In prep to visit Russia for the first time, I read Orlando Figes, Natasha's Dance.
A great line: ".. the problem with Russian history is there is just so much....."
In my broken Russian, to a broken English speaker, I got the drift that this was a Czar's gift to the Russian Muslims who fought in the Crimean War for the Russian Empire.
The sky was kind that day: it was an overcast when I visited!
The Turkish Bath Pavilion.Designed by I.Monighetti 1850-52 en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ippolit_Monighetti