summer residence of the emperor

Goslar is a historic town in Niedersachsen (Lower Saxony), Northern Germany, on the slopes of the Harz mountains. The Altstadt (old town) and local mines have been declared UNESCO World Heritage Sites. The town lies 40 km from Braunschweig and 70 km from the state capital Hannover. It has a rich cultural, political, and industrial history. Salian Emperor Henry I founded it in the 10th century after the discovery of silver deposits. The wealth derived from silver mining brought Goslar the status of an Imperial City, which attracted the interest of the Holy Roman Emperor. The medieval Imperial Palace was built in the 11th century and became a summer residence for the emperors, especially Henry III of Germany. Henry’s heart is buried in Goslar, his body lies in the family vault in Speyer Cathedral. Local sites include the 16-century town hall and the old mines, which now house a museum. During the Cold War, Goslar was a major garrison town for the West German army and the border police. After the fall of the Berlin Wall, the barracks were vacated. There’s skiing here in winter.

“Marko’s Stone”

Lesicheri, Bulgaria

1st centiry CE

6 m. in height

On the south-east of Lesicheri  are the remains of an obelisk called by locals “Marko’s stone.” At the beginning of the century there were two columns of different heights. According to legend recorded by the Hungarian traveler Felix Kanitz, it was built by King Marko . According to archaeologists, there are two versions - one is where there was a post guarding a water pipe, and the other is at the summer residence of Emperor Trajan.

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Few snapshots of the Peterhof “Cottage”, summer residence of Emperor Nicholas I and Empress Alexandra Fyodorovna

The “Cottage” was built on rising ground with trees on three sides and a magnificent view of the sea, in sight of the naval base at Kronstadt. From its completion in 1829 the Cottage was a family home, just large enough for Nicholas and Alexandra, their children, and two servants. It had its own garden and stound this the park was carefully landscaped, with a number of smaller buildings, summerhouses and follies, some practical and designed to accommodate more servants and others added for appearance. … 

The park was the imperial couple’s sanctuary, where they could shut themselves away from the public life they had never wanted and spend time with their children. But inevitably the outside world began to intrude. The Cottage became too small to hold a Tsar , with all his official duties. In 1842 an enlarged dining room and a terrace were added, though Nicholas regretted this terribly and clung to the idea that the house was still a simple family home.

Charlotte Zeepvat: Romanov Autumn