Russische Kolonie Alexandrowka: ALEXANDROWKA is the Russian Colony in the north of Potsdam . It consists out of thirteen wooden houses in Russian style, which were built between 1826 and 1827 on special wish of the former Prussian king, Friedrich Wilhelm III. Originally the colony was the home of the Russian singers of the First Prussian Regiment of the Guards. The blockhouses are surrounded by generous gardens . See where this picture was taken. [?]
08.09.02.12.58 Potsdam, Holländisches Viertel, Johann Boumann d. Ä., Mittelstrasse
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Overview of Sorbian Folk Costume
Hello all, Today I will be doing an overview of the costumes of yet another of the minority peoples of Europe, the Sorbs. These people are also called Lusatians, and sometimes Wends. Lusatia is the name of the area in which they live, and Wend is an old Germanic term for 'stranger', it is cognate with the term Welsh, meaning someone whose language is totally other. [One the flip side, Slavs refer to Germans as 'Nemets', which means 'mute', i.e. one incapable of comprehensible speech.] They…
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