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Ceremonial court dress belonging to Empress Alexandra Fyodorovna. Made by the workshop of O. Bulbenkova (?), St. Petersburg, Russia. Late 19th to early 20th centuries. Velvet, satin and gilded metal thread. State Hermitage Museum (links: https://www.hermitagemuseum.org/wps/portal/hermitage/digital-collection/08.+Applied+Arts/1263422/?lng=en, http://www.hermitageline.ru/ru/blog/view/bal). Other photos are via Ghosts of Imperial Russia's Tumblr. CLICK FOR VERY LARGE, HI-RES IMAGES.

The Church on Spilled Blood -- St. Petersburg, Russia- photos only capture part of the grandeur! It is awe inspiring!

The Hermitage - Russian Czars Winter Palace in St Petersburg .The great art collection of Catherine II is housed here.