📸 Photo by @egormyznik • Fond of the West, Peter the Great of Russia embarked on comprehensively revolutionizing the culture. He banned long beards and levied a tax called “the tax for long beard” to stigmatize the Russian long-beard culture. Also, he foisted French dress on all state-men around him; and construct Western-style buildings designed by Italian and German Architects.
The westernization process was intense. Tsar Peter established a whole new city — St. Petersburg. Not only did he name the city after himself, but he used Dutch naming style when he called it “Sankt-Pieter-Burch”.
Peter expunged Russian culture from social life, but he entrenched Russia as a great European power, and underwent a social reform that immensely helped Russia flourish. Do you justify cultural sacrifice for military success? Westernization for geopolitical influence?
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is a church built in the Renaissance style and designed principally by Donato Bramante, Michelangelo, Carlo Maderno and Gian Lorenzo Bernini.
A church has stood on this site since the time of the Roman emperor Constantine the Great. Old St. Peter's Basilica dates from the 4th century AD. Construction of the present basilica began on 18 April 1506 and was completed on 18 November 1626.
St. Peter's is the most renowned work of Renaissance architecture and the largest church in the world.
After an elevator and some stairs I arrived to this part of saint peter’s basilica, such a great view from my side to the ground floor, some people waking around and incredible architecture and art everywhere, like in a palace.
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