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Ice Palace

July 31st 2006 02:35
An ice palace or ice castle is a castle-like structure made of blocks of ice. These blocks are usually harvested from nearby lakes when they become frozen in winter. The first known ice palace appeared in St. Petersburg, Russia and was the handiwork of Russian empress Anna Ivanovna.
Many ice palaces have been built since. The capital city of Minnesota, St. Paul, has played host to several ice palaces since 1886 as part the city's Winter Carnival. Every year since 1954 the Quebec City Winter Carnival in Quebec City has featured ice palaces or ice castles of various sizes.
Below are pictures of ice palaces from such carnivals.

Ice Carnival
Ice Carnival

Ice Castle

Ice Palace Outside
Ice Palace

Ice Palace Inside
Inside an Ice Palace

* This article is licensed under the GNU Free Documentation Licence. It uses material from the Wikipedia article Ice Palace.

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