The King Of All Tubs

The King Of All Tubs

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.

The King Of All Tubs

Plan of the palace.

The King Of All Tubs

In 1817 the garden was enlarged and planted with trees.

The King Of All Tubs

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.

The King Of All Tubs

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

The King Of All Tubs

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

The King Of All Tubs

The King Of All Tubs

The King Of All Tubs

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

The King Of All Tubs

The King Of All Tubs

The King Of All Tubs

The King Of All Tubs

The King Of All Tubs

The King Of All Tubs

During the war the Babolovsky Palace was partially destroyed but the tub remained in a good condition.

The King Of All Tubs

The King Of All Tubs

During the Second World War the Germans were going to take it to Germany but they didn’t manage to do it because no cables could hold its weight.

The King Of All Tubs

Location: Tsarskoye Selo (Pushkin)

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18 thoughts on “The King Of All Tubs”

  1. 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.

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  2. 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.

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