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The Fabergé Eggs


The Fabergé Eggs

The Fabergé eggs were 50 jeweled “Easter eggs” created for the Russian tsars by famed jeweler Peter Carl Fabergé between 1885 and 1917. Tsar Alexander III commissioned the first egg as an Easter surprise for his wife, Maria Fedorovna. The tsarina was so delighted with the gift that Alexander established Fabergé as the Imperial Goldsmith and requested an egg each year thereafter, stipulating only that it contain a surprise. Nicholas II continued the tradition. Where are the eggs today? More… Discuss

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TODAY’S BIRTHDAY: ALEXANDER III OF RUSSIA (1845)


Alexander III of Russia (1845)

Alexander III was tsar of Russia from 1881 until his death in 1894. As ruler, he sought to counteract what he considered the excessive liberalism of his father’s reign and pursued a reactionary policy that promoted Russification and the persecution of religious minorities. Still, economic policy during Alexander’s rule enabled rapid industrial development and allowed Russia to begin building the Trans-Siberian Railroad. To which of Alexander’s relatives was his wife, Dagmar, originally engaged? More…Discuss

 

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