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Treasure from Naryshkin Mansion in St. Petersburg


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This story made a big fuss two years ago.

A short preamble from the Huffington Post

For years, soviet citizens sat down in a cheap restaurant in a former mansion of the nobility for plain meals, unaware of the treasure secreted nearby.
Workers restoring the building this week finally found it, unexpectedly, in a storage space hidden between two floors – more than 1,000 pieces of jewelry, silver service sets stamped with the name of one of Russia's most prominent noble families, mirrors and brushes in silver frames. Many of them were wrapped in newspapers dated from the early months of 1917, as Russia careened toward the Bolshevik Revolution that ended life as the nobles had known it.
Friday's announcement of the find by the Intarsia company, which is performing the restoration work, excited the news media and sparked arguments over who can claim the valuables. The find is so new that experts haven't had time to inspect the goods and estimate their value.
The treasure tale touches on two of Russia's most renowned and romantic figures: Peter the Great and Alexander Pushkin.
The mansion was purchased in 1875 by Duke Vasily Naryshkin, whose family included Nataliya Naryshkina, the second wife of Czar Alexis and the mother of Peter the Great. The mansion had been put together by connecting two 18-century houses, one of which belonged to Pushkin's African grandfather Abram Gannibal.
After the Bolsheviks nationalized private property, part of the mansion was turned into a stolovaya, a canteen-like restaurant serving utilitarian meals, according to Russian news reports. Following the collapse of the Soviet Union, the building housed apartment, became private apartments, then was purchased by Intarsia to be turned into a conference and cultural center.
Let`s take a look at them ;)
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