Visit Peterhof, Russian Versaille
We went to the Russian Versailles to marvel at a Napoleonic ball, learn the history of the many Peterhof’s statues and find out how a trick fountain can make tourists get wet.
This year Russia celebrates the 200th anniversary of the 1812 Patriotic War and its victory over French army headed by Napoleon.
The 1812 campaign, named the Patriotic War by the Russians, is known to many foreigners primarily through Leo Tolstoy’s War and Peace, which recounts how the seemingly invincible Corsican, Napoleon, tasted defeat. Initially outnumbered by the French, the two Russian armies retreated, avoiding major battles. They eventually joined forces at Smolensk, where Field Marshal Kutuzov took command over the Russian forces. The bloodiest battle was fought on Sept. 7 at Borodino, a little more than 60 miles west of Moscow. The Russians consider it their victory although the Russian army had to retreat after a battle that was inconclusive in the military sense.
Historians of the period are still trying to separate facts from fiction while archeologists continue finding artifacts on the Borodino field.
The “Cossack village” festival was held in “Luzhniki” Olympic complex on the 17th of October 2012. It commemorated 200th anniversary of the Cossacks gathering that set the task of expelling Napoleon forces from Moscow.
Two hours of clanking swords, firing canons, hundreds of horses, tons of armor and pure fun for spectators. The famed 1812 Battle of Borodino has been reconstructed in the Moscow region, marking its bicentenary jubilee.
A little while ago, RBTH Correspondent Alberto Caspani reported on the sights and sounds around Borodino, as the village prepared to open celebrations on the 200th anniversary of the battle with Napoleon
When the Grand Armée of Napoleon invaded Russia in 1812, Russians responded in a variety of ways. Inspired by domestic popular prints and by British caricature, a handful of patriotic Russian artists created the Russian caricature tradition.
A Don Cossack detachment caught on camera moments before the beginning of an historic ride from Moscow to Paris, which will take place to honour the bicentenary of the Russian victory in the Great Patriotic War of 1812
If you walk past the Russian embassy in Bayswater Road, London, you can see the sculpture of an eagle on a double column at Orme Square. Not everybody knows that it is a memorial to the Russo-British efforts in the war against Napoleon