rings, he became the King of the Reunited Kingdom.  He married Arwen, daughter of Elrond.


40 comments:

  1. That building is so beautiful with all the details outside. I love the Faberge Eggs and so did my mom. She created Faberge style eggs but without the precious jewels and gold. I have never seen any except in books so you are lucky to have seen them. I love LOTR and my heart went pitter patter for Viggo as Aragorn

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    1. I hope you enjoy the bonuses as much as the trip. I can barely dye good looking eggs, let alone create anything that looks good, unless it's egg salad.

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  2. What a beautiful building! I would think it is really spectacular in person, with the sun shining and it shining.
    Life & Faith in Caneyhead
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    1. Beautiful is right. And nothing like what I expected to see in the Kremlin.

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  3. And we're off! Magnificent way to begin the series, Denise.

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    1. Thanks. I really wish I were 'off' again on the trip. Loved it and this is such a great way to relive it. Better than having folks sit in my house and look at endless slides like the old days, the 60's and 70's.

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  4. I've always loved the Faberge eggs, they're so intricate!

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    1. Thanks for stopping by. They sell all sorts of 'Faberge' souvenirs in the Russian markets. I resisted the temptation.

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  6. That Faberge is gorgeous! Who wouldn't love to see that?

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  7. Lovely building, have seen pictures of it before and always admired it. I am a devotee of Fabergé eggs.They have one at Middleton Place in South Carolina and one year we were lucky enough to catch an exhibition they were hosting. Also they sell miniature eggs actually made by Fabergé (not himself of course) and I have two of them although they are not as precious as the big ones. I don't remember that scene in LOTR. I guess I should watch the movies again.

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    1. Funny you should say that because I was thinking of sitting down and watching all the movies again. I still have to view part 3 of the Hobbit. Too busy blogging, lol.

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  8. Travel AND Tolkien - now there's a bonus!

    Jemima

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  9. Now that is one expensive looking egg. And bonus points for Aragorn. :)

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    1. Thanks for the bonus points. Can't imagine what these real eggs cost.

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  10. Lovely pics.. looking forward to many more travelling pics and info! :) Cheers!

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  11. Love this music and the films and the books! And how great to get to go on your "tour" with you! Thanks for dropping by and commenting on my blog! I'll be back! Lisa, co-host AtoZ 2015, @ lisabuiecollard.com

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    1. Thanks for stopping. Just hope I can keep up with reading everyone's blog posts.

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  12. I was attracted to you blog on the A to Z home page because of the reassuring blog title! I'm working on life after the menopause at the moment but knowing there's life after retirement has cheered me up no end:D Beautiful Faberge egg. Almost as good as a chocolate one!

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    1. Life after retirement is very rewarding. I get to travel and now I get to baby-sit my grandson just because I choose to.

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  13. Can't go wrong with Lord of the Rings and wow, that is quite the building indeed. Like to have one of those eggs, sell it and be set for life lol

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    1. Here's hoping you enjoy the rest of A to Z. Thanks for stopping by.

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  14. Great structure and reference to Strider... Great start, all the luck on all the letters!

    Welcome in the "A"... as a host I am stopping by to say thank you!
    Jeremy [Retro]
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  15. That's a beautiful building, though of course I'm biased, as a passionate Russophile of over 22 years. I've also been a passionate Estophile for about 15 years, so I'll be looking forward to the rest of your posts.

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    1. There are so many beautiful building s in Russia. Hope you enjoy the trip with me. Thanks for stopping by.

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  16. Denise
    I remember your A to Z posts from last year! They were wonderful and I enjoyed this one today as well!
    Have a great A to Z experience this month!
    Jim

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    1. Hope you stop by and see some more of my trip. Thanks.

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  17. Beautiful building. It's lovely, though I guess I have a penchant for white/gold/yellow combos. They're just so nice to look at for long periods of time.

    Great first post!

    Alex Hurst, A Fantasy Author in Kyoto
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    1. I always thought of Russia as dark, so the buildings were astonishing. Thanks for stopping.

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  18. Beautiful pictures you've got here. I especially liked the palace shot. The angle from which it has been shot enhances the overall effect of the picture. The Faberge egg is a thing of beauty. I have never ever read the Lord of the Rings (I have always found the names too confusing), but once I go through the A to Z with you, maybe I shall pick it up.

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    1. So nice when I hear from you. I did not read any of Tolkien until the movies arrived. How did I miss him? I started with a copy of The Hobbit which one of my sons had to read for school. And I just kept reading. I have enjoyed them immensely

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  19. That magnificent building looks very classy, robust and royal :) am already hooked to your theme :)

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    1. Thanks for stopping by. More beautiful buildings to come.

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  20. I'm fascinated by Faberge eggs. I'm hoping to see the Virginia collection one day. Thanks for a great post!

    Faye at Destination: Fiction

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    1. I hope you get to see them too. They are quite something.

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  21. We were in the Kremlin, the entire experience was amazing. Please to meet another blogger who respects those no photo rules. I sometimes wonder if I am the only person out there taking time to get permission to use my own photos, or take them. (I didn't try to get permission for the eggs, I am not even brave enough to try in Russia).

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    1. Yes. I try to follow the rules, though many do not. In some cases you could pay extra to take photos but you never know if it is worth it - until it is too late.

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