For more than three centuries, Russia was ruled by the House of Romanov. This isn't particularly notable, for history's various nations and empires have long been led by one royal dynasty or another. Yet, while royal houses come and go, the Romanovs linger in the public consciousness due to the grisly and tragic circumstances of their demise.
Victims of a tumultuous cultural revolution, the Romanovs were held prisoner by their subjects. Then, in the early morning hours of July 18, 1918, Tsar Nicholas II, Empress Alexandra, and their five young children were executed.
This is the story many people are familiar with, but there are facts about the Romanovs that are less well known: the fate of the family's dog, for instance, or their intertwined relationship with European royalty. Read on to learn more Romanov family facts, and vote up the ones you never knew before.