But Muscovite sovereigns have condescended to lodge in the former abode of the khans; and the guide, of course, imagines that the most interesting object in the palace is the bed in which the empress Catherine II. slept. The room of Maria Potoski, however, is fraught with more romantic associations. Here for ten years the infatuated countess resided, hoping to effect a compromise between her conscience and her passion for the khan, by a life devoted to religious exercises, while content to reign, at the same time, supreme in the palace of the infidel. The apartments appropriated to her are luxuriously arranged; and a lofty hall, with fountains plashing upon slabs of marble, bears her name. Adjoining it is a Roman catholic chapel, which was built expressly for her use by the amorous khan.
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Sears, Robert. An Illustrated Description of the Russian Empire. New York: Robert Sears, 1855