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While an abandoned palace in Russia was being investigated, an enormous bathtub was discovered. The bathtub is capable of holding as much as 12 tons of water.
While much larger tubs have been constructed since the 1700s, it was, at the time, one of the largest tubs ever built. The bathtub must have been very expensive to construct. The circular tub was carved out of a single piece of rock that seems to have originated as far away as an island around Finland. What is the story behind the construction of this expensive luxury? There are theories connecting the tub to 18th-century historical figures.
The tub was so large that it had to be put in place before the palace could be constructed around it
The tub was found in the Babolovo palace, a building that was constructed in a small village in the 18th century. The tub was so large that it had to be put in place before the palace could be constructed around it. The palace was in a remote area, and thus rarely used. Part of the choice of the location was because the local water was reputed to have healing properties. The water was piped in from the local area, using a piping system that was complex for the time. The building, although not necessarily the tub, was constructed by
The building that housed the tub was constructed by Catherine the great, the Russian empress who ruled the empire at the end of the 18th century. The palace is no longer with us. Like enormous numbers of contemporary and historical buildings, it was destroyed in the second world war. The tub, however, survives. There had been a German plan to steal the tub, but it was much heavier than war loot tends to be, and it was left in its place until the end of the war. The palace, which was also known for its interesting indoor decoration, may be mostly in ruins today, but the tub remains where it was placed centuries ago, in a very different time.