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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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