Posted on December 29, 2016
She was one of the more popular of Russian rulers.
Elizabeth, Empress of Russia, was popular partly because she decided to never execute even a single person during her reign, partly because she stood up to an enemy (Prussia), perhaps partly because she encouraged education and culture — the founding of the University of Moscow and the Imperial Academy of Arts, for example, and the building of the Winter Palace and Smolny Cathedral.
|Saint Petersburg is the red dot in the northwest "corner"|
|Above and next two, below,|
the Imperial Academy of Arts.
|Above and next two below,|
|Above and next three below,|
Also on this date:
Carl Ludwig's birthday (he's
a pioneer in the study of urine!)
and scientist Joaquin de Acosta's birthday
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