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Interior view of a great room featuring arched, muraled ceilings, and many chandeliers.

"[T]he Kremlin's ancient Throne Room in the Palace of Facets [as seen in 1956, was] . . . the glittering heart of [an] . . . empire; [its] frescoed splendor . . . rivalled only by the adjoining palace of the Tzars." The Kremlin, p. 25.