RIA Novosti – Culture – Ice palace unveiled in St. Petersburg

IcepalaceThis has to be one of the most unique things I have ever seen, a beautifully built ice palace in the middle of St. Petersburg Russia. This ice palace is filled with ice furniture and other furnishings throughout. Worth a trip if you are going to be in the city over the next couple of months.

A replica of an ice palace built in the eighteenth century was unveiled Wednesday in the center of St. Petersburg, Russia’s second largest city.
The structure, which is six meters high and covers a total area of some 100 sq m, is furnished with ice tables, chairs, beds, mirrors, and crockery.
Icepalace2The original ice palace was built in the city in 1740 to mark the 10th anniversary of Empress Anna Ioannovna’s reign and Russia’s victory over Turkey.
The construction of the palace, whose purpose is to attract tourists to St. Petersburg during the winter, began on January 18. Russia’s foremost ice sculptors used more than three tons of ice blocks from neighboring lakes to build it.
The opening ceremony, which was accompanied by fireworks and a fashion show, gathered about 300 people despite the freezing temperature (minus 20 degrees Celsius).  via RIA Novosti

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