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Russian Imperial House of Romanov ♔ historical character profiles

Maria Nikolaevna can easily be called a Russian beauty. Tall, healthy, with sable eyebrows and a bright blush on her open Russian face, she is especially lovely to a Russian heart. You look at her and involuntarily imagine her dressed in the Russian boyar’s sarafan; snowy muslin sleeves around her hands; on the highly decorated bodice semi-precious stone; and above her white brow, a kokoshnik with the traditional pearls. Her eyes illuminate her entire face by a unique, radiant luster; they sometimes seem black as long eyelashes throw shadows over the bright blush of her soft cheeks. She is merry and alive, but she has not yet awakened completely to life; probably concealed in her are the immense forces of a real Russian woman.

Go home, child. You have a home, which is more than many can say in these dark days.

(Source: lannistere)


Henrik Emanuel Wigstrom and Vassily Ivanovich Zuiev for the House of Carl Faberge, Imperial Napoleonic Egg, 1912 (source).


Henrik Emanuel Wigstrom and Vassily Ivanovich Zuiev for the House of Carl Faberge, Imperial Napoleonic Egg, 1912 (source).


The Papal Palace of Avignon, France

The edifice constitutes the biggest gothic palace in the world —a surface area of 15,000 m2, or the equivalent of 4 gothic cathedrals. The Palace construction began in 1252 and became the Papal residence in 1309.
The immediate reason for the erection of the Papal Residence was the removal of the Curia from Rome to Avignon. Indeed by 1309, Rome became a violent and unwelcoming city and it became impossible for the incimbent Pope -Pope Clement V- to remain in the city. As a result the Pope and his entourage relocated to Avignon.
One time fortress and palace, the papal residence was the seat of Christianity during the 14th century and made the city a major political capital of the western world. Six papal conclaves were held in the Palace, leading to the elections of Benedict XII in 1334, Clement VI in 1342, Innocent VI in 1352, Urban V in 1362, Gregory XI in 1370 and Antipope Benedict XIII in 1394.
At the end of the 14th century, the popes departed Avignon, returning to Rome. The building remained in the hands of papal forces until the French Revolution and it is now a museum and an exhibition centre.

I dreamt of a maid at a feast, with purple serpents in her hair, venom dripping from their fangs. / The bells were ringing, slow and mournful. Ringing, ringing, ringing. They had rung for King Robert the same way. Joffrey was dead, he was dead, he was dead, dead, dead.

(Source: catfromjapan)