Mansion of Peter the Great, on the Pereiaslavl Lake. Near Pereiaslavl-Zalesskii


The town of Pereslavl’-Zalesskii was a center of medieval Russian culture northeast of Moscow. Among its attractions was the little botik (boat) Fortuna from the flotilla of some 100 boats that the young Tsar Peter I ordered built in 1689-92 for Lake Pleshcheev. Here he began exploration of naval maneuvers, including the use of armaments. Peter had a residence at the lake, but it was not the building photographed here. In 1783 a fire destroyed the “palace” and all the boats except Fortuna, which had been kept at the village of Ves’kovo, located near the south shore of the lake four kilometers from Pereslavl’-Zalesskii. In 1803 (the centenary of Peter’s founding of Saint Petersburg) the boat was placed in a new brick structure at Ves’kovo, which became the center of the “Botik” estate museum. In 1853 local merchants erected this “White Palace” on the museum grounds. The image is by Russian photographer Sergei Mikhailovich Prokudin-Gorskii (1863–1944), who used a special color photography process to create a visual record of the Russian Empire in the early 20th century. Some of Prokudin-Gorskii’s photographs date from about 1905, but the bulk of his work is from between 1909 and 1915, when, with the support of Tsar Nicholas II and the Ministry of Transportation, he undertook extended trips through many different parts of the empire.

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Дворец Петра I на Переяславском озере. Близ Переяславля-Залесскаго

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Glass negative (presented as a digital color composite)


  • Prokudin-Gorskii’s photographic work survives primarily in two forms: 1,901 black-and-white triple-frame glass plate negatives, made with color separation filters, which Prokudin-Gorskii used to make color prints and lantern slides; and 12 albums of sepia-tone prints, made from the glass negatives, which Prokudin-Gorskii compiled as a record of his travels and studies. The Library of Congress purchased the glass plate negatives and the albums from the Prokudin-Gorskii family in 1948. In 2004, the Library of Congress had digital color composites made from all the surviving glass negatives using a software algorithm to automatically align the color components. As with most historical photographs, title and subject identifications are corrected and enhanced through new research. Current information on the collection is at

Last updated: September 23, 2016