, in Tsarskoye Selo
(near St. Petersburg
), in which the horses ridden by the Russian emperors
were buried. When the Tsars
fell out of power it fell into ruin until Jean-Louis Gouraud
rediscovered it in 1988. He has since compiled a history of the graveyard.
Nicholas I commissioned an 'Imperial rest-home' for horses, and it was built in 1827.
The first horse to be buried there was L'ami, the horse on which Alexander I rode victoriously into Paris in 1814, after defeating Napoleon. L'ami died in 1831.
At least 120 horses have since been buried there, up until at least 1889.
For a long time the Russian government failed to see the value of the cemetery, but Jean-Louis Gouraud has raised $40,000 in order to save the graveyard from destruction. Last I heard, it was still there. It is said to be the only horse cemetery in the world, but I very much doubt that that is the case.