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Sunday, June 6, 2010

The Gold Room

Not really -- no photos are allowed in the actual Gold Rooms, where they have diadems and earrings and vessels of solid gold from Scythia and India and Iran, and swords that look like something out of a bad swords and sorcerers novel: hilts and scabbards of jewel-encrusted gold and elaborate patterns inscribed on the blades.

These are just the everyday gold and crystal-laden chandeliers of the Romanovs, what they were forced to make do with while they kept the good stuff locked away.

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