Daily Archives: October 11, 2012

Thursday’s windows: Palatial

Another post for Sandra Connor’s Thursday’s Windows series –

When you’re Empress of All the Russias, you expect to be able to look out a window any time you feel like it.

This is Catherine the Great’s palace in St. Petersburg. I suppose when it was built, long before electric lights, there were practical reasons for this kind of architecture – many windows means lots of sunlight indoors. Of course, it was also a statement of wealth – “Look how much glass I can afford! And just think how many servants it takes to keep all these windows clean!!”