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Catherine the Great was an avid collector of artwork for her empire, and built the Hermitage Museum in St. Petersburg, which includes her own Public collection of engraved gemstones. Catherine the Great spent a great fortune on artwork, even during times of war as was the case when Russia was at war with Sweden during the Russo-Swedish war nearing the end of the 18th century. The world's oldest carpet was discovered in Siberia, and found frozen in ice in the frozen tombs of Pazyryk, dating back ...


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