St.Basil: A pre-revolutionary Russian postcard, author unknown. Considered to be within the public domain – https://


The French ambassador in Spain, one Jean Nicot (1530-1600) sends samples of tobacco (nicotine) to Paris in 1558, and the Portuguese introduce the habit of taking snuff.

In 1555 tobacco is first brought to Spain

from the New World.

1556  Work begins on the building of the Cathedral

of St. Basil the Beloved in Moscow.