18 The King Of All Tubs

The King Of All Tubs

Posted on January 17, 2011 by team

This gigantic granite tub is situated at one of the deserted palaces in Pushkin city (Tsarskoye Selo). Its size amazes and makes it possible to call it the king of all the tubs.

In 1783-1784  Catherine the Great built a wooden house for rest and bathing during the summer vacation in the Babolovo village and then organized a small English park around it. The water from the conduit, considered to be healing, was piped into this building and a marble tub was installed in the bathroom inside. Initially it wasn’t even meant to be lived in and all the rooms looked out on the garden.

And only afterwards this building was called the Babilovsky Palace for its rich inner decoration.

Plan of the palace.

In 1817 the garden was enlarged and planted with trees.

In 1824 Alexander I, apparently being a lover of the cold water bathe, ordered to install the new tub instead of the old one. Said and done. A huge tub of 6 m in diameter and 48 tons of weight was made of a single piece of granite.

It took 10 years to transform a 160 tons block of granite into an imperial tub.

Containing 8000 buckets of water its height is 1.6 m, depth – 1.58 m, diameter – 5.33 m.

Since the time of Egyptians the mankind knows nothing made of granite to be more colossal than this tub.


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18 Responses to “The King Of All Tubs”

  1. Wishful thinker says:

    The area outside looks deserted. How do they keep people from vandalizing the tub?

  2. Barrie says:

    preserve it NOW. google map link please.

  3. FührerBunker.AT says:

    F. Bunker am Start.

    well, well…

  4. CZenda says:

    Strange nobody stole the nice iron brackets yet.

  5. RB says:

    Now that that it has been exposed either it will be ruined or it will be moved to a safe public place.
    As truly beautiful as it is, sadly its a reminder of what the rich are capable of when so many did not have even enough food.

  6. Critter says:

    So the Germans couldn’t move it out, and nobody else has been able to move it since the place was abandoned. My question is, how did they get the original block of granite there to begin with? The original block probably weighed about 3 times more than the tub does.

  7. L.S.Zlatopolsky says:

    Even this tub is too small to contain Putin’s ego.

  8. BRB says:

    Zu schwer, das war wieder die Überheblichkeit der Nazi-Führer

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