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Montagnes Russes Collection

"Montagnes Russes: A Thrilling Journey Through Time and Ice" Step back in time to the 1850s, where the Russian Ice Mountain stood tall on Admiralty Square in St

Background imageMontagnes Russes Collection: Russian Ice Mountain on the Admiralty Square in St. Petersburg, 1850s

Russian Ice Mountain on the Admiralty Square in St. Petersburg, 1850s. Private Collection

Background imageMontagnes Russes Collection: Catherine the Great Visiting the Ice Mountain in Saint Petersburg, 1788

Catherine the Great Visiting the Ice Mountain in Saint Petersburg, 1788. Artist: Paterssen, Benjamin (1748-1815)
Catherine the Great Visiting the Ice Mountain in Saint Petersburg, 1788. From a private collection

Background imageMontagnes Russes Collection: The sledding, c.1880. Creator: Sandham, Henry (1842-1910)

The sledding, c.1880. Creator: Sandham, Henry (1842-1910)
The sledding, c.1880. Private Collection

Background imageMontagnes Russes Collection: Montages de Belleville, Barrière des 3 couronnes, 1817-1824. Creator: Courvoisier-Voisin

Montages de Belleville, Barrière des 3 couronnes, 1817-1824. Creator: Courvoisier-Voisin, Henri (1757-1830)
Montages de Belleville, Barriere des 3 couronnes, 1817-1824. Private Collection

Background imageMontagnes Russes Collection: Promenades aériennes, jardin Baujon, honoré de la présence de Sa Majesté le 3 août 1817, 1817-1818

Promenades aériennes, jardin Baujon, honoré de la présence de Sa Majesté le 3 août 1817, 1817-1818
Promenades aeriennes, jardin Baujon, honore de la presence de Sa Majeste le 3 aout 1817, 1817-1818. Private Collection

Background imageMontagnes Russes Collection: Montages de Belleville, Barrière des 3 couronnes, 1817-1824. Creator: Courvoisier-Voisin

Montages de Belleville, Barrière des 3 couronnes, 1817-1824. Creator: Courvoisier-Voisin, Henri (1757-1830)
Montages de Belleville, Barriere des 3 couronnes, 1817-1824. Private Collection

Background imageMontagnes Russes Collection: Vue des montagnes de glace pendant le carnaval à Moscou, 1817-1824

Vue des montagnes de glace pendant le carnaval à Moscou, 1817-1824. Creator: Courvoisier-Voisin, Henri (1757-1830)
Vue des montagnes de glace pendant le carnaval a Moscou, 1817-1824. Private Collection

Background imageMontagnes Russes Collection: Ice Mountains, ca 1814. Artist: Anonymous

Ice Mountains, ca 1814. Artist: Anonymous
Ice Mountains, ca 1814. Private Collection

Background imageMontagnes Russes Collection: Poster advertising Danseuses Espagnoles at the Boulevard des Capucines

Poster advertising Danseuses Espagnoles at the Boulevard des Capucines
PER360591 Poster advertising Danseuses Espagnoles at the Boulevard des Capucines, Paris (colour litho) by Cheret, Jules (1836-1932); Private Collection; French, out of copyright

Background imageMontagnes Russes Collection: Promenades Aeriennes, Jardin Baujon, Honoured by the Presence of her Majesty

Promenades Aeriennes, Jardin Baujon, Honoured by the Presence of her Majesty
CHT220470 Promenades Aeriennes, Jardin Baujon, Honoured by the Presence of her Majesty, 2nd August 1817, c.1817 (colour engraving) by Garneray

Background imageMontagnes Russes Collection: Poster advertising the Montagnes Russes Roller Coaster in the Boulevard des

Poster advertising the Montagnes Russes Roller Coaster in the Boulevard des
CHT441005 Poster advertising the Montagnes Russes Roller Coaster in the Boulevard des Capucines, Paris, 1888 (colour litho) by French School, (19th century); Musee de la Ville de Paris

Background imageMontagnes Russes Collection: Promenades Aeriennes, Jardin Baujon, c. 1817 (colour litho)

Promenades Aeriennes, Jardin Baujon, c. 1817 (colour litho)
2962814 Promenades Aeriennes, Jardin Baujon, c.1817 (colour litho) by Garneray, Louis Ambroise (1783-1857) (after); Private Collection; French, out of copyright

Background imageMontagnes Russes Collection: Amusement park with Panstereorama (litho)

Amusement park with Panstereorama (litho)
872819 Amusement park with Panstereorama (litho) by French School, (19th century); BibliothAque Paul-Marmottan, Ville de Boulogne-Billancourt, Academie des Beaux-Arts

Background imageMontagnes Russes Collection: The roller coasters on the Neva near the Smolny Convent in Saint Petersburg

The roller coasters on the Neva near the Smolny Convent in Saint Petersburg. Found in the Collection of State Museum of the History of Saint Petersburg

Background imageMontagnes Russes Collection: The roller coasters on Krestovsky Island

The roller coasters on Krestovsky Island. Found in the Collection of State Museum of the History of Saint Petersburg

Background imageMontagnes Russes Collection: Children going down an Ice Hill

Children going down an Ice Hill. Found in the Collection of State Museum of A.S. Pushkin, Moscow

Background imageMontagnes Russes Collection: Russian Ice Mountain, 1817. Artist: Houbigant, Armand-Gustave (1789-1862)

Russian Ice Mountain, 1817. Artist: Houbigant, Armand-Gustave (1789-1862)
Russian Ice Mountain, 1817. Private Collection

Background imageMontagnes Russes Collection: Amusement on the Ice, 1813. Artist: Svinyin, Pavel Petrovich (1787-1839)

Amusement on the Ice, 1813. Artist: Svinyin, Pavel Petrovich (1787-1839)
Amusement on the Ice, 1813. Private Collection

Background imageMontagnes Russes Collection: Winter, 1902. Artist: Stolitsa, Evgeni Ivanovich (1870-1929)

Winter, 1902. Artist: Stolitsa, Evgeni Ivanovich (1870-1929)
Winter, 1902. Found in the collection of the Regional Art Gallery, Tver

Background imageMontagnes Russes Collection: Shrove-tide Fete on the Neva in St. Petersburg, Early 19th cen Artist: Galaktionov

Shrove-tide Fete on the Neva in St. Petersburg, Early 19th cen Artist: Galaktionov, Stepan Philippovich (1779-1854)
Shrove-tide Fete on the Neva in St. Petersburg, Early 19th cen.. Found in the collection of the Russian National Library, St. Petersburg

Background imageMontagnes Russes Collection: A roller coaster. Illustration from Il costume antico e moderno o storia del governo

A roller coaster. Illustration from Il costume antico e moderno o storia del governo? by Giulio Ferrario, 1831. From a private collection

Background imageMontagnes Russes Collection: Russian Sleds in Winter, 1750. Artist: Anonymous

Russian Sleds in Winter, 1750. Artist: Anonymous
Russian Sleds in Winter, 1750. From a private collection

Background imageMontagnes Russes Collection: Flying Mountain (Montagnes Russes) in Little Russia, 1815. Artist: Johnston, Robert (1783-1839)

Flying Mountain (Montagnes Russes) in Little Russia, 1815. Artist: Johnston, Robert (1783-1839)
Flying Mountain (Montagnes Russes) in Little Russia, 1815. From a private collection

Background imageMontagnes Russes Collection: Poster La Danse, the dance. Cheret, Jules (1836-1932), French painter and lithographer

Poster La Danse, the dance. Cheret, Jules (1836-1932), French painter and lithographer who became a master of Belle Epoque poster art. He has been called the father of the modern poster

Background imageMontagnes Russes Collection: Poster for Taverne Olympia. Cheret, Jules (1836-1932), French painter and lithographer

Poster for Taverne Olympia. Cheret, Jules (1836-1932), French painter and lithographer who became a master of Belle Epoque poster art. He has been called the father of the modern poster


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"Montagnes Russes: A Thrilling Journey Through Time and Ice" Step back in time to the 1850s, where the Russian Ice Mountain stood tall on Admiralty Square in St. Petersburg. This magnificent structure brought excitement and joy to all who dared to ride its icy slopes. Even Catherine the Great herself couldn't resist the allure of this frozen wonderland. In 1788, she visited the Ice Mountain, captured forever by artist Paterssen's skilled hand. The image depicts her regal presence amidst a crowd of awe-struck spectators. As years passed, anonymous artists continued to immortalize these icy marvels through their brushstrokes. Ca 1814 brings us a captivating scene of ice mountains that seem almost otherworldly - an enchanting sight for those lucky enough to witness it firsthand. The allure extended beyond paintings; posters advertising thrilling spectacles like Danseuses Espagnoles at Boulevard des Capucines enticed crowds with promises of daring acrobatics and heart-pounding performances. Jardin Baujon became synonymous with aerial promenades that delighted both locals and visitors alike. Honored by Her Majesty's presence, this picturesque garden was transformed into a playground for adventure-seekers seeking thrills high above ground level. One cannot speak without mentioning roller coasters - they became an integral part of amusement parks across Russia. The Boulevard des hosted one such exhilarating attraction that left riders breathless as they soared through twists and turns at breakneck speeds. Krestovsky Island also had its fair share of roller coaster magic, offering unforgettable experiences against a backdrop of stunning natural beauty. These rides were not just about adrenaline but also about immersing oneself in the splendorous surroundings. Children too found joy in descending ice hills reminiscent of miniature versions themselves. Their laughter echoed through time, a testament to the enduring appeal of these icy wonders.