The tzar’s residence on SilverIsland” is a beautiful place, rich in history. It became popular with the Russian Tsar Alexei Mikhailovich as the tsar enjoyed country life including hunting and horticulture. He experimented with agriculture; he was not very successful with the production of silk but got lucky with grapes and water-melons!
The face of the island changed during the Soviet period with the construction of an aircraft production facility and the housing of the workers. More than 3000 lived extremely closely together, in communal apartments constructed within the Tsar’s residence (we will see one of those). That is until the authorities reorganized the accommodation after grave concerns of immoral and “non-Soviet” activities.
Our tour will finish at the Vodka Museum, recently transferred from St Petersburg as consumption is greater here J Centuries-worth of vodka history is here, including the Gorbachev government’s struggle against alcoholism
When: We meet outside metro Partisanskaya at 11.15h.
Cost: 1250 rub per person