Illustrated Description Of Russia

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Monplaisir, Favorite Residence of Peter the Great, at Peterhoff

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The smaller buildings of "Marly" and "Monplaisir," which lie under these trees as wings to the larger edifice, remind the spectator, as the small house in the Summer garden has done, of the modest domestic arrangements of the carpenter of Sardaam, Holland—the great reformer of eastern Europe.

It was from these humble retreats that Peter the Great loved to contemplate his growing power over the Swedes on the Baltic. In Monplaisir, a low, Dutch-built summer-house, the empress Elizabeth used to amuse her royal leisure by cooking her own dinner. In this lowly abode the great Peter breathed his last, and his bed is still preserved untouched since his death, and now fast crumbling to decay.

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Sears, Robert. An Illustrated Description of the Russian Empire. New York: Robert Sears, 1855