Who is the real Peter the Great?
Was he a great man or a monster?
300 hundred years ago, as Tsar of Russia, Peter the Great transformed a swampy malaria-ridden village into a monumental city of stone we now call St. Petersburg.
That alone might make him a great man.
But he was also famous for cruelty – a dark trait that seems only too obvious when one enters the museum gallery known as Peter’s “Cabinet of Curiosities.” Here we find a macabre collection of human teeth, deformed fetuses, and the pickled head of a man.
How did Peter The Great develop such a twisted taste for the bizarre?
And does his collection mean that he was a monster?
The secret is revealed in the premiere broadcast of Museum Secrets: Inside the State Hermitage Museum
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