Holland hands replica of Peter the Great house to Russia
The Dutch Navy has given Russia a replica of the house where Russian Tsar Peter the Great lived during the years of his "Grand Embassy" in Europe.
The handover ceremony was held near the Dutch patrol boat, the Friesland, at the Sea Terminal in St. Petersburg. The ceremony was attended by Commander of the Dutch Navy Vice Admiral Matthieu Borsboom and Commander of the Leningrad naval base Oleg Zhuravlyov, the press service of the Western Military District told Interfax.
Peter the Great's house was delivered to St. Petersburg disassembled, in five containers. After the containers are cleared through the customs, they will be moved to Moscow's museum estate Kolomenskoye, where the house will be assembled by Russian and Dutch engineers.
The replica was built by Dutch military engineers. It was handed over to Russia as part of Russian and Dutch cooperation in 2013.
The Tsar Peter House is located in Zaandam. It was built in 1632 as a cottage for shipyard workers, using old ship wood. Peter the Great lived in it during his stay in Holland in 1697. The house now serves as a museum.