The first arrival of Catherine II to St. Petersburg

14 February, Saturday
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On February 14, 1744 the future empress Catherine the Great came to St. Petersburg for the first time

The princess Sophie Auguste Friederike von Anhalt-Zerbst-Dornburg arrived to Saint Petersburg with her mother to become a wife to the soon-to-be emperor Peter III, who was her second cousin. Sophie Auguste met her future husband in Eutin Castle in 1793. Soon after arrival she was already studying the Russian language, history, orthodox religion and common traditions in an attempt to learn all the aspects of life in Russia – the country she had accepted as a new homeland.

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