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In 1708, Peter the Great gave his wife, the future Empress Catherine I, a country estate 15 miles south of St. Petersburg. Over decades and then centuries, this relatively modest royal residence became first a summer retreat of uncommon splendor, and then a thriving "Tsar's Village" for aristocrats, artists, academicians and their students. Emmanuel Ducamp's The Summer Palaces of the Romanovs pays tribute to this World Heritage Site with an apt elegance, combining color photographs of its magnificent exteriors and rooms with detailed descriptions of its unique craftsmanship and storied history.