23rd February 1817 - Grand Duke Nicholas future tsar of Russia visits Wilton, Salisbury and Stonehenge

Nicholas 1 visited Stonehenge

On 23rd February, 1817 Grand Duke Nicholas of Russia, brother of the Czar visited Wilton House. He visited the Cathedral and Stonehenge[1].

Nicholas’ brother was the grandson of Catherine the Great, and the brother of Alexander the First - the tsar in ‘War and Peace’.[2]


[1] The Popular History Of Old & New Sarum. T. J. Northy, Published by the Wiltshire County Mirror & Express Co. Ltd., 1897. Available digitally on the Internet Archive - URL: https://archive.org/stream/popularhistoryof00nort/popularhistoryof00nort_djvu.txt.

[2] Wikipedia says:

The novel spans the period 1805 to 1820. The era of Catherine the Great was still fresh in the minds of older people. Catherine had made French the language of her royal court.[14] For the next one hundred years, it became a social requirement for members of the Russian nobility to speak French and understand French culture.[14] This historical and cultural context in the aristocracy is reflected in War and Peace. Catherine’s grandson, Alexander I, came to the throne in 1801 at the age of 24. In the novel, his mother, Marya Feodorovna, is the most powerful woman in the Russian court.
URL: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/War_and_Peace

Image Credit

By Franz Krüger - (1) Web Gallery of Art:   Image  Info about artwork(2) http://album.foto.ru/photo/199957/, Public Domain, Link