What do you do if you’re a Russian architect wishing to please
your tsar? Why, you build an ice palace in the Palace Square, of course! This architectural technique has been used, to varying degrees of success, at least twice in the past three hunred years.
We’re happy to report that the most recent application did not yet result in any decapitations or torn out tongues (the first one did). Yet for some of us, waiting outside for two hours with the Russian winter in full swing may be the modern day equivalent of these severe punishments.
Puzzled? Read the explanations and see more pictures of the Ice Palace in the article.