Archbishop Craticus was most pleased with the Tsarina's generous gift. Craticus held onto the gift tightly as he received the tour of the palace and the surrounding grounds. Craticus quietly marveled at the architecture and nodded as the Tsarina provided detailed explanations. Craticus appreciated the tour greatly. It wasn't often that Craticus received tours like these when he was overseas, never mind tours of a palaces as beautiful as this... by the Tsarina of the Russian Empire herself! Craticus had a special interest in architecture in particular. The baroque style of the palace was certainly wonderful and was appealing to his tastes. Miracois baroque architecture was quite different from Inquistan baroque architecture, despite that the two often get confused. Miracois baroque architecture was clearly an expression of majesty and nobility, which lent itself well to palaces such as these. The Inquistan style was more of an expression of faith and zeal, which lent itself better towards basilicas and domes.
"Samson Fountain is gorgeous," Craticus whispered out loud, feeling impressed with the beauty of the fountain, as well as feeling impressed by its use of biblical iconography. "The history of the Russian Empire is much like the story of Samson."
Craticus cleared his throat as the tour continued. "I want to thank you both for having me. I am honoured to be your first guest. The pleasure is all mine. I especially look forward to festivities of the harvest. I've been fortunate enough to make the acquaintances of several of your oligarchs. If I had a Rouble for every invitation I've received to board a Russian yacht in the peers of Saint Dominico, I'd be an oligarch myself. I've heard that there's nothing quite like a Russian celebration."