Friday, February 6, 2015

Fact of the Day: Potemkin Village

While debated if true or not, back in the day of Catherine the Great's rule of Russia, there was a man named Grigory Potemkin who built fake towns to fool her. Russia had conquered parts of modern-day Ukraine, and Potemkin was tasked in the area's recovery. After war with the Ottoman Empire, it proved to be a difficult task. It is said that Potemkin would prepare for the Empress' travel stops by making towns seem far better than they were. 

13 comments:

Kati said...

At least, he was trying!

-kati

Kirsty Vittetoe said...

Interesting!

Dascha said...

Interesting fact Adam!

xoxo

DEZMOND said...

it was rather ingenious from him.

Manzanita said...

I think that's called the "Chamber of Commerce." LOL

Pat Hatt said...

Doesn't tv do that now a days?

Christine said...

made me think of Disneyworld. kidding. interesting fact.

stephen Hayes said...

Isn't this what Putin tried to do with Sochi?

Pilar Domínguez said...

There is a film about something with The word Potemkin.I am going to investigate about it.Kisses:)

Kay said...

Now that's a novel idea!

Plowing Through Life (Martha) said...

Interesting historical post!

Anna-Alina said...

Here in Ukraine we have Potemkin stairs. I've heard thar it the biggest stairs in the world or in Europe..hmmm dont remember. I was there a few times.
Also first movie in Ukrane has the same name. Very old movie, but I've heard one of the best in the world

Dixie@dcrelief said...

Why not tell her the truth?