We began our morning with exotic tea and biscuits in the Russian tea room surrounded by more than a dozen beautiful antique tea urns.
At one time the building was used as a police station with jail cells on the bottom floor (behind me).
My favorite tea urn was this black piece with the the hand painted floral bouquet.
The painting of Christ is the Russian version of the Shroud of Turin. It is often referred to as the first icon because it was created during Christ's lifetime.
Note the small black rectangle to the middle right of the painting. That was what the piece looked like before it was cleaned!