This cinematic retelling of history makes the epoch of Catherine II come alive. And despite a number of historical flaws and inaccuracies, HBO manages to accomplish its key objective, which is to awe and engage – and yes, sometimes even educate.
It’s a city of diamonds, mammoths, and thinly-sliced raw frozen fish that locals call ‘stroganina’. If you are afraid of the cold, then come here in the summer! You will find it no less exotic, but you’ll be able to leave your excess luggage full of warm clothes at home.