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Discussions about Other Imperial Palaces => Tsarskoe Selo Palaces => Topic started by: Vladimir_V. on October 06, 2004, 05:26:47 AM

Title: St. Petersburg imperial country residences news
Post by: Vladimir_V. on October 06, 2004, 05:26:47 AM
Peterhof. New exhibition.

The Peterhof State Museum-Reserve opened new permanent exhibition "Collection of old bicycles from former imperial country residences" on June 30, 2004. You can see "Bonesshaker"(1867) acquired by Alexander II for his family, two "Spider" bicycles (1882) belonged to Alexander III, the tandem of Nicholas II (1900s) and others. A set of picture-cards with views of bicycles was printed in Russian and English.
Title: Re: St. Petersburg imperial country residences new
Post by: Vladimir_V. on October 06, 2004, 06:46:16 AM
Peterhof. New exhibition.

The Peterhof State Museum-Reserve opened new temporary exhibition "The Sunraylet" about Grand Duke Alexei on August 12, 2004. Furnitures and others from The Lower Dacha and The Emperor Carriages, photos, documents, Grand Duke Alexei`s things (costumes, letters, drawings, toys...). Last room of this exhibition gives some information about the project of The Lower Dacha restoration. The Peterhof State Museum-Reserve printed the book: The Sunraylet. Tsesarevich Alexei.- St. Petersburg., 2004. Published by Abris. ISBN 5-88810-036-x (in Russian).
Title: Re: St. Petersburg imperial country residences new
Post by: Vladimir_V. on October 07, 2004, 08:31:41 AM
Peterhof. The fountains.

In this year the last day of the fountains function is October 10, 2004. The ceremony of the fountains closing with small salute and meeting will start at 3pm in the front of The Great Cascade (The Lower Park).
Title: Re: St. Petersburg imperial country residences new
Post by: Joanna on October 07, 2004, 09:48:17 AM
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Peterhof. New exhibition.

The Peterhof State Museum-Reserve opened new temporary exhibition "The Sunraylet" about Grand Duke Alexei on August 12, 2004. Furnitures and others from The Lower Dacha and The Emperor Carriages, photos, documents, Grand Duke Alexei`s things (costumes, letters, drawings, toys...). Last room of this exhibition gives some information about the project of The Lower Dacha restoration. The Peterhof State Museum-Reserve printed the book "The Sunraylet".


Hi Vladimir,

How I would have adored to see this exhibition! Can you write what you know of the project of The Lower Dacha restoration? I had not known that there was a possibility of this.

Many many thanks for sharing so much!
Joanna
Title: Re: St. Petersburg imperial country residences new
Post by: Joanna on October 07, 2004, 10:05:38 AM
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The Peterhof State Museum-Reserve opened new permanent exhibition "Collection of old bicycles from former imperial country residences" on June 30, 2004. . A set of picture-cards with views of bicycles was printed in Russian and English.


Hi Vladimir,

Do you have an ISBN number for these picture-cards? And also for the book The Sunraylet?

Many many thanks
Joanna
Title: Re: St. Petersburg imperial country residences new
Post by: Vladimir_V. on October 12, 2004, 12:40:22 PM
The restoration of The Lower Dacha has started two years ago, but was stopped some months ago because of the financial problems. In this period The Peterhof Museum found the remains of the all basements and checked it condition, has begun excavatory archeology and has done 60% of the layout of the restoration. The price of the new palace - $20.000.000 ...

Title: Re: St. Petersburg imperial country residences new
Post by: Vladimir_V. on October 12, 2004, 01:03:10 PM
Strelna. New exhibition.

The Peterhof State Museum-Reserve opened in The Strelna Travel Palace new temporary exhibition "The Last Owner of  Strelna" about Grand Duke Dmitry Konstantinovich (1860-1919), the junior son of Grand Duke Konstantin Nikolayevich. The Peterhof Museum printed the book: Grand Duke Dmitry Konstantinovich. The Last Owner of  Strelna.- St. Petersburg., 2004. ISBN 5-88810-035-1 (in Russian). Published by Abris (e-mail: pompeev@mail.convey.ru).
Title: Re: St. Petersburg imperial country residences new
Post by: NAAOTMA on October 13, 2004, 09:38:39 AM
Very exciting news about the Lower Dacha! Please keep us posted on further information! Thank you! Melissa K.
Title: Re: St. Petersburg imperial country residences new
Post by: Antonio_P.Caballer on October 14, 2004, 08:17:33 PM
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The restoration of The Lower Dacha has started two years ago, but was stopped some months ago because of the financial problems. In this period The Peterhof Museum found the remains of the all basements and checked it condition, has begun excavatory archeology and has done 60% of the layout of the restoration. The price of the new palace - $20.000.000 ...

 


Thanks for such news Vladimir. I really couldn´t believe it when i first knew about this from a russian friend. After so many years, it seems to me a dream that one day we could see the red and yellow bricks again amidst the greenery, and the grey tower above.

Now, do you know if the price given is only for the building itself or is it also for the recreation of the interiors?

Many thanks,

Antonio.
Title: Re: St. Petersburg imperial country residences new
Post by: Vladimir_V. on October 17, 2004, 08:29:18 AM
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Now, do you know if the price given is only for the building itself or is it also for the recreation of the interiors?

As far as I know this is an approximate cost of the building with the interiors and a museum exhibition.
Title: Re: St. Petersburg imperial country residences new
Post by: Vladimir_V. on October 17, 2004, 09:05:35 AM
Pavlovsk. New museum.

The Pavlovsk State Museum-Reserve is going to open The Museum of Costume in the middle of the next year. The new museum will stand on the ground-floor of the north wing of The Pavlovsk Palace. The visitors will see Emperors`s and Empresses`s costumes (including Empress Alexandra`s clothes).
Title: Re: St. Petersburg imperial country residences new
Post by: Vladimir_V. on October 17, 2004, 09:57:43 AM
Pavlovsk. New book.

The Pavlovsk State Museum-Reserve printed the book: Kuchumov A.M. Papers, Memoirs, Letters.- St. Petersburg., 2004. 339 pages. ISBN 5-89468-030-1 (in Russian). Published by "Art-Palas". Edition: 1000 copies.
Unpublished papers (about The Alexander Palace and others), the memoirs about 1920-1930 (The description of the interiors of The Lower Dacha, The Farm Palace...), the letters (1944) with description of the contry residences.

[size=10]The previous Kuchumov`s books:
1. A. Kuchumov, A. Kryzhevskaya. Detskoye Selo. The Catherine Park. Leningrad, 1935. 16 pages.
2. A. M. Kuchumov. Detskoye Selo. Rooms of Alexander II. A Guide-Book. Leningrad, 1935 . 16 pages.
3. A. M. Kuchumov. The Museum of A.V. Suvorov. A Guide-Book. Leningrad, 1954 .
4. A. M. Kuchumov. Pavlovsk. The Palace and the Park. Album. Leningrad, 1976 . 447 pages.
5. A. M. Kuchumov. Russian Interior. 19th century. Album. Leningrad, 1977. 302 pages.
6. A. M. Kuchumov. Pavlovsk. A Guide-Book. Leningrad, 1980. 159 pages.
7. A. M. Kuchumov. Russian decorative art in the collection of the Pavlovsk Palace Museum. Leningrad, 1981. 379 pages.
8. M.G. Voronov, A. M. Kuchumov. The Amber Room. Masterpieces of Decorative and Applied Arts in the Catherine Palace-Museum. Leningrad, 1989. 285 pages.
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Title: Re: St. Petersburg imperial country residences new
Post by: Joanna on October 17, 2004, 12:49:33 PM
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The Pavlovsk State Museum-Reserve printed the book: Kuchumov A.M. Papers, Memoirs, Letters.- St. Petersburg., 2004. 339 pages. (in Russian).Unpublished papers (about The Alexander Palace and others), the memoirs about 1920-1930 (The description of the interiors of The Lower Dacha, The Farm Palace...), the letters (1944-1945) with description of the contry residences.


Many thanks Vladimir for this amazing news! Do you have the ISBN number? Are there photographs? Do you know if the Pavlovsk State Museum Reserve are  translating an English edition in the future and/or negotiating foreign rights?

Joanna
Title: Re: St. Petersburg imperial country residences new
Post by: Joanna on October 17, 2004, 01:56:48 PM
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Last room of this exhibition gives some information about the project of The Lower Dacha restoration.

Further to Vladimir's posts, there is an article in Russian on this restoration with one photo of the ruins and another with a rare view of the Lower Dacha c1910:


Joanna
Title: Re: St. Petersburg imperial country residences new
Post by: Vladimir_V. on April 16, 2005, 12:08:08 PM
The museum "Tsarskoe Selo" is planning to start the restoration of the pavilion the Turkish Bath in the Catherine park. The Turkish Bath (http://eng.tzar.ru/catherine_park/landscape/turkish_bath) was built by architect Ippolito Monighetti in 1850-1852. The pavilion was destroyed during WWII.

(http://www.geocities.com/aa468aa/tur1.jpg)

Title: Re: St. Petersburg imperial country residences new
Post by: Vladimir_V. on April 20, 2005, 11:21:40 AM
Peterhof. Prices 2005.
The Upper Gardens   free
The Lower Gardens   300rub (10.8$, 8.4E)
The Great Peterhof Palace   430rub (15.5$, 12E)
The Special Treasury Museum   400rub (14.4$, 11.1E)
The Grottoes   110rub (4$, 3.1E)
The Hermitage Palace   110rub (4$, 3.1E)
The Marly Palace   110rub (4$, 3.1E)
Monplaisir   290rub (10.4$, 8.1E)
The Bath House and The Assembly Hall   150rub (5.4$, 4.2E)
The Catherine Block   110rub (4$, 3.1E)
The Aviary   110rub (4$, 3.1E)
The Museum of Imperial Yachts   110rub (4$, 3.1E)
The Alexandria Park   free
The Cottage Palace   180rub (6.5$, 5E)
The Gothic Chapel   110rub (4$, 3.1E)
The Exhibition “The Imperial Bicycles”   110rub (4$, 3.1E)
The Museum of Collectors   110rub (4$, 3.1E)
The Museum of Fountains   3000rub (108$, 84E) for a group
The Benois Family Museum   free
The Strelna Travel Palace   110rub (4$, 3.1E)
Title: Re: St. Petersburg imperial country residences new
Post by: Vladimir_V. on April 27, 2005, 01:20:54 PM
New life of iconostasis from Alexander Palace.

In 2002 restoration artists from the Hermitage's own Special Scientific Restoration Workshops restored the campaign iconostasis of Alexander I. This iconostasis (V.K. Shebuev) was placed in AP at the middle of the nineteenth century. This screen was made in 1816 and didn`t follow the Emperor from Russia to Paris, as the scientists supposed before.
Now we can see the AP iconostasis in the Church of Saint Alexander Nevsky in the General Staff building (the Hermitage museum complex). The church was constructed in 1827-30 to Rossi's design with the participation of the painter Antonio Vigi and served as  the private church of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

http://www.hermitagemuseum.org/html_En/11/b2003/hm11_5_19_06.html http://www.hermitagemuseum.org/html_En/13/hm13_3_001.html
Title: Re: St. Petersburg imperial country residences new
Post by: etonexile on April 27, 2005, 05:00:49 PM
Gosh...why can't I win the lottery and be able to spend a splendid month...wandering about St. Petersburg and Tsarskoe Selo...sigh..... :'(
Title: Re: St. Petersburg imperial country residences new
Post by: Vladimir_V. on May 14, 2005, 01:22:15 PM
Tzarskoje Selo
The management of Tzarskoje Selo museum decided to open for visitors the rooms in Zubov Wing of the Catherine Palace. The dimensions of the rooms was restored in 2004. After redecoration (without the renewal of the previous interiors) the rooms will be used for exibitions.

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Title: Re: St. Petersburg imperial country residences new
Post by: Antonio_P.Caballer on May 14, 2005, 09:54:04 PM
Hello Vladimir,

How is that??

They will be opened as exhibition rooms??? Just that?? Sorry, but i´m totally astonished. The last i knew was that they were intended to be restored in due time.
Maria Alexandrovna´s bedroom, for example, had even after the WWII damage retained a lot of its decoration.
I cannot believe all of these rooms will be left unrestored. The Lyons room, for instance, they have all of its lapis decorative elements preserved. And Cameron´s Catherine II´s rooms were some of the most beautiful interiors the man has ever created.
I hope i simply misunderstood the post!!  
Title: Re: St. Petersburg imperial country residences new
Post by: Vladimir_V. on May 15, 2005, 12:38:33 PM
Hello Antonio

You are right. The rooms had after WWII some parts of its decoration. But I believe that the restorers removed these parts. The rooms were used more than 50 years (for a music school, an organization, a studio). I saw the Chinese Hall and some private chambers (with windows to the Agate Rooms). No nothing from the previous decoration. The museum intends to restore these rooms, but not now.
Have you visited this part of the Catherine Palace?
Title: Re: St. Petersburg imperial country residences new
Post by: Antonio_P.Caballer on May 15, 2005, 06:42:07 PM
Thanks so much Vladimir for the information.

I asked to see those rooms that were being restored, and the curator show me Rastrelli´s antechambers that were about to be finished. When i asked her about the Arabesque, Lyon, Chinese, etc she told me there was nothing at all to see. I was then led to the Chapel, which was in very good shape even after the WWII damage. It´s too sad that they destroyed whatever remained of the decoration after WWII. I cannot tell for the Chinese or Catherine´s bedroom, tabatier, etc. but Maria Alexandrovna´s room, for example, was extremelly well preserved, so cannot imagine how they simply ripped out the decorative panels.

In the Arabesque room, after the WWII the restorers discovered traces of the wall paintings from before the room was somewhat altered in the XIX century.(those paintings can be seen in Hau´s famous watercolour of that interior) Kedrinsky´s restoration projects for the several of these rooms are amazing.

Anyway, at least they still intend to restore, though not now, these rooms. I hope i´ll live to see them restored as i especially love Cameron´s work!!

Antonio.
Title: Re: St. Petersburg imperial country residences new
Post by: Vladimir_V. on June 07, 2005, 10:42:35 AM
Tzarskoje Selo

New temporary exhibition “A Hymn of the Victory” was open. The visitors can see the photographs and documents that show the condition of the museum after WWII and the process of the restoration. There are also outline sketches that were made by A.Kedrinsky. (Architect A.A.Kedrinsky (1917-2003) was the chief of the Catherine Palace restoration.)
5 May 2005 – 1 September 2005. The ground floor of the Catherine Palace.
Title: Re: St. Petersburg imperial country residences new
Post by: Antonio_P.Caballer on June 07, 2005, 08:44:54 PM
Hello Vladimir!

Thanks as always for the wonderful news. Have you visited the exhibition? Could you tell us more about it? I really hope they´re selling a catalogue of this exhibition!

Antonio.
Title: Re: St. Petersburg imperial country residences new
Post by: Vladimir_V. on June 08, 2005, 11:51:06 AM
I haven`t  visited the exhibition yet. (It`s very difficult to visit this palace during the summer period!)
Title: Re: St. Petersburg imperial country residences new
Post by: Vladimir_V. on June 15, 2005, 12:45:19 PM
Tsarskoe Selo. Prices 2005.

The Catherine Park   100rub (3.5$, 2.9E)
The Catherine Palace   500rub (17.5$, 14.4E)
The Cold Baths (Permanent Exhibition "Attractions, Weaknesses and Pleasures (Men and Women in Olden Days)" - a small part of Romanov`s erotic collection) and the Agate Rooms   160rub (5.6$, 4.6E)
Permanent Exhibition "Emperor Alexander II and Tsarskoe Selo" (the Ground Floor of Cameron Gallery)   200rub (7$, 5.8E)
Permanent Exhibition "Court Carriages of the 18th throught 20th centuries"  (the Court Stables)   100rub (3.5$, 2.9E)
The Alexander Park   free
The Alexander Palace   260rub (9.1$, 7.5E)
Title: Re: St. Petersburg imperial country residences new
Post by: Vladimir_V. on June 22, 2005, 12:16:01 PM
Tsarskoe Selo

Small temporary exhibition “The Tsarskoe Selo Flowers – Symbol Of Holiday” was open. Statues, porcelain and two tables served and decorated with flowers in the traditions of 18th and 19th centuries. The exhibition is situated in the Grotto (The Catherine Park), that was open after new restoration.
17 June 2005 – 31 August 2005.

About the Grotto:  http://eng.tzar.ru/catherine_park/regular/grooto
Title: Re: St. Petersburg imperial country residences new
Post by: Vladimir_V. on July 05, 2005, 01:52:24 PM
The flower exhibition in the Grotto.

12 photographs:
http://geglov2.narod.ru/Foto/Ekat_p/Ekat_p_f_009_02.htm
Title: Re: St. Petersburg imperial country residences new
Post by: Vladimir_V. on July 11, 2005, 12:37:11 PM
Pavlovsk
A large retrospective exhibition “The Beauty, that was returned to the people” was open in the Pavlovsk Palace. The exhibition was dedicated to the centenary of the artist and restorer A.Treskin`s birth. Anatoly Vladimirovich Treskin (1905-1986) restored the canvases and recreated the plafond paintings in the Pavlovsk Palace after WWII. On display, sketches on restoration the monumental painting in the Pavlovsk Palace (plafonds, wall painting) made in various technique (watercolour, gouache, oil), also lifesize models. Portraits, still life, landscapes highlight Treskin's activity as a painter. A series of oil pictures, personal belongings, awards are from the collection of his daughter.
7 July – 31 October 2005
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Post by: NAAOTMA on July 11, 2005, 01:03:51 PM
How wonderful that Treskin's life and work is being so honored. He is really a hero, and his talent and dedication deserve this exhibition.
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Post by: londo954 on July 11, 2005, 10:37:15 PM
Didn't he also do some work on teh ceiling in alexandra's Dressing Room at teh AP??
Title: Re: St. Petersburg imperial country residences new
Post by: Vladimir_V. on July 19, 2005, 11:35:06 AM
Yes, he did. This painting was made in the begin of XIX centuries, but was destroyed. A.Treskin restored the painted ceiling in 1949. Also he worked in the Upper Bath, the Concert Hall and the Creaking Pagoda.
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Post by: Vladimir_V. on July 19, 2005, 11:35:46 AM
Peterhof
The temporary exhibition “The Gardens and the Fountains of Versailles” was open in the Peterhof Museum of the Collectors. Engravings, paintings, sculptures from the collection of the Versailles Museum. The exhibition devoted to the 300th anniversary of Peterhof (1705-2005). A catalogue was printed in Russian and French: Jardins et Fontaines de Versailles.- Saint-Petersbourg-Peterhof, 2005. Editions “Abris”.
July – September 2005
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Post by: Vladimir_V. on July 26, 2005, 12:36:22 PM
Gatchina
The exhibition “We hastened the approach of this day as we could…” was open in the ruinous Chesme Gallery in the Gatchina Palace. The exhibition devoted to the two dates: the 60th anniversary of the Victory over fascism and the 20th anniversary of the opening the first restored rooms in the Gatchina Palace.
Here you can find some photos: http://history.gatchina.ru/palace/exib/
The translation of the text under photos:
Page 2
photo1 – The Chesme Gallery. Prewar photo M.A. Velichko; photo2 - The Chesme Gallery. The exhibition. 2005; photo 3 – S.N. Balaeva, the chief curator of the museum in 1929-59; photo4 – M.A. Velichko. Photograph 1940. The photographer of the Gatchina palace-museum.
Page 3
photo1 - Locket “Dionis with Sitting Bacchant”. (The detail of the vase from the Marble Staircase); photo2 – “The Sleeping Love” (from the Emperor Alexander III`s Wardrobe). XIX.. Marble. Found in Gatchina; photo3 - Sculptors Remers and Gensens. Lion masks (from the fronts of the courtyard in the Arsenal Wing); photo4,5 – The lids from the vases. Japan. XVIII-XIX. Porcelain. Returned from Germany after WWII. The vases have not found; photo6 – The detail of the table lamp.
Page 4
photo1 – Soviet army near the Gatchina Palace. 26 January 1944.
Page 5
photo1 – The pattern of the bouquet from the bed in the Parade Bedroom. The author L.A. Strizhova; photo2 – The chandelier from the Chesme Gallery. All glass decor was recreated in 2004; photo3 - the portrait of the Emperor Peter III.
Page 6
photo1 – the Chesme Gallery. Photograph 2005; photo2 - the chief of the restoration work V.F. Kirpichev and parquet floor layer S.V. Kotkov. 2005; photo3 – L.A. Strizhova. The model of the White Hall. 1980th. Plaster cast; photo4 – Lidia Alekseevna Strizhova.
Title: Re: St. Petersburg imperial country residences new
Post by: Vladimir_V. on August 03, 2005, 03:10:43 PM
Peterhof
Three new rooms of the Bath House were open after the restoration (the Rest Room, the Sauna and the Swimming Bath with a trick fountain). There is also small room with the antique toilet. The drainage was made in the first quarter of the 18th century.
You can find some information about the Bath House here: http://www.peterhof.org/museums/monpl/ind6.html
Title: Re: St. Petersburg imperial country residences new
Post by: Vladimir_V. on August 21, 2005, 02:09:35 PM
Tsarskoe Selo. New book about the AP.

Tsarskoe Selo. Alexander Palace./Text  by L.Bardovskaya. – Saint-Petersburg: “Alfa-Color”, 2005. 34 pages. ISBN 5-900959-89-9 (in Russian). The book will be published in English in the end of this year.
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Post by: Vladimir_V. on August 27, 2005, 02:01:20 PM
Peterhof
A new museum was open after the restoration: the Tsaritsin pavilion and the Olgin pavilion. The pavilions was built in the middle of XIX century for Alexandra Feodorovna and Olga Nicholaievna (Nicholas I `s wife and his daugther).

The Tsaritsin pavilion

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The Washington’s oak. (The Tsaritsin island)

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Title: Re: St. Petersburg imperial country residences new
Post by: Vladimir_V. on September 02, 2005, 01:29:44 PM
Pavlovsk
New book was published: Elkina A. Do it for me.- St.Petersburg, “Znanie”, 2005.- 488 pages. ISBN 5-7320-0813-6 (in Russian)
The book narrates about Anna Zelenova (1913-1980), who was the director of the Pavlovsk museum from 1941 to 1980. People, war, restoration, her private life, the state and the museum, the battle between the imperial country residences and the Navy in the end of 1940th.
There are a lot of photographs.

(http://www.geocities.com/aa468aa/Zelenova-2.JPG)
Title: Re: St. Petersburg imperial country residences new
Post by: ChristineM on September 02, 2005, 02:14:47 PM
Thank you Vladimir V for keeping all of us up-to-date with the latest events and news of the palaces in and around St Petersburg.

tsaria
Title: Re: St. Petersburg imperial country residences new
Post by: Belochka on September 03, 2005, 02:31:41 AM
May I also extend my gratitude to Vladimir_V for his generous contributions.

Spasibo vam!

Belochka  :)
Title: Re: St. Petersburg imperial country residences new
Post by: Vladimir_V. on September 12, 2005, 01:27:07 PM
Tsarskoe Selo

The Tsarskoe Selo museum starts the new restoration of a ditch around the Hermitage in the Catherine Park. The pavilion was built in 1744-1755 by Rastrelli, but was destroyed during WWII. The front of the pavilion and the ditch were restored in 1960-1970th. Then the oil-painting plafond was recreated. All works was stopped after the economic slump.

About the pavilion: http://eng.tzar.ru/catherine_park/regular/hermitage


The Hermitage in the Catherine Park.

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The ground floor of the pavilion.

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Title: Re: St. Petersburg imperial country residences new
Post by: Vladimir_V. on September 16, 2005, 01:18:55 PM
Peterhof

The Peterhof museum and city continue to celebrate the 300th jubilee. (Peterhof was first mentioned in Peter`s Field Journal, in the entry for 13 September 1705). Last week Belgian enthusiasts and sponsors from different countries gave a carillon (51 bells) to the Peterhof. The anniversary present was placed on the tower of the Cavalier building near the Upper Garden.

There is a possibility to hear the Peterhof carillon (download a file with 1 min home video – 3Mb): http://www.peterhof.ru/temp/karilion.exe

See also the sponsors` site: http://www.beiaardschool.be/peterhofEnglish.htm  (didn`t update since October 2004).

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Post by: Vladimir_V. on September 26, 2005, 12:27:54 PM
Gatchina

Not many people know that 3 years ago the pictorial Priory palace was open after a long restoration (complex restoration of the palace started in 1970s). The palace was built in the end of XVIIIth century from an unusual building material – adobe, i.e. earth compressed in moulds. Now two floors of the palace are used for the permanent and temporary exhibitions from the collections of the Gatchina museum.

There is the official site in English: http://history.gatchina.ru/priorat/eindex.htm

The Priory palace

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Title: Re: St. Petersburg imperial country residences new
Post by: Vladimir_V. on October 04, 2005, 12:58:31 PM
Peterhof

In the center of Peterhof near the Upper Garden a monument to A.Rubinstein was set up. Famous composer and pianist Anton Rubinstein lived in Peterhof many years and died here in his own house in 1894.

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Title: Re: St. Petersburg imperial country residences new
Post by: Vladimir_V. on October 04, 2005, 01:00:06 PM
Peterhof

In the end of the summer season the Peterhof museum had the traditional evening Fountain Festival, which attracted up to 100000 guests. In this year, on the 300th Anniversary of Peterhof, the festival was stunning.

There are photographs of the Fountain Festival 2004:
http://www.peterhof.ru/?m=145&album=11
http://www.peterhof.ru/?m=145&album=10

The last day of the fountains function is October 9. But live does not die here even in winter as the permanent displays in the museums are open.
Title: Re: St. Petersburg imperial country residences new
Post by: Vladimir_V. on October 23, 2005, 01:42:39 PM
New books in English

Konstantinovsky Palace. Strelna./Text by V.Gerasimov.-St.Petersburg, Ivan Fiodorov Art Publishes, 2005. 176 pages. ISBN 5-93893-279-3

Tsarskoye Selo.The Imperial Summer Residence./ Text by L.Bardovskaya.- St.Petersburg, Alfa-Colour Art Publishes, 2005. 208 pages. ISBN 5-94795-071-5

Approximate cost - $30-40.
Title: Re: St. Petersburg imperial country residences new
Post by: Belochka on October 23, 2005, 11:18:56 PM
Thank you for presenting these new books Vladimir_V!

I will have to watch out for the Tsarskoe Selo publication. :)
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Post by: Vladimir_V. on October 31, 2005, 12:57:24 PM
Pavlovsk

Last week the Zelenova`s Study in the first floor of the Right Wing of the Pavlovsk Palace was open as a Memorial Room. (Anna Zelenova managed the palace during and after the WWII.)

(http://www.geocities.com/aa468aa/studyz.JPG)

Title: Re: St. Petersburg imperial country residences new
Post by: Vladimir_V. on November 14, 2005, 12:17:07 PM
Peterhof

New book was published: The Imperial Yachts./ Text by V.Tenihina. – St. Petersburg, 2005. “Abris” Publishers. ISBN 5-88810-010-5, 33 pages, 110 photographs.
The book describes the Museum of the Imperial Yachts, that was open two years ago in the Peterhof Lower Park (near the quayside).

The Peterhof quayside in the evening

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Post by: Vladimir_V. on November 20, 2005, 01:26:17 PM
Tsarskoe Selo

On November 28-30 2005 the State Museum “Tsarskoe Selo” holds the 11th Research Conference “Curators”. By tradition the conference will be accompanied by an exhibition of objects, which speakers will talk about. Collected articles will be published.

Program: http://www.tzar.ru/news?PHPSESSID=10ce89e0a6004f09ffb5b371c7951478#87 (in Russian)
Title: Re: St. Petersburg imperial country residences new
Post by: londo954 on November 20, 2005, 03:33:35 PM
 Check out the last day of the conference the entire day seems to be devoted to the Alexander Palace. Compared to the last one which did not include it at all I think its a tremendous improvement
Title: Re: St. Petersburg imperial country residences new
Post by: Mike on November 21, 2005, 05:09:45 AM
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 the entire day seems to be devoted to the Alexander Palace.

The words "Alexander Palace" don't appear in the conference program even once...
Title: Re: St. Petersburg imperial country residences new
Post by: BobG on November 21, 2005, 05:22:49 AM
Mike,
What do they refer to the palace as?
Bob G
Title: Re: St. Petersburg imperial country residences new
Post by: londo954 on November 21, 2005, 08:22:42 AM
My Mistake I was reading the program for 1998.....pitty I would have like to have seen that presentation. Sorry for the error. The English translation of the current one is not up on the board I guess
Title: Re: St. Petersburg imperial country residences new
Post by: Vladimir_V. on November 30, 2005, 12:18:27 PM
Pavlovsk
New temporary exhibitions were open in the Right Wing of Pavlovsk Palace (the wing near the Palace Chapel):
“From the Ashes and the Ruins” (photographs)
and
“Beautiful Faces of the Russian Kingdom”. From the collection of Pavlovsk Palace, shown are the portraits of the Romanov`s family members, from the era of Catherine II till the epoch of Nicholas II.
November 2005 – May 2006

The entrance to the new exhibition halls in the Right Wing:

(http://www.geocities.com/aa468aa/pavl1.JPG)
Title: Re: St. Petersburg imperial country residences new
Post by: Vladimir_V. on December 06, 2005, 12:51:17 PM
Strelna
New official site of the National Congress Palace (the Konstantinovsky Palace) in Strelna: http://www.konstantinpalace.ru/eng/eng.htm
Excursion programs: http://www.konstantinpalace.ru/eng/service/excursion.htm
Virtual excursions (360 deg. view): http://www.konstantinpalace.ru/rus/photo/virtual.htm
Plan: http://www.konstantinpalace.ru/eng/contacts/scheme.htm
Title: Re: St. Petersburg imperial country residences new
Post by: Vladimir_V. on December 19, 2005, 12:16:36 PM
Tsarskoe Selo

The Tsarskoe Selo museum received a grant for the development of a museum informative system. The system will be used for the new exhibition halls in the Catherine Palace (the Zubov`s Wing and the Special Amber Treasure and the Jewels Treasure that will be open in the basement). The creation of the new tourist tracks in the Catherine Palace has to increase the profit up to 30%.

Catherine`s rooms near the Zubov`s wing:

(http://www.geocities.com/aa468aa/cath.JPG)
Title: Re: St. Petersburg imperial country residences new
Post by: Vladimir_V. on December 23, 2005, 01:21:22 PM
Peterhof

The fire destroyed a quarter of the Farm Palace. But the main rooms (Alexander`s study, Maria`s rooms and others) don`t have damages. The Peterhof museum didn`t change the plans and the first rooms of the Farm Palace will be open in the next year. The Farm Palace will be the 20th museum that will be open after WWII in the museum complex of Peterhof.
Title: Re: St. Petersburg imperial country residences new
Post by: BobG on December 23, 2005, 01:29:44 PM
Vladimir,
Thanks so much for the update.  This is more hopeful than the news we've been getting.  I'm glad that they will move forward with the opening.
Bob G
Title: Re: St. Petersburg imperial country residences new
Post by: Vladimir_V. on January 08, 2006, 12:03:55 PM
Peterhof

Photograph 1 and 2 - Farm Palace after fire. January 2006.
1.
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2.
(http://www.geocities.com/aa468aa/farm1-2.JPG)

Plan of the first (ground) floor. The ruinous rooms are marked by red colour.

(http://www.geocities.com/aa468aa/farm1.JPG)

Title: Re: St. Petersburg imperial country residences new
Post by: Vladimir_V. on January 15, 2006, 11:15:03 AM
Gatchina

A new exhibition was open in the Gatchina Palace.
Pavel I`s things (personal belongings).
Description of the exhibition (in Russian) and some photographs:
http://history.gatchina.ru/events/paulroom.htm
Title: Re: St. Petersburg imperial country residences new
Post by: Vladimir_V. on January 20, 2006, 01:15:39 PM
Peterhof

An exhibition “New accessions. 2003-2005” was open in the Peterhof museum. In this period the museum bought more than 17000 goods including rarities from the Farm Palace and the Lower Palace.
December 2005 – March 2006.

Catalogue:   The State Museum-Reserve “Peterhof”. New Accessions. 2003-2005. – Abris Publishing House, St-Petersburg, 2005. 256 pages. ISBN 588810-064-9 (in Russian).

The furniture from the Lower Palace:

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Title: Re: St. Petersburg imperial country residences new
Post by: Greg D on January 23, 2006, 02:04:48 AM
Thanks Very Much Vladimir for your regular posts regarding news on these beautiful palaces  :)

Im sure I speak for many when I say they are very much appreciated, even though we may not always say so after each post ! You are an asset to these boards.

samoe bolshoe spacibo !

Greg
Title: Re: St. Petersburg imperial country residences new
Post by: Faberge on January 24, 2006, 02:19:49 PM
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Peterhof

Photograph 1 and 2 - Farm Palace after fire. January 2006.
1.
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2.
(http://www.geocities.com/aa468aa/farm1-2.JPG)

Plan of the first (ground) floor. The ruinous rooms are marked by red colour.

(http://www.geocities.com/aa468aa/farm1.JPG)



Vladimir_V. ,

Might I ask if the three graceful rooms on the left of the blueprint were among those ruined? Didn't one abut on to the conservatory?

All the paintings and photographs damaged or destroyed are lamentable.

Thank you kindly for these reports.

Faberge
Title: Re: St. Petersburg imperial country residences new
Post by: Vladimir_V. on January 28, 2006, 02:14:09 PM
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Might I ask if the three graceful rooms on the left of the blueprint were among those ruined?
Faberge

The Farm Palace is a complex of the buildings. The fire destroyed west service wing – former cowshed (right red rooms on the plan). The museum planned to use this part for the exhibition of the costumes and for the stuff. The east wing with main rooms (you see this wing on the photographs) was more lucky. The director said that it will be open for public in this year (Lobby, Dressing Room, Alexander II`s Blue Study).

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All the paintings and photographs damaged or destroyed are lamentable.

All wooden doors and windows were dismounted for the restoration before the fire.
Title: Re: St. Petersburg imperial country residences new
Post by: Vladimir_V. on January 30, 2006, 12:31:53 PM
Gatchina

On May 15-16 2006 the State Museum “Gatchina” holds the Research Conference “Knights of the cross of the Maltese order”. Deadline for papers: 15 February 2006
Contacts: history-gatchina@rambler.ru
http://history.gatchina.ru/newshistory.php?id=23

In the Gatchina Formal Garden:
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Title: Re: St. Petersburg imperial country residences new
Post by: Vladimir_V. on February 09, 2006, 12:36:10 PM
Peterhof

New book was published by Peterhof museum:
Imperial bicycles./Text by N.Vernova. “Abris”, St Petersburg, 2005. 32 pages.
The book describes the collection of the bicycles and related materials from the Peterhof Museum of Imperial Bicycles.

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Title: Re: St. Petersburg imperial country residences new
Post by: Robert_Hall on February 09, 2006, 12:42:00 PM
What an interesting topic to put a book  out on.
I was hoping that the Gatchina conference [Knights of Malta] would be a psiibility for me, but my visit will be in April.
Title: Re: St. Petersburg imperial country residences new
Post by: Vladimir_V. on February 18, 2006, 01:56:54 PM
Oranienbaum

The World Monument Fund in Britain (http://www.wmf.org.uk/) is planning to invest $300 000 in reconstruction of the Chinese Palace in the town of Oranienbaum in 2006. (Restoration of the doors and the windows).
Title: Re: St. Petersburg imperial country residences new
Post by: Vladimir_V. on March 11, 2006, 11:56:26 AM
Tsarskoe Selo

On November 27-29 2006 the State Museum “Tsarskoe Selo” holds the 12th Research Conference “Gardenmania. Russian variant”.
Deadline for requests: April 15 2006
Deadline for papers: June 15 2006
Contacts: musey3@mail.wplus.net
http://www.tzar.ru/news?PHPSESSID=73435e926447b8b5765eb1e4bc46f580#90 (in Russian)
Title: Re: St. Petersburg imperial country residences new
Post by: Vladimir_V. on March 21, 2006, 12:56:22 PM
Tsarskoe Selo

The Tsarskoe Selo Museum started the restoration of the Hermitage Grove (11 hectares) in the Catherine Park. The work includes the restoration of the Hermitage Kitchen, the Fish and the Hermitage Canals (and might be the bridges).
The museum is going to do all works to the beginning of the next year (February 2007).

The Hermitage Grove
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Title: Re: St. Petersburg imperial country residences new
Post by: Vladimir_V. on March 21, 2006, 01:42:57 PM
Sometimes I don`t see the pictures  that I posted (I`m using GeoCities).
I found the reason:

Sorry, this GeoCities site is currently unavailable.
The GeoCities web site you were trying to view has temporarily exceeded its data transfer limit. Please try again later.

If you exceed your data transfer limit, we'll temporarily turn off your web site.

!!!!

Title: Re: St. Petersburg imperial country residences new
Post by: Vladimir_V. on March 25, 2006, 01:02:14 PM
Strelna

New book was published:
Gorbatenko S. The Architecture of Strelna. – St. Petersburg, 2006. 368 pages.
ISBN 5-86007-507-3 (in Russian)
The book was written by the head specialist at the Committee for the State Inspection and Preservation of Historic Monuments in St Petersburg. The last chapter gives the critical analysis of the reconstruction of the palace and the park that was made between 2001 and 2003.

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Title: Re: St. Petersburg imperial country residences new
Post by: Vladimir_V. on March 31, 2006, 11:38:57 AM
Tsarskoe Selo

The museum started the restoration of the Hermitage Kitchen in the Catherine Park. The Hermitage Kitchen will be used as a restaurant.

Of the Hermitage Kitchen: http://eng.tzar.ru/catherine_park/regular/kitchen

(http://www.geocities.com/aa468aa2/herm-kitchen.JPG)
Title: Re: St. Petersburg imperial country residences new
Post by: Vassili_Vorontsoff on April 01, 2006, 01:57:54 PM
Has someone seen the movie Serko adapted from a true story?

It is turned in (for a part in Oranimebaum...Does someone konows if it gave such mney for a restoration?
Thanks Vassili
Title: Re: St. Petersburg imperial country residences new
Post by: Vassili_Vorontsoff on April 02, 2006, 12:21:50 PM
An image of the movie ,in Oraniembaum.The boy in the left is Nicolas 2...and Vladimir Pavlov the young cosak who has traversed all the Russia by horse in order to see the tzar is on the right...
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Vassili
Title: Re: St. Petersburg imperial country residences new
Post by: Vladimir_V. on April 06, 2006, 12:29:11 PM
I haven`t watched the film, but it sounds strange (Nicholas II in Oranienbaum).
Title: Re: St. Petersburg imperial country residences new
Post by: Vladimir_V. on April 06, 2006, 12:30:50 PM
Pavlovsk

New temporary exhibition was open in the Rossi Library of the Pavlovsk Palace: "Grand Duke Mikhail Pavlovich and his family in Pavlovsk". The exhibition was prepared together with the State Hermitage (a short description see here http://hermitage.museum.ru/html_En/04/2006/hm4_2_158.html ).
Title: Re: St. Petersburg imperial country residences new
Post by: Vladimir_V. on April 13, 2006, 11:34:24 AM
Tsarskoe Selo

The Tsarskoe Selo museum started the restoration of the Krasnoselskie (Elephant) Gate in the Alexander Park. The Elephant Gate is situated on the boundary between the Alexander and Babolovsky Parks. The work will be done to July 2006.

(http://www.geocities.com/aa468aa2/elef-gate1.JPG)
( http://geglov2.narod.ru/Spravka/Aleks_p/Aleks_p_PP_s_LP.htm )
Title: Re: St. Petersburg imperial country residences new
Post by: Vladimir_V. on April 26, 2006, 01:12:13 PM
Peterhof

Peterhof fountains start to function on Tuesday May 9 and will work in an experimental regime next two weeks. During this period the fountain masters have to check and regulate all fountains in the Upper Garden and the Lower Park. The official day of the opening is Saturday May 27.

Underground Peterhof
(http://www.geocities.com/aa468aa2/underpeterhof.JPG)

Title: Re: St. Petersburg imperial country residences new
Post by: Arleen on April 27, 2006, 09:54:46 AM
Vladimir, thanks for posting the picture of Peterhof underground.  Most interesting!  Do you have any more on the subject?

Arleen
Title: Re: St. Petersburg imperial country residences new
Post by: Vladimir_V. on April 29, 2006, 01:12:09 PM
I have one more. I`ll post it on the next week.
Title: Re: St. Petersburg imperial country residences new
Post by: Vladimir_V. on May 04, 2006, 01:13:08 PM
Peterhof. The underground tunnels with fountain pipes.

(http://www.geocities.com/aa468aa2/underpeterhof2.JPG)

Title: Re: St. Petersburg imperial country residences new
Post by: Vladimir_V. on May 04, 2006, 01:16:06 PM
Gatchina

New book was published: The Imperial Church in the Gatchina Palace. –St Petersburg, 2006, 64 pages.

Church in the Gatchina Palace today.

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Title: Re: St. Petersburg imperial country residences new
Post by: Vladimir_V. on May 08, 2006, 12:48:52 PM
Pavlovsk

The Pavlovsk museum started new restoration of the Temple of Friendship. The previous restoration was made in 1958. The pavilion will be used for the temporary exhibitions.
Of the temple: http://www.pavlovskart.spb.ru/english/park/pavilions/page7.html

The Temple of Friendship. Interior.

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Title: Re: St. Petersburg imperial country residences new
Post by: Arleen on May 09, 2006, 01:20:28 PM
Thanks for posting the new picture on the tunnels Vladimir....I don't exactly know why but this intrigues me no end.

Do they give tours down there or how did you get the pictures?  The tunnels themselves must be HUGE to maintain all of those fountains...the brick work is incredable to me.  I love the pictures....

Thank you so much!

Arleen
Title: Re: St. Petersburg imperial country residences new
Post by: Jay on May 09, 2006, 07:13:11 PM
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Peterhof

Peterhof fountains start to function on Tuesday May 9 and will work in an experimental regime next two weeks. During this period the fountain masters have to check and regulate all fountains in the Upper Garden and the Lower Park. The official day of the opening is Saturday May 27.

Underground Peterhof
(http://www.geocities.com/aa468aa2/underpeterhof.JPG)



The pics are magnificent!! To be totaly honest, I didn't know that the tunnels were so big. The piping system is elaborite I might add. I'm wondering just how old the system really is. It looks like a lot of new parts were added not too long ago as well. Hmm... I wonder what the cost of maintaining that system costs? Please forgive the stupid questions. I'm just curious.
Title: Re: St. Petersburg imperial country residences new
Post by: Vladimir_V. on May 12, 2006, 12:48:19 PM
There are special tours.

Of the cost of maintaining. It`s very expensive. (We can multiply: 5 000 000 tourists every year x 100rub (average price of the ticket in the Lower Park) = 500 000 000rub = $18 500 000.)
Title: Re: St. Petersburg imperial country residences new
Post by: Vladimir_V. on May 12, 2006, 12:53:07 PM
Tsarskoe Selo. Exhibitions 2006.

Gubar`s Collection
June – September
Catherine Palace. Ground Floor of the Zubov`s Wing (!)

Drawing Lesson
July – October
Cold Baths

To the 12th Research Conference “Gardenmania” (the exhibition of objects, which speakers will talk about)
November 27-30
Catherine Palace. Chapel Anteroom.

http://www.tzar.ru/exhibitions (in Russian)
Title: Re: St. Petersburg imperial country residences new
Post by: Vladimir_V. on May 17, 2006, 12:55:55 PM
Gatchina

New rooms (the Oval Boudoir(1), the Tower Study(2), the Dressing Room(3), the Green Corner Room(4)) were open in the Gatchina Palace after the restoration.

Photographs: http://history.gatchina.ru/arhiv/anfilada.htm

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Title: Re: St. Petersburg imperial country residences new
Post by: gleb on May 17, 2006, 01:43:04 PM
Thanks a lot for telling us!

It's wonderful to see that restorations are still in progress, I just hope they will soon start the restoration of the arsenal wing. I suppose it should not be too expansive, those rooms were just stuccoed.

What do you think?

Thanks again
Title: Re: St. Petersburg imperial country residences new
Post by: Belochka on May 17, 2006, 10:18:37 PM
[ch1057][ch1087][ch1072][ch1089][ch1080][ch1073][ch1086] [ch1042][ch1083][ch1072][ch1076][ch1080][ch1084][ch1080][ch1088]!
(Thank you Vladimir!)

I enjoyed browsing through the Gatchina website.

In several weeks I will able to see all this for myself.
 :D
Title: Re: St. Petersburg imperial country residences new
Post by: Vladimir_V. on May 21, 2006, 01:51:34 PM
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It's wonderful to see that restorations are still in progress, I just hope they will soon start the restoration of the arsenal wing. I suppose it should not be too expansive, those rooms were just stuccoed.
What do you think?

It`s very optimistic point of view. They haven`t got money. New rooms were open but decoration of the rooms wasn`t completed. The restorers didn`t paint the ceiling and wall panels of the Oval Boudoir, didn`t reproduce the wall fabrics (green silk) in the Tower Study. In the Dressing Room some wall panels haven`t got the stucco architectural details.
It`s also essential to recreate the ceramic stove that the Oval Boudoir had before the fire of 1944.
The work with the gilt wooden carvings wasn`t completed also (in the Crimson Room, the State Bedroom, the Tower Study).
However in this year the museum is going to open for public Alexander III`s Rooms in the Arsenal Wing (as exhibition rooms).


I forgot: small room between #3 and #4 (the Passage Room) was restored also.
Title: Re: St. Petersburg imperial country residences new
Post by: Vladimir_V. on May 22, 2006, 12:25:59 PM
Tsarskoe Selo

New bell for the Feodorovsky Cathedral

(http://www.geocities.com/aa468aa2/bell.JPG)

Title: Re: St. Petersburg imperial country residences new
Post by: Vladimir_V. on May 24, 2006, 11:56:54 AM
Gatchina

The Gatchina museum and the State Hermitage opened new exhibition “Knights of the Maltese Order” in the Priory Palace.
A short description see here: http://www.hermitagemuseum.org/html_En/04/2006/hm4_2_169.html
Of the Priory Palace in English: http://history.gatchina.ru/priorat/eindex.htm

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Title: Re: St. Petersburg imperial country residences new
Post by: gleb on May 25, 2006, 10:59:34 AM
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However in this year the museum is going to open for public Alexander III`s Rooms in the Arsenal Wing (as exhibition rooms).


I know all the restoration works will take not years but decades, anyway the last news are very interesting.

Title: Re: St. Petersburg imperial country residences new
Post by: Arleen on May 25, 2006, 12:21:16 PM
Please, will someone tell us more about the tunnel that goes from the Priory Palace to the Gatchina Palace?  Also about the other tunnels running underground all over the area?  

Thanks,
Arleen
Title: Re: St. Petersburg imperial country residences new
Post by: Vladimir_V. on May 26, 2006, 11:16:28 AM
From   http://history.gatchina.ru/priorat/elegend.htm

The Priory has always been regarded as a place of secrets and mysteries. Various legends about it have appeared, one after another. One of the most striking of these concerns the existence of a secret underground passage, supposedly connecting the Priory palace with the Gatchina imperial palace. There existed a popular belief that Paul I ordered his chamber, in the first tier of the Guard Tower, to be connected with the chamber of the prior of the Maltese order in the Priory palace.

During the strengthening of the foundations the restorers did, indeed, come unexpectedly upon an underground passage. One of the bolder spirits among them went along it for about 100 metres, but to continue further without special equipment was too risky. At the start of the passage its ceiling was high enough for a man to stand upright, but became gradually lower. The passage was lined with stone. The exact purpose of this mysterious tunnel was not clear. In the opinion of the restorers the passage runs beneath several reservoirs and is a part of old Gatchina's underground lines
Title: Re: St. Petersburg imperial country residences new
Post by: Vladimir_V. on May 26, 2006, 12:03:41 PM
I can add only that there is a tour to the underground tunnel (from the Gatchina Palace to the lake in the park). Interesting and cold even in the summer. I don`t know of ghosts, but there is loud echo!

Secret staircase (S) from the Pavel I`s rooms to the tunnel.

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Title: Re: St. Petersburg imperial country residences new
Post by: Arleen on May 27, 2006, 09:32:27 AM
How wonderful Vladimir!  Thanks for the info.  Have you been down there?

What do you know about the rumour of Karinsky escaping thru a tunnel to a grotto when they were closing in on him?  

Arleen
Title: Re: St. Petersburg imperial country residences new
Post by: Vladimir_V. on June 01, 2006, 12:41:05 PM
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How wonderful Vladimir!  Thanks for the info.  Have you been down there?
What do you know about the rumour of Karinsky escaping thru a tunnel to a grotto when they were closing in on him?  
Arleen

Tunnel is a part of the museum today.

As far as I know Kerensky used this tunnel.
Title: Re: St. Petersburg imperial country residences new
Post by: Vladimir_V. on June 01, 2006, 12:47:29 PM
Tsarskoe Selo

Town newspaper published an interview with deputy director of Tsarskoe Selo museum V. Rozov.

From the article:
(http://www.geocities.com/aa468aa2/rozov.JPG)

Journalist: - What new are you going to show your guests in this season?
V. Rozov: - We are going to open after restoration the Tower Ruins in the Catherine Park.
………..
Title: Re: St. Petersburg imperial country residences new
Post by: Vladimir_V. on June 01, 2006, 12:54:50 PM
In the last part of the article the journalist asked of the gold for the front of the Catherine Palace.
V. Rozov: - We are going to start gilding in 2007 by sputtering deposition in vacuum (we will take away the carving, deposit a thin gold layer in the special vacuum chamber and then put it back). We have got gold (137 kg), but the cost of the work comes to $56 000 000  :o and we haven`t found money yet.
Title: Re: St. Petersburg imperial country residences new
Post by: Vladimir_V. on June 08, 2006, 01:12:23 PM
Pavlovsk

In the North Wing of the Pavlovsk Palace, the museum has arranged new permanent exhibition entitled “Imperial Costumes. XVIII - beginning of XX centuries”. There are five Alexandra`s costumes.
In the last room I saw two pictures from the Alexander Palace:
Trifonov I. Portrait of Alexei. 1906. Oil on canvas. (from the Pallisander Room).
Sant J. Portrait of Alice of Hesse (Alexandra`s mother). 1878. Oil on canvas. (from the Mauve Room).

North Wing
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Title: Re: St. Petersburg imperial country residences new
Post by: Vladimir_V. on June 15, 2006, 12:33:52 PM
Oranienbaum

New temporary exhibition in the Menshikov Palace: "Here he built himself a small fortress..." (Marking the 250th Anniversary of the Founding of the Peterstadt Fortress).

The State Hermitage Museum has loaned exhibits to the show therefore we can find some information of the exhibition on the Hermitage website: http://www.hermitagemuseum.org/html_En/04/2006/hm4_2_174.html

The central hall of the Menshikov Palace in Oranienbaum.
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Title: Re: St. Petersburg imperial country residences new
Post by: Arleen on June 15, 2006, 01:31:32 PM
Does anyone know if there are any drawings/paintings or even photographs of this small fort?  (Or have I missed it elsewhere in the forum?)

Arleen
Title: Re: St. Petersburg imperial country residences new
Post by: Vladimir_V. on June 16, 2006, 01:31:00 PM
The fortress is not exist today. There are the gates (#18) and Peter 111’s palace (#17) only.

See a map here : http://www.oranienbaum.org/index.php?menu=karta
Plan of the fortress: http://www.oranienbaum.org/img/anpe1.jpg
Peter 111’s palace (museum): http://www.oranienbaum.org/img/6.jpg
The website of Oranienbaum: http://www.oranienbaum.org/ (in Russian).
Title: Re: St. Petersburg imperial country residences new
Post by: Vladimir_V. on June 25, 2006, 12:41:44 PM
Tsarskoe Selo

Ground floor of the Zubov Wing of the Catherine Palace was open as the exhibition rooms. The first exhibition is “The Gift of Gubar. P.Gubar’s Collection in the Museum and Libraries of Russia”.
22.06.06 - 20.09.06

Ground floor of the Zubov Wing (the view from the Arsenal Room)
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Corridor in the Zubov Wing
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Title: Re: St. Petersburg imperial country residences new
Post by: Vladimir_V. on June 27, 2006, 01:06:48 PM
Of the exhibition

(http://www.geocities.com/aa468aa2/zubov3.JPG)

Title: Re: St. Petersburg imperial country residences new
Post by: Vladimir_V. on June 27, 2006, 01:09:00 PM
Plan of the ground floor (Alexander II`s suite).
(http://www.geocities.com/aa468aa2/zubovplan.jpg)

1. Bosket staircase (extant)
2. Corridor
3. Exit to the three-cornered court
4. Entrance Room
5. Reception Room
6. Room for Imperial Standards
7. Arsenal Room
8. Asiatic Room
9. Study
10. Dressing Room
11. Footman`s Room
12. Wardrobe Room
13. Exit to the Private Park
14. Wooden Staircase to the Catherine II`s Bedroom

Exhibition “The Gift of Gubar”:
rooms 5-12.

Title: Re: St. Petersburg imperial country residences new
Post by: Vladimir_V. on July 02, 2006, 01:06:49 PM
Oranienbaum

The museum printed new book about the war time and the post-war restoration:
Mudrov Yu., Lebedinskaya M. Oranienbaum. 1940th. - St Petersburg, 2005. 68 pages, more then 90 photographs.


The renovated front of the Katalnaya Gorka Pavilion (the Riding Hill). Unfortunately the museum have not found money for the interiors yet.

(http://www.geocities.com/aa468aa2/oran.JPG)

Title: Re: St. Petersburg imperial country residences new
Post by: Arleen on July 02, 2006, 02:34:53 PM
Vladimir, are there any pictures taken after World War II of the damage to the palaces in the book?  Anything you could post for us?  I am always curious to see the damage and what they had to deal with to restore these marvelous buildings.

Thank you for sharing with us, we appreciate it!

Arleen
Title: Re: St. Petersburg imperial country residences new
Post by: Vladimir_V. on July 04, 2006, 12:45:28 PM
There are interesting photographs. I`ll try to scan.
Title: Re: St. Petersburg imperial country residences new
Post by: Vladimir_V. on July 07, 2006, 12:20:11 PM
The book
(http://www.geocities.com/aa468aa2/oran2.JPG)
Title: Re: St. Petersburg imperial country residences new
Post by: Vladimir_V. on July 07, 2006, 12:22:23 PM
The Riding Hill. The shell destroyed a staircase.
(http://www.geocities.com/aa468aa2/oran3.JPG)
Title: Re: St. Petersburg imperial country residences new
Post by: Arleen on July 07, 2006, 06:25:18 PM
The World War II photos are fantastic.....if there are more please post them.

Thanks so much Vladimir!

Arleen
Title: Re: St. Petersburg imperial country residences news
Post by: Vladimir_V. on July 31, 2006, 02:32:14 PM
Tsarskoe Selo

New temporary exhibition was opened in the museum: “The lesson of drawing” – the drawings of Nicholas I and his children.
July – October
the Cold Baths in the Catherine Park
About the Cold Baths: http://eng.tzar.ru/catherine_park/regular/cameron_ensemble/cold_baths
News release (in Russian): http://www.tzar.ru/news
Title: Re: St. Petersburg imperial country residences news
Post by: Vladimir_V. on August 02, 2006, 02:08:53 PM
Peterhof

New temporary exhibition was opened in the Museum of the Collectors:
Architect Leonty Benois. To the 150th Anniversary of the Birth.
L. Benois (1856-1928) was the author of the Tsarskoe Selo Race Track (stands) and
the belfry of the Sofia Cathedral. He also built the St Mary Magdalene church in Darmstadt.
The church was built in 1897-1899 on demand of Empress Alexandra.
A small catalog was printed (in Russian):
Leonty Benois. To the 150th Anniversary of the Birth. St Petersburg, 2006, 26 pages.

Title: Re: St. Petersburg imperial country residences news
Post by: Vladimir_V. on August 06, 2006, 02:57:42 PM
Tsarskoe Selo

The museum started the restoration of the Arabesque Hall and the Lyon Room.
Date of term (conceivably 2010) will depend on the finance situation.
The cost of the renovation of the Arabesque Hall is $5 000 000.
Title: Re: St. Petersburg imperial country residences news
Post by: Vladimir_V. on August 09, 2006, 02:21:48 PM
Tsarskoe Selo

The museum published the plans of restoration to the 300th anniversary of Tsarskoe Selo (1710-2010):

Catherine Palace
     The Arabesque Hall and the Lyon Room
     New exhibition rooms in the basement
     and others
Catherine Park
     The Lower Bath
     The Concert Hall
     and others
Alexander Palace
     The front of the Palace
Alexander Park
     Renewal of the two Chinese bridges

Title: Re: St. Petersburg imperial country residences news
Post by: BobAtchison on August 10, 2006, 02:38:54 PM
Vladimir:

Thanks for telling us...

That is a huge disappointment - they could have restored some of the rooms of the palace?  What are they spending all the hundred of millions they are getting?  I can't believe this.

NOTHING WILL BE DONE AT THE AP EXCEPT THE FACADE in the next 4 years! Incredible!

Which chinese bridges are being removed - I assume they mean they will be restored.

Bob
Title: Re: St. Petersburg imperial country residences news
Post by: ChristineM on August 10, 2006, 04:16:09 PM
I share your bitter disappointment Bob, and it is not the impression I was given.   The 'excuse' still remains the naval occupation.   For some reason it seems the Russian authorities find it impossible to bite the bullet and address the dilemma the Alexander Palace seems to represent for them.   There is more to this than an inability to move the few members of naval personnel remaining in the building or to raise the funding.

The Chinese Bridge at the Golden Gates, has had the granite vases and metal 'coral' restored in recent years.   I know they propose replacing the Mandarin lamps on the four pediments.   The Dragon Bridge does not require any work, but Cameron's other superb Chinese Bridge, beyond the Chinese Theatre, is desperately in need of repair and restoration.   It is falling apart.

This does not begin to add up to the kind of sums of monies set aside for restoration work prior to the 2010 anniversary.

tsaria
Title: Re: St. Petersburg imperial country residences news
Post by: Ortino on August 11, 2006, 08:02:24 AM
As terribly disappointed as I am with that news, I have to be pleased with the fact that something is actually being done. The deplorable state of the Alexander Palace facade has been mentioned over and over again and while I had hoped that more might have been accomplished, this is still an important improvement nonetheless. I believe that once it is completely fixed, it will draw more people to the AP. Rather than seeing a run down palace with a crumbling facade, they'll see a gleaming building much like its neighbor, the Catherine Palace. The neoclassical architecture of the building is lovely with its clean lines and simplicity, and I think it will just take some sprucing up for people to recognize its true beauty. Does anyone know if they're replacing the roof?
Title: Re: St. Petersburg imperial country residences news
Post by: ChristineM on August 11, 2006, 11:42:44 AM
You asked the vital question, Ortino.   One really severe winter and that roof will collapse.   It leaks like a sieve - including the 'new' roof.   Nobody knows if it will standup to a significant snowfall.   In that sense, fortunately, snowfall in recent years has been diminishing.   15 inches of snow across one square metre area weighs = 440 lbs or over 31 stones - at the very least.   It depends on the type of snow.   

As for smartening up the facade, this reminds me of Potemkin villages.

tsaria
Title: Re: St. Petersburg imperial country residences news
Post by: Vladimir_V. on September 02, 2006, 01:49:41 AM
In the previous years the museum recreated the furniture.

Bookcases for the libraries

(http://www.geocities.com/aa468aa2/bookcases.JPG)

Title: Re: St. Petersburg imperial country residences news
Post by: Vladimir_V. on September 02, 2006, 01:52:28 AM
Strelna

New temporary exhibition on the second floor of the Travel Peter I`s Palace:
Jerusalem voyage of the Grand Duke Konstantin Nicholaevich. 1859.
Of Strelna Travel Palace: http://www.peterhof.org/museums/strelny/ind2.html
Title: Re: St. Petersburg imperial country residences news
Post by: Vladimir_V. on September 06, 2006, 11:55:38 AM
Reburial of Empress Maria Fedorovna

Program of events (Kronstadt – Peterhof – Tsarskoe Selo – St Petersburg):
http://www.reburial.um.dk/en/menu/ReburialEvents/TheReburialCeremony/ProgrammeOfEventsInRussia/

(from the official website of reburial: http://www.reburial.um.dk/en )
Title: Re: St. Petersburg imperial country residences news
Post by: Mazukov on September 06, 2006, 09:11:54 PM
Isn’t  fitting that her remains be brought back to be with her family.
Title: Re: St. Petersburg imperial country residences news
Post by: Vladimir_V. on September 09, 2006, 02:32:20 AM
New exhibition “Emperor Alexander III and Empress Maria Feodorovna” (“Manezh” State exhibition hall. St Petersburg) from the collections of Tsarskoe Selo, Gatchina, Pavlovsk and others Russian museums.
7 September – 8 October 2006
Photographs: http://history.gatchina.ru/events/amanege.htm

Title: Re: St. Petersburg imperial country residences news
Post by: Vladimir_V. on September 22, 2006, 12:40:29 PM
Tsarskoe Selo

The Society of Friends of the State Museum-Preserve 'Tsarskoye Selo'
website in English: http://eng.tzar.ru/str1_eng
Title: Re: St. Petersburg imperial country residences news
Post by: Vladimir_V. on September 26, 2006, 02:53:27 PM
Peterhof

Maria Feodorovna monument was open today in Peterhof near Cottage (sculptor V.Klykov).
http://www.5-tv.ru/news/12012.html

Pier in Peterhof
http://www.pravda.ru/photo/report/maria-1491/1/
http://www.pravda.ru/photo/report/maria-1491/4/

Gothic chapel
http://www.pravda.ru/photo/report/maria-1491/6/

Title: Re: St. Petersburg imperial country residences news
Post by: Vladimir_V. on October 01, 2006, 12:53:37 PM
Peterhof

New temporary exhibition in the Museum of Collectors: ‘Danish porcelain in Russia. 1880th-1917’. From the collections of Peterhof, Pavlovsk (from the Alexander Palace), Gatchina museums and others. Porcelain, photographs, documents.
September 26 – November 26
Detailed illustrated catalog was printed.

The tiger from the Nicholas II`s rooms in the Alexander Palace
(http://www.geocities.com/aa468aa2/porc1.JPG)
Title: Re: St. Petersburg imperial country residences news
Post by: Vladimir_V. on October 08, 2006, 07:22:06 AM
From Peterhof to Strelna on foot

The restoration of the Peterhof Lower Road (from Alexandria to Strelna town) was completed.
You can walk through Znamenka and Michajlovka Parks, visit the Znamenka Palace (there is a cafe).

The floorplans of the Znamenka Palace (it is a rest house today)
(http://www.geocities.com/aa468aa2/znamenka1.JPG)
http://www.geocities.com/aa468aa2/znamenka2.JPG
Title: Re: St. Petersburg imperial country residences news
Post by: ChristineM on October 08, 2006, 11:42:07 AM
This is wonderful news Vladimir.   As you know, it has long been my ambition to travel this road.   I had only imagined travelling by car.   Walking is infinitely more interesting and exciting.   How many kilometres?   Do you know?

tsaria
Title: Re: St. Petersburg imperial country residences news
Post by: Vladimir_V. on October 09, 2006, 01:48:53 PM
Alexandria Park (Admiral House) – Znamenka Palace: 900m
Znamenka Palace – Michajlovka Palace: 2400m
Michajlovka Palace – Konstantinovsky Park: 3100m (not so interesting way as previous two)

(From Peterhof Grand Palace to Znamenka Palace: 3400m)

The vestibule of the Znamenka Palace
(http://www.geocities.com/aa468aa2/znamenka3.JPG)
Title: Re: St. Petersburg imperial country residences news
Post by: ChristineM on October 09, 2006, 02:48:36 PM
Sounds a very reasonable distance for a very interesting walk.

Is it possible to pass the Konstantinovichi Palace on the Lower Road?   I would have thought there would be a considerable security presence.

tsaria
Title: Re: St. Petersburg imperial country residences news
Post by: Vladimir_V. on October 10, 2006, 01:37:04 PM
Is it possible to pass the Konstantinovichi Palace on the Lower Road? 
tsaria

No, we need to use the Upper Road (highway) and buy a ticket in the ticket office (the crossing of the highway and the east boundary of the Konstantinovsky Park)

The Dancing Hall on the second floor of the Znamenka Palace (and balcony for the musicians)
(http://www.geocities.com/aa468aa2/znamenka4.JPG)
Title: Re: St. Petersburg imperial country residences news
Post by: gleb on October 11, 2006, 04:47:39 AM
THANKS a lot, Vladimir,

for these pics and floor plans!!


gleb
Title: Re: St. Petersburg imperial country residences news
Post by: Vladimir_V. on October 23, 2006, 11:50:35 AM
Oranienbaum

Two companies donated $11 000 000 for the restoration of the interiors of the Riding Hill. Moreover in 2007 the government is going to assign means ($20 000 000) for the restoration of the Chinese Palace and the Menshikov Palace and promised to find a new building for the institute that is located in the Menshikov Palace today.
Title: Re: St. Petersburg imperial country residences news
Post by: ChristineM on October 23, 2006, 02:20:43 PM
And meanwhile the Alexander Palace...................   WHY???

tsaria
Title: Re: St. Petersburg imperial country residences news
Post by: Vladimir_V. on October 24, 2006, 12:21:21 PM
Because it is unknown palace for the most of the people.
Title: Re: St. Petersburg imperial country residences news
Post by: Vladimir_V. on October 30, 2006, 11:28:22 AM
Tsarskoe Selo

The restoration of the Tower Ruins in the Catherine Park was completed.
The museum is going to open new exhibition halls inside. (Future exhibitions: Tower Ruins as a Monument of Russian-Turkish War, English Garden of Catherine the Great, Ruins in the European Parks.)

News release (in Russian): http://www.tzar.ru/news?PHPSESSID=6c29e5a2a0cbcdf14826c86fa44ba2d8#98

Of the Tower Ruins: http://eng.tzar.ru/catherine_park/landscape/tower_ruins

Title: Re: St. Petersburg imperial country residences news
Post by: Vladimir_V. on November 12, 2006, 12:55:42 PM
Peterhof

Interview of Vadim Znamenov, director of Peterhof Palaces and Parks Complex (in Russian):
http://www.interfax.ru/r/B/sz/222.html?menu=32&id_issue=11615938

First Rooms of the Farm Palace will be open for visitors in the next year. (The Alexander II`s Blue Study and all staircases were restored in this year. The restoration go on in the Maria Alexandrovna`s Study and some other rooms.)
During last nine months the museum bought more than 9000 items including a sofa from Maria Alexandrovna`s Study and a statue ‘Girl with Doggy’ from the Farm Palace Garden.

Title: Re: St. Petersburg imperial country residences news
Post by: gleb on November 13, 2006, 01:13:02 PM
I' m looking forward to seeing how the restoration works were made. Do you think the Farm will open in the first part of the next year or after?
Title: Re: St. Petersburg imperial country residences news
Post by: Vladimir_V. on November 13, 2006, 01:26:37 PM
I hope first restored rooms of the Farm Palace will be opened in the end of the next year.
Interview is a resource to attract more public attention. It is not mean that they really open it in the next year. All will be depend on finance.
Title: Re: St. Petersburg imperial country residences news
Post by: gleb on November 14, 2006, 01:52:50 PM
I hope it will open soon, I want to see how much Hau's watercolours are reliable.
 I suppose the curators will have to take some furnitures from the Cottage.
Title: Re: St. Petersburg imperial country residences news
Post by: Vladimir_V. on November 21, 2006, 12:49:47 PM
Tsarskoe Selo

November 27-29
12th Tsarskoe Selo Research Conference “Gardenmania”

Program (in Russian): http://www.tzar.ru/news?PHPSESSID=03f12e58a9824aee58e6476ee0d792ee#99
Title: Re: St. Petersburg imperial country residences news
Post by: Vladimir_V. on December 10, 2006, 12:54:13 PM
Tsarskoe Selo Museum bought a portrait of Alexandra Feodorovna, that was painted by Franz Krüger:

After Franz Krüger
Portrait of Empress Alexandra Feodorovna, née Princess Charlotte of Prussia (1798-1860), wife of Emperor Nicholas I
signed in Cyrillic 'Hesse' (lower right)
oil on canvas
37¾ x 31½ in. (95.9 x 80 cm.)

48,000.00 British pounds
Christie`s Nov 29 2006 London
Title: Re: St. Petersburg imperial country residences news
Post by: Vladimir_V. on December 24, 2006, 02:27:02 AM
Projects of Gasprom skyscraper
(exhibition in the Academe of Fine Art, Nov. 11, 2006)

http://www.enlight.ru/camera/news/06_nov/index2.html

The winner - RMJM London Limited (second and third photographs)
I think we see this building from Tsarskoe Selo
Title: Re: St. Petersburg imperial country residences news
Post by: Vladimir_V. on January 07, 2007, 12:22:29 PM
Tsarskoe Selo

A commercial competition on the website: http://gostorgi.ru

Object of the contract: Creation of the scientific project of the Alexander Palace restoration.
Period: Mar 2007 – Nov 2007
Receiving of the demands: 09/01/2007 – 30/01/2007
Result of competition: 13/02/2007
Date of publication: 28/12/2006
http://gostorgi.ru/244-574.htm (in Russian)
Title: Re: St. Petersburg imperial country residences news
Post by: Vladimir_V. on February 08, 2007, 01:59:27 PM
Tsarskoe Selo

The museum completed new restoration of the Picture Hall in the Catherine Palace and the Upper Bath in the Catherine Park. The work was supported by the State ($1.500.000 for the Picture Hall and $700.000 for the Upper Bath).

News release (in Russian): http://www.tzar.ru/news?PHPSESSID=9e903ac784ebfcb209e5885a0ec7bec2#101

Of the Picture Hall in English: http://eng.tzar.ru/catherine/picture
the Upper Bath: http://eng.tzar.ru/catherine_park/regular/upper_bath

Title: Re: St. Petersburg imperial country residences news
Post by: Vladimir_V. on February 10, 2007, 11:03:21 AM
Tsarskoe Selo

On the 30 of January, 2007 there was a meeting of the members of the Society of Friends of the Tsarskoe Selo Museum. Member of the Society Michael Romanoff Ilyinsky presented an old toy “locomotive” (the gift of his grandfather) that will be exhibit in the Alexander Palace.

The Society of Friends of the Tsarskoe Selo Museum: http://eng.tzar.ru/str1_eng?PHPSESSID=6962d4a45561d34633a66b13037b3f78

Title: Re: St. Petersburg imperial country residences news
Post by: Vassili_Vorontsoff on February 11, 2007, 05:14:28 PM
vLAD,

I've seen your links on restoration,in fact what have been restored in the upper bath and in the portarait hall?wHAT IS PECULIAR IS THAT it has ever been resotred at the occasion of the reconstruction only 30,40,50 years ago(does this damaged so much during this time?)And as for the toy,is it a reconstructed one?


I found this water colour of the portrait hall...
(http://i146.photobucket.com/albums/r248/vassiliv/Russia/pictureroomengravingjpg.jpg)
P.S:Have you ever seen the alteration of the building of the KGB (before and after revolution)I could scan but I'm not really coninve that many would eb interested...I could send it to you!
Title: Re: St. Petersburg imperial country residences news
Post by: Vassili_Vorontsoff on February 11, 2007, 05:59:46 PM
Does the orangerie in T.Selo still exiST?

Do some have shots of it,or info?


Title: Re: St. Petersburg imperial country residences news
Post by: Vladimir_V. on February 12, 2007, 12:56:22 PM
Quote
I found this water colour of the portrait hall

It is Peterhof.

The Portrait (Picture) Hall in the Great Peterhof Palace consists of 368 female portraits painted by Pietro Rotari.
The Picture Hall in the Catherine Palace consists of 130 works by western European masters from the 17th and 18th centuries from various schools.
Look: http://eng.tzar.ru/content/images/TS10.jpg

or
Peterhof Picture Hall is a room with fireplaces
TS Picture Hall is a room with high ovens
Title: Re: St. Petersburg imperial country residences news
Post by: Vladimir_V. on February 12, 2007, 01:13:43 PM
Does the orangerie in T. Selo still exist? Do some have shots of it or info?

Today it is a part of St Petersburg State Agrarian University
http://spgau.spb.ru/gallery/displayimage.php?album=1&pos=19

Title: Re: St. Petersburg imperial country residences news
Post by: Vladimir_V. on February 12, 2007, 01:24:04 PM
I've seen your links on restoration,in fact what have been restored in the upper bath and in the portarait hall? WHAT IS PECULIAR IS THAT it has ever been resotred at the occasion of the reconstruction only 30,40,50 years ago(does this damaged so much during this time?)
Well, I think you repair your flat each 5-10 years! The Catherine Palace is a big flat that visited thousands guests every year!

Quote
I could send it to you!
Ok
Title: Re: St. Petersburg imperial country residences news
Post by: Vassili_Vorontsoff on February 19, 2007, 10:44:27 AM
The orangerie in Tsarskoye Selo

(http://i146.photobucket.com/albums/r248/vassiliv/sub_wm.jpg)
Title: Re: St. Petersburg imperial country residences news
Post by: Vladimir_V. on February 19, 2007, 12:04:23 PM
Tsarskoe Selo

Restoration of the Turkish Bath in the Catherine Park:

June 14, 2006: http://www.fisp.spb.ru/index.php?page=242&lng=ru
September 2006 http://www.fisp.spb.ru/index.php?page=281&lng=ru
http://www.fisp.spb.ru/index.php?page=224&lng=ru

Title: Re: St. Petersburg imperial country residences news
Post by: Vladimir_V. on February 19, 2007, 12:26:39 PM
Tsarskoe Selo

Restoration of the Hermitage Kitchen and the Hermitage Grove in the Catherine Park:

June 14, 2006 http://www.fisp.spb.ru/index.php?page=223&lng=ru
July 2006 http://www.fisp.spb.ru/index.php?page=231&lng=ru
August 2006 http://www.fisp.spb.ru/index.php?page=243&lng=ru
September 2006 http://www.fisp.spb.ru/index.php?page=280&lng=ru
http://www.fisp.spb.ru/index.php?page=222&lng=ru

The Fish Canal
(http://www.fisp.spb.ru/images/objects/0609_4_01.jpg)
Title: Re: St. Petersburg imperial country residences news
Post by: Vladimir_V. on February 22, 2007, 11:26:09 AM
Pavlovsk

Restoration of the Temple of Friendship:

August 2006 http://www.fisp.spb.ru/index.php?page=244&lng=ru
September 2006 http://www.fisp.spb.ru/index.php?page=276&lng=ru
November 2006 http://www.fisp.spb.ru/index.php?page=319&lng=ru
http://www.fisp.spb.ru/index.php?page=226&lng=ru

(http://www.fisp.spb.ru/images/objects/0609_5_01.jpg)

Title: Re: St. Petersburg imperial country residences news
Post by: Vladimir_V. on February 26, 2007, 11:37:13 AM
Tsarskoe Selo

New book was published:

Davydova N., .. The Catherine Cathedral in Tsarskoe Selo. –St.Petersburg, 2006. 128 pages.
Title: Re: St. Petersburg imperial country residences news
Post by: Vladimir_V. on March 21, 2007, 03:40:46 PM
Tsarskoe Selo

Private person donated $1 million on the restoration of the Quarenghi interiors in the Alexander palace.

Title: Re: St. Petersburg imperial country residences news
Post by: Vassili_Vorontsoff on March 21, 2007, 03:47:20 PM
It's a great thing!

I hope this will come to the awareness to  great busnissmen in Russia,if they they take care of their patrimony in as tate whre the lack of fund is blatant ,this could bring a new area for historical buildings there.

Do you know,hox it would be used Vlad?For what rooms?
Thank you so much,
V
P.S:I've send you a personal mail.
Title: Re: St. Petersburg imperial country residences news
Post by: BobG on March 22, 2007, 06:27:51 AM
Does this mean that Nicholas and Alexander's changes (the Maple room & the New Study) will be restored to the Concert Hall?
It seems a shame to destroy the history of the most important residents of the palace.  Their "lifestye" is probably far more important historically than the Quarenghi interiors.

BobG
Title: Re: St. Petersburg imperial country residences news
Post by: Vladimir_V. on April 09, 2007, 10:43:54 AM
Sorry for the long silence.
It is very strange idea, Bob. I have never heard that anybody in Tsarskoe Selo museum wants to recreate the Concert Hall. It is impossible. It sounds like to destroy the Catherine Palace because we want to recreate first small palace of Catherine I, wife of Peter I.
We never see this Quarenghi interior.
Title: Re: St. Petersburg imperial country residences news
Post by: Vladimir_V. on April 09, 2007, 10:45:35 AM
New exhibition in the Pavlovsk Palace:
Grand Duchess Vera Konstantinovna. (Pavlovsk 1906 – 2001 New York)
(the youngest daughter of Grand Duke Konstantin Konstantinovich, the owner of Pavlovsk)
April 2007 – December 2007
Title: Re: St. Petersburg imperial country residences news
Post by: Vassili_Vorontsoff on April 22, 2007, 01:03:11 PM
Vlad,

In the post I send to you I talked about some shots of  the agathe rooms in tsarskoye Selo.

I send some:
(http://i146.photobucket.com/albums/r248/vassiliv/uoio_.jpg)
(http://i146.photobucket.com/albums/r248/vassiliv/ugi.jpg)
(http://i146.photobucket.com/albums/r248/vassiliv/j.jpg)
Title: Re: St. Petersburg imperial country residences news
Post by: Tsarfan on April 24, 2007, 10:26:44 AM
Does this mean that Nicholas and Alexander's changes (the Maple room & the New Study) will be restored to the Concert Hall?
It seems a shame to destroy the history of the most important residents of the palace.  Their "lifestye" is probably far more important historically than the Quarenghi interiors.

I would argue that being the last  resident does not make one necessarily the most important  resident.  Alexander I and Nicholas I (whose favorite residence was the Alexander Palace) were more important historically than Nicholas II, whose real claim to fame was marrying for love instead of policy, bringing hemophilia into the Russian royal family, isolating the monarchy from the stanchions of its support among the nobility and military, and losing the throne.

Nor do I think that preserving the Alexander Palace as Nicholas and Alexandra knew it contributes that much to our understanding of their lifestyles.  We have vastly more photographic evidence of their lifestyles than of their immediate predecessors', as well as more letters, diaries, and memoires.  Also, Nicholas and Alexandra simply adapted the Alexander Palace as best they could to their needs and desires.  If one wants really to understand them in their preferred domestic settings, it is better to study Livadia, which was entirely their own creation, or the New Palace (which is being rebuilt, I believe), in which they lived far more than is generally recognized.  In fact, they were often resident at the New Palace when officially reported to be at the Alexander Palace.

Most Russians rightly focus on the entire history of their monarchy, paying more attention to the accomplishments of Peter I and Catherine II than to the failures of Nicholas II.  Hence the palaces associated with the glories of the Russian monarchy -- Peterhof, the Winter Palace, the Catherine Palace, Pavlovsk -- justifiably get the money, the attention, and the crowds.

The real claim to fame of the Alexander Palace is not that it was the last residence of Nicholas and Alexandra, but that it is one of the world's jewels of neo-classical architecture.  It is the unfortunate association of the Alexander Palace with Nicholas and Alexandra and the fetishistic association of the building with their melodramatic fates that has obscured the real role of the palace as a document to one of Russia's greatest architects and the patrons of superb taste who engaged him.

I, for one, would love to see the Alexander Palace returned as much as possible to the masterpiece Quarenghi built.  And the Concert Hall was the largest space he created there, being the terminus of a magnificent suite of neoclassical parade rooms that had no equal in that style in Russia . . . or anywhere else of which I know.
Title: Re: St. Petersburg imperial country residences news
Post by: ChristineM on April 24, 2007, 02:39:06 PM
Vassili, thank you for posting these wonderful photographs of the Agate rooms, they do justice to Charles Cameron's geniuis.   

There are plans afoot to 'restore' the Agate and Jasper rooms.   I really hope not.   Prior to his death, Prince Ranier of Monaco was in discussion about funding their restoration.   Prince Albert has remained resolutely tight-lipped on this matter since his father's death.   The Agate rooms were not - in terms of the general destruction of the ensemble - seriously damaged during WWII.   This was because they were used as the officers' mess during the occupation.   Conservation would not be horrendously expensive.

Tsarfan - I can understand your wish to see that corner of the Alexander Palace restored to Quarenghi's original plan.   I agree that is an obvious and, I have to say, easy decision.    Irrespective of what you feel about Alexandra Feodorovna as an Empress consort, her participation in the creation of the Maple Room was unfairly ridiculed.   This room was absolutely unique - not only in Europe, but in the world.   It was a work of remarkable originality and superb craftsmanship.   It would be my preference to see this extraordinary example of Style Moderne/Art Nouveau/Jugendstil restored.   However, it probably is much more economic to return to the Quarenghi original.

Additionally, the Alexander Palace was used as a home, as Tsarfan writes, by successive monarchs and heirs of the Russian throne.   My preference would be to see the development and progression of the one hundred and twenty three years of occupation reflected in the various fashions and styles.   

However tempting it might be to return the Alexander Palace to its 18th century neo-classical glory, so much would be lost in doing so.   Instead of what once was a living organism, what we would find would be like a fly captured in the amber of time.

My principle concern is to see the structure secured.   $1,000,000 will not even nod at the vast sums required just to do this.

tsaria
Title: Re: St. Petersburg imperial country residences news
Post by: Arleen on April 24, 2007, 06:55:44 PM
The Agate Room pictures are breathtaking Vasilli, thank you for posting them.

My personal opinion, tho it will never mean anything except to myself, is to have the AP renovated to exactly the time of Nicholas and Alexandra and their family.  That historic period is so important.

Tsaria, the news about the Monaco Royal family is stunning to me, I do hope that Albert will carry thru with plans for a great deal of money for restoration, but not necessarily for the Agate rooms to be restored.  Being selfish I want the 1910 era to come alive again.  But who could ever restore the Maple room?  That has always been my favorite room, the design was breathtaking and so moderne and far sighted of Alexandra and her brother Ernie.  So special!

Oh!  That I had a few million to donate.....

Arleen
Title: Re: St. Petersburg imperial country residences news
Post by: hikaru on April 25, 2007, 01:37:36 AM
Please do not forget, that Agate rooms were only one place which remained after the war without any changes .
So the scope of restoration work in Agate rooms and Maple room are not the same.
Title: Re: St. Petersburg imperial country residences news
Post by: Tsarfan on April 25, 2007, 08:19:10 AM
Irrespective of what you feel about Alexandra Feodorovna as an Empress consort, her participation in the creation of the Maple Room was unfairly ridiculed.   This room was absolutely unique - not only in Europe, but in the world.   It was a work of remarkable originality and superb craftsmanship.   It would be my preference to see this extraordinary example of Style Moderne/Art Nouveau/Jugendstil restored.   However, it probably is much more economic to return to the Quarenghi original.

Being a huge fan of the art nouveau movement myself, I agree with your assessment of the Maple Room, Tsaria.  (I have spent hours roaming Barcelona, which has some of Europe's most interesting art nouveau architecture).

However, I tend to view interior design of such a high order as an art form that stands somewhat independent of its owner.  Consequently, I would love to see the Maple Room reconstructed as a lesson in the history of interior design in some museum (with all due credit given to Alexandra and her brother).  However, inside the Alexander Palace I have always felt it introduced a dissonant note into a grand symphony.  Like classicism, art nouveau encompassed all the plastic arts and was conceived to be part of a whole incorporated into exterior and interior structures, furniture, fabrics . . . even picture frames.  I have always thought it must have been jarring to pass from the New Study into a severely classical hallway and then to open the doors onto a pure art nouveau space.

I think palaces such as the Winter Palace are amenable to all kinds of interior modifications, reflecting many eras and styles, without any assault on the whole.  While the Winter Palace was conceived as a baroque edifice, it is just so huge and so "institutional" in purpose and execution that it can be many things at once without undermining the integrity of the whole.  An art nouveau wing or suite in the Winter Palace would make perfect sense.  An art nouveau room  in the Alexander Palace never has to me.

Palaces such as the Alexander Palace strike me as far more "of a piece", with each part inherently dependent on the others.  I liken it more to Pavlovsk, which is the enchanting place it is because it is a fully-integrated masterpiece of consonant interior and exterior design.  I shudder to think what would have been lost had it been a more convenient resident for Nicholas and Alexandra and wound up as the jarring hodge-podge of art nouveau, arts-and-crafts, Jugenstil, neo-Gothic, Eastlake, and classical spaces the Alexander Palace became.

This would bother me a lot less if Nicholas' and Alexandra's renovations had been restricted to the private wing north of the Concert Hall.  That had been, after all, isolated space of no real consequence to the integrity of the palace's design, no matter what anyone did with it.  However, I think the Concert Hall was one of the anchor's of Quarenghi's grand design for the parade spaces, and its loss was truly regrettable.

Please, though, everybody . . . these are highly personal matters of taste and preference, and I would not presume to get into a heated interchange on what's the "right" or "wrong" thing to do with the Alexander Palace.  I save that kind of heat for political and social history, where I think the consequences of various choices are more profound.
Title: Re: St. Petersburg imperial country residences news
Post by: ChristineM on April 25, 2007, 01:14:10 PM
Tsarfan - a world without culture would be the most hostile of environments - political and social history both prove this.   

Regarding the Alexander Palace, in my opinion, Quarenghi's single stroke of genius in the design of the building lies in its double colonnade.   What we see today is a 'poor' variant of Catherine's original aspirations.   (I have to say, I am relieved the roofs are not littered with statuary, but its a pity the chimneys have gone.)   So, from the word 'go', the Alexander Palace has been modified to suit the developing tastes of and modern conveniences for successive occupants.     

The Alexander Palace was not designed as a state residence.   From the outset it was planned as a family home which could accommodate state occasions.   Surely the occupants of that home ought not to have been constrained in their chosen style of life purely to suit the architectural tastes of following generations?   I am fortunate to have two Victorian homes.   In both cases, walls have been erected and removed (with historic building planning permission) purely to facilitate the way my family chooses to live in the 21st century.    No butlers and maids nowadays!   Equally, Victorian sanitary arrangements were somewhat lacking.   Why should we stop to think about the tastes of whoever will be occupying here in a hundred year's time? 

For Russians and tourists alike, the only reason they are interested in the Alexander Palace is because of the Nicholas/Alexandra assocation.   Indeed up until the Nazi occupation of 1941, after the Winter Palace, the Alexander Palace was the most popular visitor attraction in the Soviet Union.   

I don't know if you have ever 'done' the chateaux of the Loire or the Schlosses of the Rhine, the palaces of St Petersburg and its environs can have a similar effect - in a short space of time, every place begins to look the same.   I have my own reasons for caring passionately about the Alexander Palace, but at the same time I can understand the attraction for visitors to see and feel an atmosphere of domesticity.   In my opinion it is Peter the Great's kitchen and living accommodation in Monplaisir which is by far the most interesting and atmospheric part of the entire Peterhof Palace complex.

I cannot see how leaving the New Study to enter the Corner Drawing Room could be interpreted as 'jarring'.  (The corridor does not belong to any period - just plastered walls with no decoration).    I am fortunate enough to have made this 'transition' frequently.   On the contrary, it is not 'jarring'.   It is like passing from one world into another.   And the Corner Salon was deliberately designed as a 'medulla oblongata' - a crossover between the imperial and private worlds.   Therefore, it is only too easy to see how attractive this transition would be for people cast in the role of emperor and empress.

 At the end of the day, the Alexander Palace was their home and the redesign was their choice.   I can see that for some the destruction of the Concert Hall was nothing short of an act of vandalism, but alongside the destruction wreaked on Russia - political, social, cultural, religious -  in the years immediately following the overthrow of Romanov rule, it is rather insignificant.

tsaria

   

   

Title: Re: St. Petersburg imperial country residences news
Post by: Tsarfan on April 25, 2007, 03:40:25 PM
In my opinion it is Peter the Great's kitchen and living accommodation in Monplaisir which is by far the most interesting and atmospheric part of the entire Peterhof Palace complex.

I know exactly what you mean.  I have visited the Biltmore House (the largest private residence ever built in the U.S.) several times but enjoyed it most after the private service areas were opened up so that one could see the "below stairs" working of the household.  Ditto with Versailles, as the renovations began to extend to the private apartments of Mesdames and lesser lights.  And one of the most fascinating pictures I ever saw of the Catherine Palace was a watercolor of Alexander I's bedroom, with his boots standing by a chair and some clothes tossed casually onto furniture.  It really brought home a sense that there was a time people actually lived in these spaces.

Truth be told, part of the reason I would prefer the restoration of the Concert Hall is that I just do not find the private lives of Nicholas and Alexandra appealing . . . largely because I think their succumbing to their private needs and desires had so much to do with the destruction of the Russian monarchy and the passing of these magnificent buildings from venues of human activity into sterile museum space -- or worse.  This is distinctly at odds with the fact that I literally froze when standing in front of Monomakh's Cap, realizing it had once crowned the head of Peter the Great.  I'm as capable of a fetishistic bout as the next person and, just as with the next person, it seizes me when it involves something associated with someone I admire and leaves me cold when the object is associated with someone I abjure.

Oh, well . . . no one is going to ask me what to do with the Alexander Palace in any case.
Title: Re: St. Petersburg imperial country residences news
Post by: ChristineM on April 26, 2007, 03:58:08 AM
I can fully appreciate what you write Tsarfan.   Like Bob, I have seen Romanov descendants - you know, progeny of the people who plotted, schemed against and ultimately left Nicholas, Alexandra and their children to face their fates - fall on the handles and on the French doors of the Semi-Circular Hall, crying copiously and asking, 'Are these the handles they touched... are these really the doors the walked through... on their way to exile?'    Oh, don't get me started.

If you haven't visited Monplaisir, it is a MUST.   It is my favourite of all Russian imperial/aristocratic palaces.   Its situation alone is breathtaking.   The Niznhy Dvorets was in a similar situation, overlooking the Finnish Gulf.   I think it looked ghastly - like a lego castle.   Perhaps Tsarfan is right, Nicholas, Alexandra, Elizabeth and Ernie had a bit of a taste bypass - excepting the Maple Room.   However, I still feel that any restoration at the Alexander Palace should reflect the last reign.   After securing the structure, I would begin with the Childrens' Rooms.   On reflection however, so effectively has the Nicholas and Alexandra occupation been expunged from the place, it will take the work of a genius to recreate it.

tsaria
Title: Re: St. Petersburg imperial country residences news
Post by: Vassili_Vorontsoff on April 26, 2007, 09:36:09 AM
Tsarfan,you are a bit tough with Nicolas II,probably was he weak but as regards to the reach of his politic even nowadays in Russia's society,I think it is important to preserve the alexander palace in his last state as the place of life of Nicolas....

Livadia,was probably much more a creation of their own than the Alexander palace,however according to the time they passe there (constructed in 1911)and according to the fact that Tsarskoye Selo was the heart of the power until revolution ,Alexander palace is probably the best place to embody their life style...

Personaly,I see the lost of the concert ball as a failure nevetheless if Russians are desiderous to reconstruct it and if they have enough funds it could be possible to create a museum of fine arts (decorative arts )like Musée Caranavalet in Paris http://www.paris.fr/portail/Culture/Portal.lut?page_id=6468
In this museum ,rooms of ancient palaces were recreated,doing in such way in Russia could be a compromise (no destrucion in the palace)but I'm doubtfull Russians would be interested to proceed in that way...
Title: Re: St. Petersburg imperial country residences news
Post by: Arleen on April 26, 2007, 12:16:11 PM
Vassilli, you may be very young but are also very wise.  I like your thinking about why they should restore the Alexander Palace.  I agree with you and not Tsarfan.

A
Title: Re: St. Petersburg imperial country residences news
Post by: Tsarfan on April 26, 2007, 03:38:31 PM
Livadia,was probably much more a creation of their own than the Alexander palace,however according to the time they passe there (constructed in 1911)and according to the fact that Tsarskoye Selo was the heart of the power until revolution ,Alexander palace is probably the best place to embody their life style...

I think this discussion opens up a very fundamental question, Vassili, about what it is that Russia should try to preserve from her imperial past.  The question is whether the set of palaces that the government chooses to restore and maintain should be a general canvas of the evolution of imperial architecture, art, and life over a couple of centures or whether it should memorialize particular individuals . . . or be a mixture of the two.

When Pavlovsk was restored, it was not restored to the state in which it existed at the time either of the revolution or its destruction during World War II . . . or to the state in which Maria Feodorovna, its primary patron and most ardent lover, last knew it.  It was restored to the state conceived by its designers before the 1803 fire.  The Winter Palace has largely been converted into a memorial to the history of imperial art collecting instead of being preserved as the home of Elizabeth, Catherine II, or Nicholas I, who had the biggest impacts on the complex.  The Catherine Palace had ceased to be viewed as an imperial residence well before the revolution, and it is being restored largely to its pre-war state rather than being made a specific memorial to its builder or to its most significant resident, Catherine II.

With the exception of a few places associated with Peter the Great, almost no restoration in Russia is being done with an eye to creating a memorial to specific rulers.  What palace has been deliberately returned to a specific condition because  Catherine the Great, Alexander I, or Alexander II knew it in that state?

So, to me, the question is what makes Nicholas and Alexandra the special case for turning a palace into a personal memorial?  Their contributions to Russia were largely negative compared to the above four rulers.  Their contributions to Russian art and architecture were largely debasing (except that I do rather like Livadia and the Maple Room).  In so many ways, they represented not the pinnacle of imperial Russia, but its nadir.

You won't believe this after all my posts on this topic . . . but I actually don't care that much what they do with the eastern wing of the Alexander Palace.  What really fascinates me about this discussion is what it says about why we all focus so much on the last reign of the Romanovs.  I still cannot shake the feeling that this desire to make the palace a memorial is more about the desire to make of Nicholas and Alexandra more in death than they were in life.  And I still cannot shake the feeling that this is more about a deep emotional need to imagine that the revolution was just a bad collective dream and that the Romanovs rule on.  And please don't be offended.  I share that desire myself and come to this site to fight it on some days and to succumb to it on others.
Title: Re: St. Petersburg imperial country residences news
Post by: Arleen on April 27, 2007, 02:40:45 PM
No, its just because Nicholas and Alexandra were the LAST!

Arleen
Title: Re: St. Petersburg imperial country residences news
Post by: Vladimir_V. on May 02, 2007, 02:22:55 PM
Strelna

Michailovka palace and park (between Strelna and Peterhof) were closed for the reconstruction. The complex will be used for the high business school of the St Petersburg State University.
http://www.gov.spb.ru/press/foto/men_school

The owners of Michailovka (the palace was built in 1857-1861):
1861-1909 Michail Nicholaevich, the youngest son of the Emperor Nicholas I;
1909-1917 Sergei Michailovich;

1919-1941 The Children Settlement “Krasnye Zori” (“Red Daybreaks”). This very successful school was created by I.Ionin;
1941-1944 The palace was destroyed;

1945-1955 Bird farm;
1956-1960th Reconstruction;
before 1967 The children`s home;
1968-1970th Reconstruction (with restoration of some rooms);
1970th-2003 The Holiday Hotel;

2006-2007 Reconstruction with the building of a campus for the St Petersburg State University.
Title: Re: St. Petersburg imperial country residences news
Post by: Vassili_Vorontsoff on May 05, 2007, 08:03:26 AM
Strelna

Michailovka palace and park (between Strelna and Peterhof) were closed for the reconstruction. The complex will be used for the high business school of the St Petersburg State University.
http://www.gov.spb.ru/press/foto/men_school


2006-2007 Reconstruction with the building of a campus for the St Petersburg State University.


That is quite a good news!!!

Vassia
P.S:I'm looking forward to hear from you Vlad...
Title: Re: St. Petersburg imperial country residences news
Post by: Vladimir_V. on May 13, 2007, 01:39:01 PM
Peterhof fountains start to work every day.
(Mon – Fri  11.00 – 17.00; Sat – Sun  11.00 – 18.00)

Under the Lower Park:
(http://www.geocities.com/aa468aa/fsyst6.jpg)

(http://www.geocities.com/aa468aa/fsyst5.jpg)

(http://www.geocities.com/aa468aa/fsyst4.jpg)

Title: Re: St. Petersburg imperial country residences news
Post by: ChristineM on May 13, 2007, 02:17:44 PM
Thank you Vladimir.   I find these photographs of 'industrial' architectural history at least as fascinating as rooms filled with sparkling crystal and gleaming gold.

tsaria
Title: Re: St. Petersburg imperial country residences news
Post by: Arleen on May 16, 2007, 06:30:34 PM
I love these photos Vladimir, for some reason I have always been fascinated with tunnels, no matter what went along thru them.  How I would love to see pictures of the tunnels from the Alexander Palace.
Thanks for posting these, what a huge network of pipes and tunnels were used to service those fabulous fountains.....

Arleen
Title: Re: St. Petersburg imperial country residences news
Post by: Vladimir_V. on May 24, 2007, 12:36:23 PM
Peterhof

The Thailand will spend $6 million to restore the left wing of Peterhof Palace to mark the 110th anniversary of King Chulalongkorn's visit to Russia.
(These 10 rooms and the Palace Church are the last unrestored rooms in the Peterhof Great Palace.)
 

Title: Re: St. Petersburg imperial country residences news
Post by: gleb on May 26, 2007, 07:23:30 AM
Peterhof

The Thailand will spend $6 million to restore the left wing of Peterhof Palace to mark the 110th anniversary of King Chulalongkorn's visit to Russia.
(These 10 rooms and the Palace Church are the last unrestored rooms in the Peterhof Great Palace.)
 
http://webevents.bernama.com/ssig/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=9713


Are these rooms part of the old app. of Olga Nikolaevna, where there is that huge and orrible conference room?
Title: Re: St. Petersburg imperial country residences news
Post by: Vladimir_V. on May 26, 2007, 12:24:16 PM
Yes, you are right. In the Nicholas II`s time these rooms were used as an appartment for the VIP guests.

"Huge and horrible" conference room was created after WWII and used by Peterhof citizen many years.
When I was 10 it was a nice cinema!
Title: Re: St. Petersburg imperial country residences news
Post by: Vladimir_V. on May 26, 2007, 12:40:03 PM
Tsarskoe Selo

Temporary exhibitions 2007

Porcelain of Herend (porcelain factory in Hungary that started to work in 1839 and was popular in 1850-1870th)
the Zubov Wing of the Catherine Palace

Tsarskoe Selo in the Past (of monuments and pavilions that were in the TS parks before WWII)
the Upper Bath

Flowers of Tsarskoe Selo (exhibition of the flowers and porcelain)
the Grotto

Lesson of Drawing (the drawings of Nicholas I and his children)
the Cold Bath
Title: Re: St. Petersburg imperial country residences news
Post by: Vassili_Vorontsoff on May 27, 2007, 09:30:19 AM
In other words,what rooms would be clearly restored?
As a mattter of fact,would it be a restoration or a recreation(if the rooms has not been restored since the war)?

Thank you,
V.
Title: Re: St. Petersburg imperial country residences news
Post by: gleb on May 27, 2007, 01:17:51 PM
In other words,what rooms would be clearly restored?
As a mattter of fact,would it be a restoration or a recreation(if the rooms has not been restored since the war)?

Thank you,
V.

It will be a recreation becouse that appartment was not reconstructed after WW2
Title: Re: St. Petersburg imperial country residences news
Post by: Vladimir_V. on May 28, 2007, 10:39:40 AM
Gatchina

New exhibition in the Gatchina museum: Family of Emperor Alexander III in Gatchina
(photographs, paintings, furniture, porcelain, memorial items of Alexander III and his children).
The exhibition is working in the Arsenal Wing of the Gatchina Palace
(private rooms of Alexander III, Maria Feodorovna and Ksenia Alexandrovna).
Title: Re: St. Petersburg imperial country residences news
Post by: Vladimir_V. on June 20, 2007, 01:58:14 PM
Tsarskoe Selo

Moscow patriarchy (the owner of the Feodorovsky Gorodok) started to repair
the technical systems and the roofs of the buildings of the FG.

(http://www.geocities.com/aa468aa2/Fedg2.jpg)
Title: Re: St. Petersburg imperial country residences news
Post by: Vladimir_V. on June 22, 2007, 01:18:39 PM
Some photos that I took at the exhibition in the Arsenal Wing of the Gatchina Palace. (Unfortunately it is very very poor museum).

Vestibule
(http://www.geocities.com/aa468aa2/Arskare2.jpg)

Marble Staircase
(http://www.geocities.com/aa468aa2/Arskare1.jpg)


Title: Re: St. Petersburg imperial country residences news
Post by: gleb on June 22, 2007, 01:39:20 PM
Hi Vladimir,

Thanks very much for these photos!! It's so sad to see how Gatchina is nowadays, but it is the same vey interesting.

Do you take other pics?


p.s.

Is the first staircase the one near the Gothic gallery?
Title: Re: St. Petersburg imperial country residences news
Post by: Vladimir_V. on June 22, 2007, 02:15:44 PM
Is the first staircase the one near the Gothic gallery?

No, it is not. First and second photos are the photos of a big staircase in the corner of Arsenal Wing (near the passage to the main building, near the Chinese Gallery).
Title: Re: St. Petersburg imperial country residences news
Post by: Vladimir_V. on June 25, 2007, 01:34:33 PM
New interesting exhibition: Architect A.Stakenshneider. Drawings and designs from the collection of the State Museum of St Petersburg History. 
St Petersburg. Peter and Paul Fortress. May – October 2007.

Design of the estate of the Dukes of Leichtenberg in Sergievka. (Between Peterhof and Oranienbaum.) The palace groundfloor plan. 1839. (Today it is the State Biological Institute.)
(http://www.geocities.com/aa468aa2/serg.JPG)
http://www.geocities.com/aa468aa2/serg.JPG

a. Entrance
b. Entrance Hall
c. Lobby
d. Grand Hall
e. Drawing Room
f. Study of Grand Duchess Maria Nicholaevna
g. Staircase to the Grand Duke Study
h. Bedroom
i. Bathroom
k. Toilet Room
l. Room and Staircases for the chambermaids
m. Dinning Room
n. Buffet
o. Staircases
p. Billiard Room
q. Library
r. Terraces
Title: Re: St. Petersburg imperial country residences news
Post by: Vladimir_V. on June 30, 2007, 01:50:50 PM
Strelna

New exhibition “From the History of the Marine Residence of Russia” in the Strelna Palace (the Konstantin Palace). The exhibition was dedicated to the 180 of the Grand Duke Konstantin Nicholaevich birth.

Photographs

Strelna Palace
http://www.konstantinpalace.ru/getImageNews.php?id=484

GD Konstantin Nicholaevich http://www.konstantinpalace.ru/getImageNews.php?id=490

Exhibition
http://www.konstantinpalace.ru/getImageNews.php?id=497
http://www.konstantinpalace.ru/getImageNews.php?id=498
http://www.konstantinpalace.ru/getImageNews.php?id=489
http://www.konstantinpalace.ru/getImageNews.php?id=488

Concert in the Marble Hall of Strelna Palace
http://www.konstantinpalace.ru/getImageNews.php?id=499
http://www.konstantinpalace.ru/getImageNews.php?id=504

History

From 1827 to 1892 the Strelna estate was in the possession of Grand Duke Konstatin Nicholaevich, Nicholas I's second son, who since childhood was being prepared by his father for a naval career. At sixteen he was promoted to the rank of captain, and at twenty-six he became an admiral. The tutor of the grand duke was the famous traveller Fiodor Litke, who succeeded in instilling a love for seafaring to him.

In 1848 the grand duke obtained possession of all rights for Strelna. He received the estate as a present for his marriage to Grand Duchess Alexandra Iosifovna, nee Princess of Saxe-Altenburg. By the arrival of the young couple a restoration and redesigning of the grottoes in the Lower Park, the building of the Stable and a reconstruction of the stone palace, which became known as the "Konstantin Palace" had been completed according to designs by Christoph Philip Meyer and Andrei Stackensneider.

The marriage proved to be happy - Grand Duchess Alexandra losifovna gave birth to four sons and two daughters. A versatile personality, the grand duke had a good command of different languages, he liked to read, had an interest in the achievements of science, the theatre, literature and music; he played various instruments and was known as a clever, well educated and extremely energetic man with his own opinion. The grand duke's remarkable personality has laid its imprint on the Strelna ensemble which was in his possession for 43 years.

In 1853 the grand duke was put at the head of the Naval Ministry where he made a series of positive changes and reforms. He took an active part in the preparation of the reform on the abolition of serfdom and in 1865 became the Chairman of the State Council. In 1881, after the assassination of Emperor Alexander II, Konstanrin Nicholaevich resigned from all the posts retaining only the honourary title of General-Admiral. He died in 1892, in Pavlovsk. After the death of Konstantin Nicholaevich, from 1892 to 1911, the estate was owned by Grand Duchess Alexandra Iosifovna.

Of the exhibition (in Russian): http://www.konstantinpalace.ru/news/2007-06-05/
Title: Re: St. Petersburg imperial country residences news
Post by: Arleen on June 30, 2007, 04:37:34 PM
Wonderful pictures and great article Valdimir....thank you for posting it.

Arleen
Title: Re: St. Petersburg imperial country residences news
Post by: Vladimir_V. on July 01, 2007, 01:36:30 AM
There is small mistake.
From 1831 the Strelna estate was in the possession of Grand Duke Konstatin Nicholaevich (after the death of previous owner).

Title: Re: St. Petersburg imperial country residences news
Post by: Vladimir_V. on July 03, 2007, 01:07:42 PM
Peterhof

The museum is restoring first nine rooms in the Farm Palace.
1st floor (ground floor) plan of the Farm Palace with rooms that will be opened first:

1. Entrance room
2. Waiting room of Alexander II
3. Gallery-Passage
4. Study of Alexander II
5. Dressing room with bath and shower (in the built-in closet)
6. Valet’s room
7. Antechamber with staircase and old elevator (to the 2nd floor)
8. Drawing Room of Maria Alexandrovna
9. Waiting Room of Maria Alexandrovna

(http://www.geocities.com/aa468aa2/ferm-dv-plan.jpg)
http://www.geocities.com/aa468aa2/ferm-dv-plan.jpg

Facade in the process of restoration.

(http://www.geocities.com/aa468aa2/ferm-dv.JPG)
Title: Re: St. Petersburg imperial country residences news
Post by: ChristineM on July 04, 2007, 07:41:48 AM
Vladimir

This is the building which was on fire last year, I believe.   When will the rooms be opened to the public?

tsaria
Title: Re: St. Petersburg imperial country residences news
Post by: Vladimir_V. on July 04, 2007, 01:39:16 PM
You are right. The Farm palace was in hot news in the end of the last year. But this part of the palace (with parade rooms) was not on fire. The fire was in the service wing of the palace (the oldest part that was built by Menelaws). I hope the palace opens in the nearest future!

Cottage

(http://www.geocities.com/aa468aa2/cottage1.JPG)

Cottage garden

(http://www.geocities.com/aa468aa2/cottage2.JPG)

A statue of Tzarevich Alexey (sculptor V.Zayko, 1994). I think he is on the yacht.
http://www.geocities.com/aa468aa2/cottage3.JPG

Title: Re: St. Petersburg imperial country residences news
Post by: ChristineM on July 04, 2007, 04:57:02 PM
Vladimir, these photographs are absolutely delightful.   Thank you very much.

tsaria
Title: Re: St. Petersburg imperial country residences news
Post by: NAAOTMA on July 04, 2007, 06:35:45 PM
Vladimir---thank you so much for the pictures and the updates.

The country/sea air at the Cottage is so wonderful, it is easy to understand why the IF loved their time in this special place.

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Post by: dmitri on July 05, 2007, 12:36:58 PM
The sculpture of the little Tsarevich is really touching. What a short life he had. It is almost impossible to contemplate being murdered when not quite 14. His illness was indeed tragic, but not the reason for the revolution as often given.
Title: Re: St. Petersburg imperial country residences news
Post by: mr_harrison75 on July 05, 2007, 06:44:23 PM
Yes, I agree, the statue was touching.  :(

But have you noticed in which state the base is? As if someone tried to vandalize it!
Title: Re: St. Petersburg imperial country residences news
Post by: Vladimir_V. on July 08, 2007, 01:56:05 PM
It is a base of the marble sculpture of Nicholas I that was here before WWII.
Title: Re: St. Petersburg imperial country residences news
Post by: Vladimir_V. on July 08, 2007, 01:57:12 PM
Quote
But have you noticed in which state the base is? As if someone tried to vandalize it!

It is a base of the marble sculpture of Nicholas I that was here before WWII. The museum has not restored the base yet. I think it is a good object for the sponsors.

(http://www.geocities.com/aa468aa2/Nicholas1.JPG)
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Post by: Vladimir_V. on July 08, 2007, 02:01:51 PM
Tsarskoe Selo

New temporary exhibition in the Alexander Palace:
Tsar`s Cross. Documents and photographs from the collections of the Tsarskoe Selo Museum and the State Archive of Russia.
July 5 – August 9

Glass-case with original of the renunciation of Nicholas II
(http://www.geocities.com/aa468aa2/exhAP.JPG)

Title: Re: St. Petersburg imperial country residences news
Post by: Arleen on July 09, 2007, 02:27:06 PM
Now that would really be thrilling to see.....thanks for posting it Vladimir.  Do you know how long that exhibit is going to be there?

Arleen
Title: Re: St. Petersburg imperial country residences news
Post by: rgt9w on July 09, 2007, 02:54:42 PM
Vladimir,

What does the title "Tsar's Cross" mean? Is it a reference to the fall of the Romanov Dynasty and the family's exile?

The picture shows some porcelain in the cases. Are these new items added to the Alexander Palace Collection?
Title: Re: St. Petersburg imperial country residences news
Post by: Vladimir_V. on July 10, 2007, 01:18:35 PM
Do you know how long that exhibit is going to be there?

Unfortunately, only one month.

At Feodorovsky Cathedral
(http://www.geocities.com/aa468aa2/Nicholas2.JPG)
Title: Re: St. Petersburg imperial country residences news
Post by: Vladimir_V. on July 10, 2007, 01:22:46 PM
What does the title "Tsar's Cross" mean? Is it a reference to the fall of the Romanov Dynasty and the family's exile?

You are right. It is of difficult life of Nicholas II and his family, particularly in the last five years.

Nicholas II`s diary
http://www.geocities.com/aa468aa2/Nicholas2mem.JPG


Title: Re: St. Petersburg imperial country residences news
Post by: NAAOTMA on July 10, 2007, 10:25:50 PM
Vladimir, the picture you posted of the garden at the Cottage that shows the statue of Nicholas also shows a flowerbed in the shape of "The White Rose" cipher that appears throughout the Cottage.

Is the current flowerbed a copy of that flowerbed or is something else there now. I can't remember. Melissa
Title: Re: St. Petersburg imperial country residences news
Post by: Vladimir_V. on July 20, 2007, 11:07:57 AM
The picture shows some porcelain in the cases. Are these new items added to the Alexander Palace Collection?

It is porcelain from the Children Suite on the second floor of the Alexander Palace from the collection of the TS museum.
Title: Re: St. Petersburg imperial country residences news
Post by: Vladimir_V. on July 20, 2007, 11:14:02 AM
Vladimir, the picture you posted of the garden at the Cottage that shows the statue of Nicholas also shows a flowerbed in the shape of "The White Rose" cipher that appears throughout the Cottage.
Is the current flowerbed a copy of that flowerbed or is something else there now. I can't remember. Melissa

Dear Melisssa, your question is difficult. I can`t remember also.
I found a photo: http://www.peterhof.ru/?m=208&photo=384&album=12
Title: Re: St. Petersburg imperial country residences news
Post by: Vladimir_V. on July 20, 2007, 11:20:43 AM
Peterhof & Strelna

In the beginning of July Thailand Empress visited Russia. After an official part in Moscow the Empress visited St Petersburg and had a dinner in the Peterhof Grand Palace. Nicholas II and Thailand King had the same dinner in 1897 (the same menu, the same hall in the Grand Peterhof Palace). As I wrote before the Empress donated $6 000 000 for the restoration of the Peterhof Palace.

Description of this dinner, guests, dresses and firework (in Russian): (click on the photo!)
http://www.kommersant.ru/doc-y.aspx?DocsID=782689

She lived in a cottage near the Strelna Palace (a view from Strelna to St Petersburg in a good weather)
http://www.konstantinpalace.ru/getImage.php?id=692

Strelna Park
http://www.konstantinpalace.ru/getImage.php?id=711

http://www.konstantinpalace.ru/getImage.php?id=820

Title: Re: St. Petersburg imperial country residences news
Post by: NAAOTMA on July 26, 2007, 12:38:59 AM
Dear Vladimir, thanks so much for the photos and for trying to remember about the flower bed. Have you been through Dagmar's rooms at the Cottage? I saw her bedroom complete, but the boudoir was not yet fully furnished and decorated. The china bric a brac and personal items were on the floor, waiting to be placed on the shelves and furniture in the room. That was just four days before the reburial, and Peterhof was humming with activity. The chapel was set up with the bier for the coffin, but workmen were repairing the outside stairs to receive the coffin. Melissa
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Post by: NAAOTMA on July 26, 2007, 12:42:41 AM
Dear Vladimir, have you seen the marker that marks the location of Mathilde K's dacha near Strelna? And thank you for posting the pictures of Strelna. Melissa
Title: Re: St. Petersburg imperial country residences news
Post by: Arleen on July 31, 2007, 01:15:12 PM
Does anyone have a map and can mark WHERE Mathilde K's dacha was?  I've always wondered.  When was it distroyed?

Arleen
Title: Re: St. Petersburg imperial country residences news
Post by: Helen_Azar on July 31, 2007, 01:51:12 PM
I remember seeing the area where her dacha was located when I visited Strelna two summers ago, it was somewhere near the big Strelna mansion (Konstantin Palace?) which was recently restored. From what I can remember, there was absolutely nothing left of it (I don't remember seeing any markers, unless that's something recent)...
Title: Re: St. Petersburg imperial country residences news
Post by: NAAOTMA on August 01, 2007, 12:00:22 PM
The book IMPERIAL DANCER ends with the information that a marker was recently placed at the location of Mathilde's dacha. I would have liked to see it but could not arrange to visit Strelna during my time in Peter last autumn. Next time!
Title: Re: St. Petersburg imperial country residences news
Post by: Vladimir_V. on August 02, 2007, 11:54:17 AM
Dear Melissa, you are right. Dagmar`s rooms at the Cottage were restored last autumn.

I have never heard that anybody marked the location of Mathilde K's dacha. I visit it next time and try to find the mark.

Arleen, there is a map on the official website: http://www.konstantinpalace.ru/plan_shema/
(near point 5, but closer to the sea)
Title: Re: St. Petersburg imperial country residences news
Post by: Vladimir_V. on August 02, 2007, 11:54:59 AM
Tsarskoe Selo

New interesting book:
A.Metshaninov. Vyrubova`s  Serafim Hospital-Asylum in Tsarskoe Selo. 2006. 60 pages.
The book describes the buildings of Vyrubova`s hospital in the Alexander Park, including a church where Rasputin was buried.
Title: Re: St. Petersburg imperial country residences news
Post by: Arleen on August 02, 2007, 06:39:03 PM
Any pictures you could post?  You find the most interesting things Vladamir!

Arleen
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Post by: Vladimir_V. on August 12, 2007, 01:11:37 PM
You find the most interesting things Vladamir!
Thank you, Arleen.
Title: Re: St. Petersburg imperial country residences news
Post by: Vladimir_V. on August 12, 2007, 01:13:35 PM
Tsarskoe Selo

Temporary exhibition in the Upper Bath in the Catherine Park: “Tsarskoe Selo in the Past”. Photographs and drafts of

Turkish Bath, Turkish Kiosk, Small Farm of GD Maria Alexandrovna, Pier at Admiralty Pavilion, Big Pond Slipway, Bathhouse in the Catherine Park;

Pheasant House, Hunting House of Alexey, Canoe Shed, Children`s Island House, Arsenal, Pension Stable, White Tower, Small Chapel, Elephant House, Chinese Theatre in the Alexander Park. Items from the Chinese Theatre.

(http://www.geocities.com/aa468aa2/upbath.JPG)

Title: Re: St. Petersburg imperial country residences news
Post by: NAAOTMA on August 13, 2007, 08:14:10 PM
Dear Vladimir, How very interesting. Is the exhibit mostly drawings or are there artifacts too? Melissa
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Post by: Vassili_Vorontsoff on August 27, 2007, 05:49:00 AM
Dear Vlad,

I'm glad to notice that you pursue your posts during the holidays...

I'm very interested  by the Dagmar's rooms,any pictures would be welcome!

Thanks in advance,
Vassia
Title: Re: St. Petersburg imperial country residences news
Post by: Vladimir_V. on September 08, 2007, 01:16:05 PM
Is the exhibit mostly drawings or are there artifacts too? Melissa

There are some items from the Turkish Bath, the Arsenal and the Chinese Theatre (vases, chair, lamp, wall panel).
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Post by: Vladimir_V. on September 08, 2007, 01:18:34 PM
Tsarskoe Selo

Did you know that … Tsarskoe Selo has a Military Airport?
Sometimes the army organizes the airshows for the inhabitants of Tsarskoe Selo and the tourists.
Last show was in June. Here you can see photographs:

http://www.enlight.ru/camera/news/07_jun/index.html
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Post by: Vladimir_V. on September 13, 2007, 01:20:53 PM
Gatchina

New exhibition in the Priory Palace: “And I was there..”.
The exhibition tells about old drinks, old culture of drinking and items for the drinking of tea, coffee, chocolate, beer, wine and, of course, vodka.

Of the Priory Palace in English: http://history.gatchina.ru/priorat/eindex.htm

Title: Re: St. Petersburg imperial country residences news
Post by: Arleen on September 15, 2007, 03:15:21 PM
Thank you Vladimir, that one was in English, so I really appreciate it.  I don't have a Russian to English converter on my computer so really am at a loss when it comes to the Russian sites.

I think of you as our "eyes and ears" in St. Petersburg and environs, and always appreciate so much what you post for us.

Arleen
Title: Re: St. Petersburg imperial country residences news
Post by: Vladimir_V. on September 16, 2007, 01:35:51 PM
I don't have a Russian to English converter on my computer so really am at a loss when it comes to the Russian sites.
You can use a converter in internet!
Title: Re: St. Petersburg imperial country residences news
Post by: Vladimir_V. on September 16, 2007, 01:36:57 PM
Peterhof

Yesterday evening a lot of people visited the Lower Park. The Annual Festival of Fountains started at 21.30. During 40-50min guests of the Peterhof Museum watched the music fountain show with fireworks.

Photographs that was taken in the previous years:

http://www.enlight.ru/camera/132/index_e.html

http://www.peterhof.ru/?m=208&album=10

http://www.peterhof.ru/?m=208&album=11

Title: Re: St. Petersburg imperial country residences news
Post by: Arleen on September 18, 2007, 01:11:27 PM
Vldimir the fireworks photos are so spectacular....thanks!

I am not good with my computer.  If someone could tell me where to find a language converter and how to use it maybe I could get my Russian sites translated.  I would love to try at any rate.

Arleen
Title: Re: St. Petersburg imperial country residences news
Post by: Vladimir_V. on September 26, 2007, 11:32:18 AM
I am not good with my computer.  If someone could tell me where to find a language converter and how to use it maybe I could get my Russian sites translated.  I would love to try at any rate.

For example, the dictionary:
http://lingvo.yandex.ru/en

the converter (Choose a language pair and push the red button):
http://www.translate.ru/text.asp#tr_form

Title: Re: St. Petersburg imperial country residences news
Post by: Vladimir_V. on September 26, 2007, 11:33:36 AM
Peterhof

Last Tuesday a new museum was open in Peterhof: "Museum of Playing Cards".

The collection of the Peterhof museum consists of 30 000 items including 6 000 decks XV-XX centuries. It is the twentieth museum in the Peterhof Museum-Reserve. In the future the management of the Peterhof museum promises to open the new museums in the Farm Palace (2008), in the Lower Palace, Museum of Postcards, Museum of Telegraph and others. 

The director of the Peterhof Museum Vadim Znamenov is making a speech (25/09/07):

(http://www.geocities.com/aa468aa2/zna.jpg)

Title: Re: St. Petersburg imperial country residences news
Post by: Vladimir_V. on October 01, 2007, 01:11:25 PM
Strelna

Rostropovich-Vishnevskaya collection will start new live in the Konstantinovski Palace.

MOSCOW. Oct 1 (Interfax) - Russian businessman Alisher Usmanov, who has acquired the Rostropovich-Vishnevskaya collection, will transfer the collection to the Konstantinovsky Palace in the St. Petersburg suburb of Strelna.
"I am gladly transferring this collection to the state," he told a Monday press conference at the Interfax main office.
"I will offer the Culture Agency and the presidential property department, which supervises the palace, to consider permanently displaying this collection at the beautiful museum, the Konstantinovsky Palace. To my mind, we will reach an understanding," he said.

News realize (in Russian): http://www.konstantinpalace.ru/news/2007-10-01/
http://www.interfax.ru/r/B/pcreport/15.html?id_issue=11867579

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Post by: Vladimir_V. on October 06, 2007, 01:25:29 PM
A toy screen and seven puppets from the Alexander Palace (from the Alexei`s Playroom) was found in the museum of the Moscow Puppet Theatre.

A screen

(http://www.geocities.com/aa468aa2/shirma1.jpg)

(http://www.geocities.com/aa468aa2/shirma4.jpg)


Puppets

(http://www.geocities.com/aa468aa2/shirma8.jpg)


Nicholas II

(http://www.geocities.com/aa468aa2/shirma6.jpg)


Alexandra

(http://www.geocities.com/aa468aa2/shirma2.jpg)


A teacher

(http://www.geocities.com/aa468aa2/shirma3.jpg)

(http://www.geocities.com/aa468aa2/shirma7.jpg)

Title: Re: St. Petersburg imperial country residences news
Post by: Venois on October 11, 2007, 02:19:46 AM
Golf course will be build in Tsarskoye Selo's Babolovo park:

http://www.st-petersburg.ru/en/investments/projects/golf/ts/
Title: Re: St. Petersburg imperial country residences news
Post by: dmitri on October 11, 2007, 07:03:59 PM
well golf would be fun to play in the snow and ice
Title: Re: St. Petersburg imperial country residences news
Post by: Vladimir_V. on October 18, 2007, 10:43:27 AM
Tsarskoe Selo

New design of the official website: http://www.tzar.ru/
Only in Russian

Alexander Palace: http://www.tzar.ru/museums-palaces-alexander.html
Plan: http://www.tzar.ru/museums-palaces-alexander-plans.html
Maple Room: http://www.tzar.ru/museums-palaces-alexander-exhibit-fifth_room.html

Chinese Theatre: http://www.tzar.ru/museums-palaces-alexander_park-new_garden-theater.html
Title: Re: St. Petersburg imperial country residences news
Post by: Vladimir_V. on October 23, 2007, 01:35:55 PM
Tsarskoe Selo

The exhibition in the Zubov Wing of the Catherine Palace:
The Porcelain from Herend Manufactory – the Adornment of Royal Tables.

Among the famous customers of this manufacture were Alexander II, Nicholas II, Wilhelm I, Edward VII and Queen Victoria. The exhibition includes several hundred items from the Hungarian museums.

Exhibition in the Zubov Wing (former rooms of Alexander II)
(http://www.geocities.com/aa468aa2/Herend.jpg)

The visitors of this exhibition can see restored Favorite staircase to the Catherine II`s bedroom.
(http://www.geocities.com/aa468aa2/Favst.jpg)
Title: Re: St. Petersburg imperial country residences news
Post by: Arleen on October 23, 2007, 02:29:08 PM
In Catherine II's time which room did the stairway originate from?  Was it a secret stairway or not?  How cool to see it.

Arleen
Title: Re: St. Petersburg imperial country residences news
Post by: londo954 on October 23, 2007, 09:03:47 PM
I checked out the new Tsarskoe Selo Website .... can t find the english though but i used babel fish and it translates welll.
Impressive and nice to see that teh Preserve is beginning to take some notice of the Alexander Palace
Title: Re: St. Petersburg imperial country residences news
Post by: Vladimir_V. on October 24, 2007, 02:24:24 PM
I checked out the new Tsarskoe Selo Website .... can t find the english though but i used babel fish and it translates welll.
Impressive and nice to see that the Preserve is beginning (?) to take some notice of the Alexander Palace
Previous version (it is still working!): http://eng.tzar.ru/alexander

http://eng.tzar.ru/alexander/exhibit/fifth_room
http://eng.tzar.ru/alexander/interiors/corner_room
http://eng.tzar.ru/alexander/interiors/state_room
http://eng.tzar.ru/alexander/interiors/study_nikolas
 
Title: Re: St. Petersburg imperial country residences news
Post by: londo954 on October 24, 2007, 11:34:12 PM
Sorry Vladimir I used preserve as a short for Tsarskoe Selo Museum Preserve
Title: Re: St. Petersburg imperial country residences news
Post by: Vladimir_V. on October 26, 2007, 01:19:58 PM
I used preserve as a short for Tsarskoe Selo Museum Preserve
I see. But why do you think that they are beginning ?
Title: Re: St. Petersburg imperial country residences news
Post by: Vladimir_V. on October 26, 2007, 01:32:31 PM
Was it a secret stairway or not?
I think it was not a secret staircase, but it was private staircase, only for some “friends” and valets.
The staircase connects the first floor of the Zubov Wing (favorite rooms) with 2nd floor – Catherine II`s suite.
Title: Re: St. Petersburg imperial country residences news
Post by: Vladimir_V. on October 29, 2007, 12:39:56 PM
Peterhof

The museum started to restore the Pavilion Hermitage in the Lower Park. The previous restoration was made in 1945-1952. Now the museum is going to recreate the elevating table (for 14 persons) that was destroyed during WWII.

Of the elevating table (in Russian):
http://att-vesti.narod.ru/J21-1-4.HTM

Title: Re: St. Petersburg imperial country residences news
Post by: Vassili_Vorontsoff on November 01, 2007, 05:40:59 PM
Amazing, this make me think to the restoration of the Trianon in Versailles and its uncanny reconsctuction of the special  strands to the windows ...it is a delight to see that restoration still go on!

Vassia
Title: Re: St. Petersburg imperial country residences news
Post by: Vassili_Vorontsoff on November 10, 2007, 07:16:51 PM
Vlad,

I beg your pardon: I forgot that your section was dedicated to imperial country residences...and I've post a subject on Mikailovskoye at a unappropriate place...

http://forum.alexanderpalace.org/index.php/topic,6558.90.html

Sorry,
V

(http://i146.photobucket.com/albums/r248/vassiliv/tsarskoye%20selo/e685c7f0-bd8a-bd8d-8620-232265312da.jpg)

P.S/Have you ever seen this watercolour of Sadvonikof representing Peterhof( Petergof into russian mouth!) ?
(http://i146.photobucket.com/albums/r248/vassiliv/tsarskoye%20selo/0SadovnikovV_PridvorVyezdPD.jpg)


Title: Re: St. Petersburg imperial country residences news
Post by: Vladimir_V. on December 18, 2007, 12:30:32 PM
Tsarskoe Selo

In the end of the each year the city government opens “Shop of Gifts” (Gifts for St Petersburg birthday in the next year). Somebody (person or company) can “buy” a gift from the special list. It is mean that they donate money for the restoration of a monument or a building in the city or suburbs.
In this year the list consists of 17 monument including 2 from Tsarskoe Selo:
the recreation of the statues “Chinese” on the Big Chinese Bridge in the Alexander Park ($168 000);
the restoration of the Evening Hall in the Catherine Park ($480 000).

Full list (in Russian):
http://www.gazeta.spb.ru/15791-0/

Title: Re: St. Petersburg imperial country residences news
Post by: Vladimir_V. on December 23, 2007, 07:49:34 AM
Old Maps for Joyous Holiday Season :))

Tsarskoe Selo
http://www.aroundspb.ru/maps/suburb/carskoe_selo.jpg

Pavlovsk
http://www.aroundspb.ru/maps/suburb/pavlovsk2.jpg

Peterhof
http://www.aroundspb.ru/maps/suburb/peterhof1909.jpg

Oranienbaum
http://www.aroundspb.ru/maps/suburb/oranienbaum.jpg

Kronstadt, Gatchina, Pavlovsk, Peterhof, Sestroretsk, Strelna, Tsarskoe Selo, Oranienbaum
http://www.aroundspb.ru/maps/suburb_a/suburb_a.php


In English http://www.aroundspb.ru/english/
Title: Re: St. Petersburg imperial country residences news
Post by: Vecchiolarry on December 23, 2007, 11:13:51 AM
Vladimir & Vassili,

Thank you so much for these great pictures.  I love the maps of the Palaces and their environs.....

Larry
Title: Re: St. Petersburg imperial country residences news
Post by: Vladimir_V. on December 23, 2007, 11:31:03 AM
Have you ever seen this watercolour of Sadovnikof representing Peterhof?

Yes, it is from the Blue Reception Room in the Great Peterhof Palace.
Title: Re: St. Petersburg imperial country residences news
Post by: NAAOTMA on December 24, 2007, 02:04:29 PM
Thanks so much for so many lovely things to see! Melissa K.
Title: Re: St. Petersburg imperial country residences news
Post by: Vladimir_V. on December 30, 2007, 04:29:49 AM
Peterhof

The Ruin Bridge in Alexandria Park (between the Farm Palace and the Cottage Palace) will be recreated in 2008.

(http://i023.radikal.ru/0712/fe/8cfa95f49f32.jpg)

Title: Re: St. Petersburg imperial country residences news
Post by: Vladimir_V. on January 02, 2008, 02:00:21 PM
Peterhof

Restoration of the Roman Fountains in the Lower Park (in front of the Chessboard Hill). Autumn 2007.

(click on the photos)
(http://i030.radikal.ru/0801/e3/05b72fae0aa7t.jpg) (http://radikal.ru/F/i030.radikal.ru/0801/e3/05b72fae0aa7.jpg.html) (http://i026.radikal.ru/0801/ea/7dd944407e72t.jpg) (http://radikal.ru/F/i026.radikal.ru/0801/ea/7dd944407e72.jpg.html)
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Post by: Vladimir_V. on January 04, 2008, 07:05:47 AM
Autumn in Peterhof. In the evening.

(http://i031.radikal.ru/0801/01/0a49c38eb19bt.jpg) (http://radikal.ru/F/i031.radikal.ru/0801/01/0a49c38eb19b.jpg.html) (http://i017.radikal.ru/0801/14/71f9fd29f779t.jpg) (http://radikal.ru/F/i017.radikal.ru/0801/14/71f9fd29f779.jpg.html)

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Title: Re: St. Petersburg imperial country residences news
Post by: Arleen on January 04, 2008, 02:50:02 PM
Such beautiful photos Vladimir, thank you!

Arleen
Title: Re: St. Petersburg imperial country residences news
Post by: NAAOTMA on January 05, 2008, 12:39:34 PM
I echo Arleen's thanks for the lovely pictures.

And I am so glad that the pictures of the urns filled with autumnal squash  are shown in such detail. I loved them when I was there in September of 2006 but did not take any pictures that day.

And seeing the restoration going on is always a mood lifter.

Thanks so much Vladimir!
Title: Re: St. Petersburg imperial country residences news
Post by: Vladimir_V. on January 05, 2008, 01:33:03 PM
Thank you Arleen and Melissa.
Title: Re: St. Petersburg imperial country residences news
Post by: Vladimir_V. on January 07, 2008, 03:50:01 AM
Restoration of the Farm Palace. Summer 2007.

(http://i009.radikal.ru/0801/48/ea701f0634b0t.jpg) (http://radikal.ru/F/i009.radikal.ru/0801/48/ea701f0634b0.jpg.html) (http://i002.radikal.ru/0801/c9/da1be4ef1cb5t.jpg) (http://radikal.ru/F/i002.radikal.ru/0801/c9/da1be4ef1cb5.jpg.html)

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Title: Re: St. Petersburg imperial country residences news
Post by: Belochka on January 07, 2008, 04:00:57 PM
Thank you for this wonderful visual update Vladimir!

Margarita
Title: Re: St. Petersburg imperial country residences news
Post by: amelia on January 08, 2008, 12:04:00 PM
Dear Vladimir,

Thank you so so much for these wonderful photographs.

Amelia
Title: Re: St. Petersburg imperial country residences news
Post by: ChristineM on January 08, 2008, 12:49:52 PM
Vladimir

What an absolutely wonderful contribution you make to this Forum.   We are lucky to have someone like you, so close to the places and palaces and people which interest everyone here.   You have so much knowledge, enthusiasm and your photographs are wonderful.

Have they managed to catch up with the work on the Farm Palace since the fire?   It seems to be making progress.   Only complaint - it looks so NEW.

Thanks again,

tsaria
Title: Re: St. Petersburg imperial country residences news
Post by: dmitri on January 09, 2008, 11:23:34 AM
Yes it is wonderful to see how the restoration work continues even after so many years after massive destruction during world war two. That says a great deal about the love of their country by successive generations of Russians. I guess you have to visit Russia to understand this. Other countries would just demolish everything and say it is too expensive to restore.
Title: Re: St. Petersburg imperial country residences news
Post by: Vladimir_V. on February 02, 2008, 01:57:12 PM
Japan is filming “Cloud over Hill” in the Alexander Palace.

http://www.rtr.spb.ru/vesti/vesti_2008/news_detail.asp?id=663

Video: http://www.rtr.spb.ru/vesti/vesti_2008/news_detail_v.asp?id=663

Title: Re: St. Petersburg imperial country residences news
Post by: Vassili_Vorontsoff on February 11, 2008, 07:43:52 AM
Even if I alck of time, it is always a pleasure to gp on the ofrum to see your conributions Vladimir, this really priceless!

V
Title: Re: St. Petersburg imperial country residences news
Post by: Vladimir_V. on February 11, 2008, 01:04:56 PM
Thank you.
a lack of time - I understand you very well! :-))


Title: Re: St. Petersburg imperial country residences news
Post by: Vladimir_V. on February 11, 2008, 01:08:10 PM
Peterhof plus Oranienbaum

In the end of the last year the Oranienbaum museum-reserve comprised to the Peterhof museum complex. The director of Peterhof museum Vadim Znamenov became a chief of this huge museum complex which includes Great Peterhof Palace, Upper and Lower Park with fountains and small palaces, Alexandria Park with Cottage, Farm Palace and ruins of the Lower Palace, Wooden Strelna Palace, Oraniendaum Park, Menshikov Palace, Chinese Palace of the Catherine II and many pavilions.


Vadim Znamenov in his Study with floorplans of the Lower Palace in his hands:

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Title: Re: St. Petersburg imperial country residences news
Post by: gleb on February 11, 2008, 02:40:29 PM
Thank you very much, Vladimir!

What a pity the floor plans were not photographed, I wonder when we will see a floor plan of the Lower Dacha, I hope soon. :)
Title: Re: St. Petersburg imperial country residences news
Post by: Vladimir_V. on February 21, 2008, 11:09:28 AM
What a pity the floor plans were not photographed, I wonder when we will see a floor plan of the Lower Dacha, I hope soon. :)

Unfortunately TV operator thought that it is not interesting.
Title: Re: St. Petersburg imperial country residences news
Post by: Vladimir_V. on February 21, 2008, 11:10:29 AM
Pavlovsk

The Temple of Friendship after the last restoration (2007):

http://www.fisp.spb.ru/index.php?page=226&lng=ru


Title: Re: St. Petersburg imperial country residences news
Post by: ChristineM on February 21, 2008, 02:10:52 PM
Dear Vladimir - Thank you so much.   What a testament to the genius of Charles Cameron.   I've always adored the Temple of Friendship.   In fact, I think it was nothing short of perfect.

Mr Tretyakov looks as though he has been living rather too well since last I saw him.

tsaria
Title: Re: St. Petersburg imperial country residences news
Post by: Vladimir_V. on February 23, 2008, 03:24:56 AM
 What a testament to the genius of Charles Cameron.   I've always adored the Temple of Friendship.   In fact, I think it was nothing short of perfect.
I think it is the best Cameron`s work.

Mr Tretyakov looks as though he has been living rather too well since last I saw him.
Have you heard that he wrote a new book:
Tretyakov N.S. From Tsar`s palaces to the museums for the people. Suburban palaces-museums of Petrograd-Leningrad. 1917-1941.- St Petersburg, 2007.
Title: Re: St. Petersburg imperial country residences news
Post by: NAAOTMA on February 23, 2008, 10:13:52 AM
Vladimir, thank you so much for posting these pictures. When I saw the Temple of Friendship in late September of 2006 it was swathed in scaffolding as the restoration was in process. The new lighting is gorgeous along with the finished project. Paul's Empress must be smiling down!
Title: Re: St. Petersburg imperial country residences news
Post by: Vladimir_V. on February 23, 2008, 12:46:46 PM
Thank you Melissa. I am glad that it is interesting not only for me.    ;-))
Title: Re: St. Petersburg imperial country residences news
Post by: NAAOTMA on February 24, 2008, 12:41:51 PM
Vladimir, thank you so much also for posting the pictures of the architectural renderings of the Lower Palace.

The architectural rendering drawing of the sea side view of the Lower Palace is featured in the 2006 Peterhof Guidebook that contains information on all the structures in the Peterhof complex. But to see more drawings, even at a distance, was a pleasure.

In the restoration of MF's bedroom and study at The Cottage and in taking the first steps to recreate the Lower Palace, the powers that be at Peterhof seem relatively comfortable in handling the relationship of the last Romanovs to the physical environs of Peterhof. Hopefully that can some day happen elsewhere.   Melissa
Title: Re: St. Petersburg imperial country residences news
Post by: Vladimir_V. on February 24, 2008, 01:38:14 PM
There is a queue!
2008: Labyrinth in the Lower Park, Ruin Bridge and Gothic Well in Alexandria, Farm Palace, Oranienbaum..

I know you took photos in TS. Can you post them?

My photos of the Alexander Park in this winter:

http://i040.radikal.ru/0802/68/e8a1afb7fc0a.jpg

http://i040.radikal.ru/0802/02/b0b772696647.jpg

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Title: Re: St. Petersburg imperial country residences news
Post by: ChristineM on February 24, 2008, 01:44:07 PM
Vladimir - thank you for thinking of us.   You're making me 'homesick'.

The last photograph is remarkable.   It looks almost like a black and white photograph with the coral branches of Cameron's Chinese Bridge displayed to great advantage.   

Is that the Squeaking Pavilion I see in the background?   Has it been restored?

ChristineM
Title: Re: St. Petersburg imperial country residences news
Post by: Vladimir_V. on February 24, 2008, 02:14:35 PM
Is that the Squeaking Pavilion I see in the background?

No, it is Pagoda in the center of the Chinese Village:

http://i021.radikal.ru/0802/06/164f63ea49f6.jpg

Title: Re: St. Petersburg imperial country residences news
Post by: ArchitectCS on February 28, 2008, 11:58:47 AM
Vladimir,

I cannot thank you enough for all your hard work and dedication keeping us all updated on what is going on with the imperial palaces.  Though I've never been to them, they are a part of my life and knowing what is going on means a great deal to me.

I was wondering if you knew if Tretyakov's book that you mentioned earlier will be available in English?  I'm always looking for a new book on my favorite subject.

Title: Re: St. Petersburg imperial country residences news
Post by: Vladimir_V. on March 03, 2008, 12:33:54 PM
Thank you.
Unfortunately the book only in Russian.
Title: Re: St. Petersburg imperial country residences news
Post by: Vladimir_V. on March 03, 2008, 12:35:25 PM
Pavlovsk

New exhibitions in the Pavlovsk Palace:

Pavlovsk. Architectural prints and drawings of XVIII century.
http://www.pavlovskmuseum.ru/news/exhibition/index.php?ELEMENT_ID=1979 (description in Russian)

New acquisitions
http://www.pavlovskmuseum.ru/news/exhibition/index.php?ELEMENT_ID=1977

Title: Re: St. Petersburg imperial country residences news
Post by: Vladimir_V. on April 05, 2008, 11:31:39 AM
Peterhof

The Ruin Bridge in Alexandria Park. Process of the reconstruction:

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Title: Re: St. Petersburg imperial country residences news
Post by: rgt9w on April 06, 2008, 06:14:02 PM
Vladimir,

Thank you continuing to post such fantastic pictures!

Do you have any photographs of the original Ruin Bridge prior to its destruction?
Title: Re: St. Petersburg imperial country residences news
Post by: Vladimir_V. on April 11, 2008, 01:17:54 PM
I`ll try to find a photograph.
Title: Re: St. Petersburg imperial country residences news
Post by: Vladimir_V. on April 11, 2008, 01:19:23 PM
Tsarskoe Selo

St. Catherine Cathedral’s Reconstruction Program:
http://sobor-ekaterina.ru/raboty_vossozdanie/Reconstruction%20Program_english.php

Old photographs: http://sobor-ekaterina.ru/o_sobore/gallery/index.php?SECTION_ID=4

Photos of the reconstruction: http://sobor-ekaterina.ru/o_sobore/gallery/index.php?SECTION_ID=5

Video: http://sobor-ekaterina.ru/o_sobore/video.php

Title: Re: St. Petersburg imperial country residences news
Post by: Vladimir_V. on April 12, 2008, 01:49:57 PM
Do you have any photographs of the original Ruin Bridge prior to its destruction?

Photographs of the Ruin Bridge before the restoration:
http://www.enlight.ru/camera/348/index_e.html
Title: Re: St. Petersburg imperial country residences news
Post by: rgt9w on April 12, 2008, 03:29:42 PM
Thank you for the link to the pictures of the bridge.
Title: Re: St. Petersburg imperial country residences news
Post by: Vladimir_V. on April 21, 2008, 11:51:56 AM
Pavlovsk

The Castle “Bip”(“Mariental”) near the Pavlovsk Palace will be restored by a private company and will be used as a hotel. (It was built in 1795-97 by architect Brenna for the Emperor Pavel I.)

History http://www.nortfort.ru/bip/index_e.html
Photos 2004 http://www.nortfort.ru/bip/foto1_e.html

Photograph April 2008
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Title: Re: St. Petersburg imperial country residences news
Post by: ArchitectCS on May 01, 2008, 11:35:17 AM

Could anyone tell me how far along the restoration of the Catherine palace is these days?  I understand that they finished the three anterooms by Rastrelli off of the Great Hall, (and if anyone has pictures of the two furthest from the GH, please post them!) but how about Catherine the Great's private apartments?  Any news on the Lyon, Arabesque and Chinese Halls?  Or Catherine's glass bedroom?  Even just a timeline of when the work will be done would be great.

Thanks so much.

Chad
Title: Re: St. Petersburg imperial country residences news
Post by: Vladimir_V. on May 02, 2008, 12:02:32 PM
You are right. Antechambers were the last restored rooms. Today we can also visit Alexander II`s rooms on the first floor of the Zubov Wing. The museum restored historical dimensions of the rooms without decoration. Next big work, that was made in the previous year, was the reconstruction of the basement of the Catherine Palace with creation of the new Lecture Hall and the open depository of the amber, gold and silver items. The restorers are working in the Lyon and Arabesque Rooms, in the Church Wing (it will be a depository of the different museum items) and in the rooms that were restored in the previous years. Deadline is 2010, the jubilee of TS (1710-2010).
Title: Re: St. Petersburg imperial country residences news
Post by: Vladimir_V. on May 11, 2008, 01:43:43 PM
St Catherine Cathedral in Tsarskoe Selo. May 10.
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Feodorovski Cathedral and cherry trees
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Title: Re: St. Petersburg imperial country residences news
Post by: Vladimir_V. on May 23, 2008, 12:28:45 PM
New Palace in Strelna

A new congress center to be constructed by 2011 near the presidential residence of Konstantinovsky Palace in Strelna.

Vladimir Kozhin, head of the presidential administration, thus described the goal of the ambitious construction project, named StarWay, at the project’s presentation in the Konstantinovsky Palace on Sunday.

“This project will fulfill the historic destination of Strelna’s palace and park ensemble as Russia’s European facade, and will become an international ground for strategic dialogue between countries this century,” Kozhin said, according to Rosbalt news agency.

Spanish architect Riccardo Bofill, whose Taller de Arquitectura studio won the contest for the construction of the Congress Center, said he was happy to be in charge of the project.

“It’s a great pleasure for me to design the building. I planned the project for this very place,” Bofill said at the presentation.

Bofill, who has completed hundreds of projects in Spain, Luxembourg, China and other countries, said his project is “based on concentric compositions around the main building.” He described the architectural style as neo-classical.

The total area of the new center, which will host various groups of politicians, heads of major corporations, businessmen, mass media and conference delegates, will come to 90,000 square meters. The main hall will be able to house 2,500 delegates and will be used for holding congresses, forums, banquets, ice shows, theater shows and concerts. The main hall is unusual in that it will be able to be transformed to host different events. The project cost amounts to $494 million.

In addition, an overland metro express train line will be built near the center. The metro will transport the center’s guests from Strelna to St. Petersburg. A special escalator will take guests right to the city center.
Title: Re: St. Petersburg imperial country residences news
Post by: Vladimir_V. on May 26, 2008, 02:29:28 PM
Tsarskoe Selo

Today the restoration of the Krasnoselskie Gates (the Elephant Gates) in the Alexander park was completed. The project was started in 2006 and cost 27 mln rub ($1 150 000).

The restoration of the Alexander Park will start in 2010 after the finish of the restoration of the Catherine Park, Ivan Sautov said.

News realize: http://www.tzar.ru/info/info-events/title/?id=1980

Video: http://www.rtr.spb.ru/vesti/vesti_2008/news_detail_v.asp?id=4041

Title: Re: St. Petersburg imperial country residences news
Post by: gogm on June 05, 2008, 06:29:16 PM
I have not read these threads, staying with Russian history. But I'm going to be in Saint Petersburg for two full days plus. Can people say what places must be visited?
Title: Re: St. Petersburg imperial country residences news
Post by: Vladimir_V. on June 21, 2008, 01:57:26 PM
Alexander Palace. New book in English!

New book was published by Tsarskoe Selo Museum:
Alexander Palace. Pages of History. – St.Petersburg, 2008, 36 pages, 60 pictures.

Title: Re: St. Petersburg imperial country residences news
Post by: Vladimir_V. on July 06, 2008, 01:41:17 PM
Peterhof

The Ruin Bridge in the Alexandria Park after the recreation:

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Title: Re: St. Petersburg imperial country residences news
Post by: ArchitectCS on July 10, 2008, 12:06:50 PM
Vladimir,

I just wanted to say how much I appreciate your posts.  It really means a lot to those of us on the other side of the planet to be able to know what is going on at the imperial palaces.  Your photos and updates are very much appreciated!  Thanks so much for your hard work.

Chad
Title: Re: St. Petersburg imperial country residences news
Post by: Vladimir_V. on July 11, 2008, 12:00:12 PM
Thank you. Of course it is possible to find all news in internet but the main problem is the language. The most of the websites are in Russian only.
Official websites:
Tsarskoe Selo http://www.tzar.ru
Pavlovsk http://pavlovskmuseum.ru/
Gatchina http://museum.gatchina.ru/index.htm
Peterhof http://peterhofmuseum.ru/info/news.html
Strelna http://www.konstantinpalace.ru
Oranienbaum http://www.oranienbaum.org/
and
Local newspapers:
Tsarskoe Selo and Pablovsk http://www.pushkin-town.net/.gazeta/nomer.html
Peterhof and Strelna http://www.petervestnik.ru
Oranienbaum http://www.bluch.spb.ru/

There are a lot of local news. I post only 1% or less. For example there are many local events like this:

Peterhof. Day of town (translated by Promt98-translator)
    July 12 the inhabitants and the visitors of Peterhof will mark our main town holiday - Day of Peterhof. Simultaneously Russian Orthodox Church will celebrate Day of the heavenly promoters of Peterhof - Sacred apostles of Peter and Paul. This year the holiday is held already in the nineteenth time. It will be organize by Peterhof Municipal town formation, St.-Petersburg administration, State Museum-Reserve "Peterhof" and company "Multy-Music", which have preformed the interesting celebratory program.
   The basic celebratory events will pass at the center of Peterhof: on Palace square. The inhabitants and visitors of the town will see carnival procession, in which they can participate together with the actors. But the most interesting part of a holiday becomes the large concert program including the popular actors.
    The celebratory program will begin with Sport holiday at 11.00 on a platform near the school № 542 and House of children's creativity. The fans of sport are waited the fascinating competitions in different games. The organizers have preformed also relay races and competitions for children, performance of the fire-brigade, which will be prolonged till 15.00.
    At 12.30 on the Small scene established on Pravlenskaya street, the program for children will begin. You will see the musical game interlude of show - theatre "Mask", performances of the clowns, actors and jugglers. The small winners of the competitions will receive prizes. Children can study to walk on stilts, ride circus bicycles, children's locomotive, retro - machine. Near the scene the amusements and trampolines will work. The children's holiday at 16.30 will be finished.
    The main scenic platform will be placed on Palace square. The celebratory measures will begin here at 15.00. But behind half an hour before, at 14.30, in square at an angle of Masterovoy street and Razvedtchikov street the concert of orchestra will begin. At 15.00 from here the traditional carnival procession of the participants of a holiday will begin, which will proceed on Razvodnaya street, St.-Petersburg highway, Pravlenskaya street up to Palace square and further on Kalininskaya street.
    Submission on the Main scene will discover the Interactive concert program of show - theatre "Mask" and Historical quiz. Then the spectators will see final of competition «Miss of Peterhof - 2008», performance of ensemble songs and dance "Rossiyane", ensemble of Russian songs "Zuravushka", rock group "Malory", blues-band "Contrast", "Zemlyane". The organizers of the holiday have preformed also the light show, fascinating games and competitions.
    At 23.45 you can see the fireworks on Olgin pond.
Title: Re: St. Petersburg imperial country residences news
Post by: Joanna on July 11, 2008, 07:02:57 PM
Many thanks Vladimir for the links!

Do you know if ЦАРСКОГОСЕЛА ПРЕСС plan to be online again or will it remain only print edition?

Joanna
Title: Re: St. Petersburg imperial country residences news
Post by: Vladimir_V. on July 12, 2008, 02:44:30 AM
No! New director hates people that read his newspaper for free.

Local newspapers:
Tsarskoe Selo and Pavlovsk http://www.mr-spb.ru/story/pushkn/
Peterhof, Strelna and Oranienbaum http://www.mr-spb.ru/story/petrodv/
Title: Re: St. Petersburg imperial country residences news
Post by: Vladimir_V. on August 07, 2008, 03:16:30 PM
The last work of I.Sautov in Tsarskoe Selo: the restoration of ‘the Hall on the Island’. (It is situated on the small island in the middle of the Great Pond in the Catherine park.)

(http://s49.radikal.ru/i123/0808/c2/d1aaac9e11fa.jpg) (http://www.radikal.ru)

video (June 2008): http://www.rtr.spb.ru/vesti/vesti_2008/news_detail_v.asp?id=4929

Title: Re: St. Petersburg imperial country residences news
Post by: Vladimir_V. on August 11, 2008, 07:40:03 AM
Peterhof

Gothic Well in Alexandria Park after restoration
(http://s52.radikal.ru/i135/0808/81/7465054997c6t.jpg) (http://radikal.ru/F/s52.radikal.ru/i135/0808/81/7465054997c6.jpg.html)

Gothic Well and Gothic Chapel
(http://s47.radikal.ru/i116/0808/ec/ae209bd4b3b4t.jpg) (http://radikal.ru/F/s47.radikal.ru/i116/0808/ec/ae209bd4b3b4.jpg.html)

Gothic Well and Farm Palace
(http://s53.radikal.ru/i141/0808/4e/3b773d7f29c6t.jpg) (http://radikal.ru/F/s53.radikal.ru/i141/0808/4e/3b773d7f29c6.jpg.html)
Title: Re: St. Petersburg imperial country residences news
Post by: ArchitectCS on August 12, 2008, 12:01:25 PM

It is so exciting to see what is being rebuilt at the palaces these days.  I know that the Farm Palace at Peterhof is being restored, but does anyone know what is being worked on at the other palaces?  Are any of Catherine the Great's rooms at the Catherine palace being worked on currently?  Will the tragic death of Dr. Sautov change things at Tsarskoye Selo?  Is much going on at Gatchina?

I apologize for all the questions, but I am endlessly curious, sadly illiterate when it comes to Russian, and unable to travel to Russia at present.  This is the only way I can experience these places (for now).

Thanks.
Title: Re: St. Petersburg imperial country residences news
Post by: Vladimir_V. on September 09, 2008, 10:38:27 AM
[
Is much going on at Gatchina?

Gatchina has the same problem as the Alexander Palace had: many owners.
Gatchina is a state (federal) monument, but it is a museum, that belongs to St Petersburg government.
But it is located in Leningradskaya oblast (St Petersburg and Leningradskaya oblast are the different federal states).
The State (Russia) wants to pass Gatchina palace and park complex to the regional level
but St Petersburg and Leningradskaya oblast can`t decide who will be the successor.
Title: Re: St. Petersburg imperial country residences news
Post by: Vladimir_V. on October 27, 2008, 02:06:35 PM
Interview of Olga Taratynova, Director of Tsarskoe Selo Museum:
“we have to begin the restoration of the Alexander Palace”

(in Russian) http://www.spbvedomosti.ru/print.htm?id=10253192@SV_Guest
Title: Re: St. Petersburg imperial country residences news
Post by: Douglas on October 27, 2008, 03:18:40 PM
In English.........http://209.85.171.104/translate_c?hl=en&sl=ru&tl=en&u=http://www.spbvedomosti.ru/print.htm%3Fid%3D10253192%40SV_Guest&usg=ALkJrhjA_FNq1QUc6Y3-RmSxJD69A1mVcw

This is the English translation URL of the previous webpage posted by Vladimir concerning the restoration of the AP.


What she actually said about the AP:  Russian = English

"300 th anniversary of town - plank of the reserve team must necessarily take. Но юбилей для нас не финиш, а только очередная станция. But an anniversary for us not to finish, but the next station. Работы на две жизни хватит. Work on two life enough. Надо начинать восстанавливать Александровский парк, Александровский дворец... We must begin to rebuild Alexander Park, the Alexander Palace ...

– С чего вы собираетесь начать? - What are you going to start?

– Конкретно не отвечу. - Specifically, did not answer. Мне надо ознакомиться со всеми документами, делами, поговорить с каждым менеджером, с сотрудниками музея, узнать об их планах, надеждах, перспективах. I need to read all documents, deeds, to talk with each manager, with museum staff, learn about their plans, expectations, prospects. Все это предстоит оценить и осмыслить, чтобы дальше двигаться вместе, для начала – к юбилейному 2010 году. All this is to evaluate and understand that the next move together, to start - to yubileynomu"
Title: Re: St. Petersburg imperial country residences news
Post by: Vladimir_V. on November 26, 2008, 01:34:53 PM
News from Tsarskoe Selo

1.Alexander Palace opens the doors of the Parade Halls in 2010?!
2. Ratnaya Palata (Armory Museum that was built in 1912-1915 near the Feodorovsky Cathedral) will be a museum of WWI in TS museum complex.

Press conference of Tsarskoe Selo Museum:
http://www.rosbaltpiter.ru/2008/11/19/541549.html

Title: Re: St. Petersburg imperial country residences news
Post by: Joanna on November 26, 2008, 01:58:50 PM
Thanks Vladimir for the update. It appears that the military still occupy the right wing if the enfilade rooms will have the exhibit in 2010. From my understanding of the article, the Museum will work on the exterior of the AP during the next two years and then after the anniversary celebrations of 2010, will have the funds and time to concentrate on the palace and park. One issue are funds as the allocation will be determined in December and with the financial crisis, it may impede future plans.

Joanna

Title: Re: St. Petersburg imperial country residences news
Post by: Joanna on November 26, 2008, 03:02:48 PM
Further links from Vladimir's post on the press conference this week with the Tsarskoe Selo Museum complex, Pavlovsk will return items that belong to the Alexander Palace when the museum is completed:

http://www.rosbalt.ru/2008/11/19/543079.html

Joanna
Title: Re: St. Petersburg imperial country residences news
Post by: PAVLOV on December 17, 2008, 07:05:57 AM
I recently came across a website, in Russian, which I cannot understand, listing many Russian Country houses and their churches, with exterior photoghraphs. It is a wonderful site. i am just so sorry that it is in Russian, as I am facinated by the country estates of Russia. My Russian is so bad, that I am unable to give you the name of the saite. Perhaps someone knows the site, and can tell me if it is available in english. 
Title: Re: St. Petersburg imperial country residences news
Post by: Douglas on December 17, 2008, 11:13:56 AM
All websites can be translated.  Go to Google Translate.....Tools...follow the instructions.
Title: Re: St. Petersburg imperial country residences news
Post by: Douglas on December 17, 2008, 03:41:51 PM
http://translate.google.com/translate?u=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.nataturka.ru%2F&sl=ru&tl=en&hl=en&ie=UTF-8

This is the website about Russian manor houses in English.
Title: Re: St. Petersburg imperial country residences news
Post by: Vladimir_V. on December 26, 2008, 10:57:19 AM
New exhibition in the Pavlovsk Palace:
Grand Duke Konstantin Konstantinovich – Poet and Citizen.
December 2008 – March 2009
http://www.pavlovskmuseum.ru/news/news_detail.php?ID=2285
Title: Re: St. Petersburg imperial country residences news
Post by: Vladimir_V. on February 05, 2009, 05:52:27 AM
Tsarskoe Selo.

St.Petersburg government decided to lease the Imperial Train Station.
Data of the auction: March 18 2009
Building of former train station
Address: St Petersburg, Pushkin town (Tsarskoe Selo), Akademichesky pr. 35a
S=407 m2
Start price:  $10 100
Time of rent: 49 years
Indispensable condition: to spend for the reconstruction not less than $4 600 000

http://www.bn.ru/news/2009/02/04/40219.html
Title: Re: St. Petersburg imperial country residences news
Post by: Douglas on February 05, 2009, 11:23:32 AM
.Here is another translation of  the notice about the leasing of the train station.

Tsarskoselsky station lease offering

On Wednesday, March 18, St. Petersburg Property Fund will hold a tender on sale of lease rights  of the former railway station building.  The building area of 407 sq. . м. . meters located at the Academic prospect, 35a, and is not currently used.

. Winner of auction will be the lease of the building for 49 years.

 Initial price of an annual rent of 363 thousand rubles [$10,075 per year].  According to the investment environment in the three years after the signing of a contract won in the bidding,  the winning company must invest in the reconstruction of the building at least 166 million rubles [$4,600,000].


04.02.2009 12:01 | Источник БН.ру | Автор Сергей Бардин 04.02.2009 12:01 | Source BN.ru | Author Sergey Bardin
Title: Re: St. Petersburg imperial country residences news
Post by: Vladimir_V. on March 05, 2009, 12:50:22 PM
Peterhof

Crisis stopped the recreation of the Lower Palace:

http://www.mr7.ru/news/society/story_9880.html
Title: Re: St. Petersburg imperial country residences news
Post by: Cathy on March 07, 2009, 07:44:28 AM
Oh Vladimir - I knew it may happen because of the terrible economy but I am disappointed - it was one I was really looking forward to - from a pile of rubble to the glories of the past :-)
Title: Re: St. Petersburg imperial country residences news
Post by: Vladimir_V. on March 07, 2009, 01:58:34 PM
I hope we will see the new Lower Palace.
I want to see. I don`t smoke. I swim every day.
:-)
Title: Re: St. Petersburg imperial country residences news
Post by: gleb on March 08, 2009, 07:37:50 AM
How sad!

And the Fermersky palace hasn't been completed yet. Who knows, maybe one day...
Title: Re: St. Petersburg imperial country residences news
Post by: Joanna on March 11, 2009, 09:25:46 PM
Gleb, the Fermersky palace has been completed. They were installing the interiors last year when we were there.

Vladimir, do you know what has happened with the Fermersky? I had thought it was to open last August. Has Abris published a book on it yet? Do you know what other books Abris will publish in 2010?

Joanna
Title: Re: St. Petersburg imperial country residences news
Post by: Vladimir_V. on March 13, 2009, 11:56:04 AM
Vladimir, do you know what has happened with the Fermersky? I had thought it was to open last August.
Has Abris published a book on it yet? Do you know what other books Abris will publish in 2010?


They are still working at the design of the halls. They want to create the exposition on the first (ground) floor and open the museum in this year.
And today they are working in the garden of the Farm Palace (small grotto, pergola and two fountains).
Abris hasn`t published any books on it. But we are in waiting : )
Title: Re: St. Petersburg imperial country residences news
Post by: Vladimir_V. on March 13, 2009, 11:57:26 AM
Interesting paper: http://top.rbc.ru/society/12/03/2009/286293.shtml
Tourism to Russia and from Russia in 2008

from Canada to Russia +66%
Spain +33%
Norway +33%
Italy +10%
UK +9%

Austria –17%
Switzerland –12%
France –8%
Title: Re: St. Petersburg imperial country residences news
Post by: Cathy on March 14, 2009, 07:15:04 AM
Vladimir - I think that we were 2 of the 44 K that came from Canada and we were very glad we did :-)
Do you think that 142 K from Finland is a good tourist year? And 185,9 K from US?
Title: Re: St. Petersburg imperial country residences news
Post by: Vladimir_V. on March 14, 2009, 08:33:04 AM
142K from small Finland.
Well, don`t forget they go to shop-tour to buy the same goods&food but without Finnish duties.

Only 185K from US
I think it is so small because US propaganda.
Title: Re: St. Petersburg imperial country residences news
Post by: Vladimir_V. on March 25, 2009, 02:53:45 AM
The Imperial Train Station in Tsarskoe Selo found a new host:
http://www.regnum.ru/news/1138901.html

(http://s43.radikal.ru/i099/0903/6a/767ee6583077.jpg) (http://www.radikal.ru)
Title: Re: St. Petersburg imperial country residences news
Post by: mansotogracia on March 25, 2009, 08:55:35 AM
Hello Everyone!

Tried to translate with Babelfish and didnt make sense at all. Could someone recomend me a better one, or have a translation of the page.

Thanks.
Title: Re: St. Petersburg imperial country residences news
Post by: pastpalacelife on March 25, 2009, 08:42:13 PM
Hey!  I always go to this site    " http://www.online-translator.com/text_Translation.aspx"  I put it in my Favorites file, just below the AP Forum.  Good luck.
Title: Re: St. Petersburg imperial country residences news
Post by: mansotogracia on March 26, 2009, 01:39:08 PM
Thank you very much! I just visited the site, and it was a very good translation.

Good news indeed for Saint Petersburg.
Title: Re: St. Petersburg imperial country residences news
Post by: Cathy on March 29, 2009, 06:46:38 AM
The Imperial Train Station in Tsarskoe Selo found a new host:
http://www.regnum.ru/news/1138901.html

(http://s43.radikal.ru/i099/0903/6a/767ee6583077.jpg) (http://www.radikal.ru)

Vladimir - maybe we will meet you for dinner there in a few years time :-)
Title: Re: St. Petersburg imperial country residences news
Post by: Vladimir_V. on March 29, 2009, 10:24:04 AM
Ok, Cathy. It is very good idea!
Title: Re: St. Petersburg imperial country residences news
Post by: Vladimir_V. on March 29, 2009, 10:24:51 AM
Pavlovsk. “Bip” Castle today:

http://www.nortfort.ru/bip/foto20_e.html
Title: Re: St. Petersburg imperial country residences news
Post by: Vladimir_V. on April 05, 2009, 02:27:50 PM
Tsarskoe Selo

The museum started the restoration of the Llama Pavilion in the Alexander Park.

(http://s45.radikal.ru/i108/0904/fc/c2fbfcbe369e.jpg) (http://www.radikal.ru)
Title: Re: St. Petersburg imperial country residences news
Post by: ArchitectCS on April 07, 2009, 07:41:45 AM
Does anyone have a pre-war photo of the Llama Pavilion?  I am totally unfamiliar with this one.
Title: Re: St. Petersburg imperial country residences news
Post by: Cathy on April 08, 2009, 07:57:57 AM
Does anyone have a pre-war photo of the Llama Pavilion?  I am totally unfamiliar with this one.
I do not have a picture (I have lots of pictures from 2006, 2008 before the reconstruction but after the destruction!!). But go to the Time Machine's page on 'Palace Park - Llama House and Elephants from our online book Tsarskoe Selo in 1910' for a picture and a little history.
Title: Re: St. Petersburg imperial country residences news
Post by: Cathy on April 08, 2009, 08:01:04 AM
Vladimir
Do you have any idea why they chose to reconstruct the Llama pavilion rather than the Chinese Theatre or the Arsenal for example? It seems to me that generally tourists would not walk that far!!
Title: Re: St. Petersburg imperial country residences news
Post by: Vladimir_V. on April 08, 2009, 12:17:58 PM
I think because it is small (“small” money for the recreation). Second reason: it has never been a museum (they can use the building for the profit, like the Chinese Village). Third reason: probably they found a Sponsor which likes Llames.  : )
Title: Re: St. Petersburg imperial country residences news
Post by: Vladimir_V. on April 11, 2009, 10:50:56 AM
Peterhof

The museum started the recreation of the interiors of the church in the Great Peterhof Palace, where Tatiana, Maria, Anastasia and Alexei were christened.

http://peterhofmuseum.ru/2009/20090324.html

(http://s41.radikal.ru/i094/0904/ba/365199f8e176.jpg) (http://www.radikal.ru)

(http://s55.radikal.ru/i147/0904/c5/e669e3cedf0b.jpg) (http://www.radikal.ru)

Title: Re: St. Petersburg imperial country residences news
Post by: Vassili_Vorontsoff on April 13, 2009, 04:53:06 PM
The turkish Bath of Tsarskoe Selo has reopened after a precise restoration, a major monument returned to the imperial field!

http://www.archi.ru/events/news/news_current_press.html?nid=15743&fl=1&sl=1

(http://i146.photobucket.com/albums/r248/vassiliv/bainturc.jpg)
Title: Re: St. Petersburg imperial country residences news
Post by: ArchitectCS on April 15, 2009, 07:12:45 AM
Thanks for the advice on the Llama Pavilion, Cathy!  I can't believe how many small buildings used to be in the Imperial parks.
Title: Re: St. Petersburg imperial country residences news
Post by: ArchitectCS on April 16, 2009, 11:47:49 AM
Here are some prewar photos of the chapel at Peterhof.  I got these from the book 'Rastrelli' by Matveev.  If anyone has any more pictures of the restored interior, please post them!  Also, I'd love to see pics of the completed Turkish Pavilion (interior and exterior). 

(http://i121.photobucket.com/albums/o236/architectcs/Peterhof1.jpg)

(http://i121.photobucket.com/albums/o236/architectcs/Peterhof2.jpg)

(http://i121.photobucket.com/albums/o236/architectcs/Peterhof3.jpg)
Title: Re: St. Petersburg imperial country residences news
Post by: Vassili_Vorontsoff on April 18, 2009, 03:01:55 PM
ArchitectCS,




I must own up that I have mistaken, the turkish pavilion is only partially restored, the extorior has been consolidate wheras the interiors is still during restoration, from what I read in the russian article, it must be completed in a near future.

Apologize...
Title: Re: St. Petersburg imperial country residences news
Post by: Vassili_Vorontsoff on April 18, 2009, 04:18:27 PM
A photo of the exterior monument, restored, the whole building will be reopen in june.

Givent its size, this pavilion is plan for the being visited by small groups of visitors (14-15) each time, visitors must be patient!

(http://i146.photobucket.com/albums/r248/vassiliv/43631.jpg)

Title: Re: St. Petersburg imperial country residences news
Post by: Douglas on April 19, 2009, 11:04:17 AM
Thanks Vassili

What a gem of a little building...!
Title: Re: St. Petersburg imperial country residences news
Post by: ArchitectCS on April 20, 2009, 07:57:54 AM
Vassili,

Thanks for posting the wonderful picture.  I had no idea the dome was gilded!
Title: Re: St. Petersburg imperial country residences news
Post by: Vladimir_V. on April 24, 2009, 01:30:46 PM
I can add the link http://www.fisp.spb.ru/index.php?page=224&lng=ru
(the Turkish bath in the process of restoration)

(http://s49.radikal.ru/i124/0904/15/7cc369bf81a5.jpg) (http://www.radikal.ru)

(http://s46.radikal.ru/i112/0904/3d/c74d642a6333.jpg) (http://www.radikal.ru)
Title: Re: St. Petersburg imperial country residences news
Post by: Vassili_Vorontsoff on April 26, 2009, 08:33:33 AM
Dear Vlad,
Your send as usual are more marvellous than marvellous itself...I'm wordless!

Vassia
Title: Re: St. Petersburg imperial country residences news
Post by: Vladimir_V. on May 08, 2009, 01:08:27 PM
Thank you. Really, as I remember, this link was found by you.
Title: Re: St. Petersburg imperial country residences news
Post by: Vladimir_V. on May 08, 2009, 01:11:10 PM
Season 2009 in Tsarskoe Selo

Today Tsarskoe Selo museum begins a new tourist season. In this day the ferries in the Catherine Park start to work (to the island with the Concert Hall and Tzesma Column).

(http://i021.radikal.ru/0905/19/85d350a3257bt.jpg) (http://radikal.ru/F/i021.radikal.ru/0905/19/85d350a3257b.jpg.html) (http://s59.radikal.ru/i166/0905/81/8a2e80013b97t.jpg) (http://radikal.ru/F/s59.radikal.ru/i166/0905/81/8a2e80013b97.jpg.html) (http://s39.radikal.ru/i084/0905/fd/0d83c15b128dt.jpg) (http://radikal.ru/F/s39.radikal.ru/i084/0905/fd/0d83c15b128d.jpg.html)


The museum bought 4 special trains for the tourists that will be working in the Catherine and Alexander Parks.

(http://s61.radikal.ru/i174/0905/7d/261f56cdee96t.jpg) (http://radikal.ru/F/s61.radikal.ru/i174/0905/7d/261f56cdee96.jpg.html) (http://i032.radikal.ru/0905/de/9ffa48851a97t.jpg) (http://radikal.ru/F/i032.radikal.ru/0905/de/9ffa48851a97.jpg.html)

Title: Re: St. Petersburg imperial country residences news
Post by: Vladimir_V. on May 24, 2009, 08:32:31 AM
Tsarskoe Selo 2010

The Arabesque Hall in the Catherine Palace will be restored to the TS jubilee.

(http://i041.radikal.ru/0905/9c/ca2131f47cfe.jpg) (http://www.radikal.ru)

(http://i066.radikal.ru/0905/7d/f30d2a9c2a6f.jpg) (http://www.radikal.ru)
http://www.mr7.ru/news/society/story_11274.html


The Pavilion Hermitage in the Catherine Park in the process of the restoration:

(http://i041.radikal.ru/0905/de/8464c4c2345b.jpg) (http://www.radikal.ru)
http://www.mr7.ru/news/society/story_12335.html
Title: Re: St. Petersburg imperial country residences news
Post by: ArchitectCS on May 27, 2009, 11:27:31 AM
Vladimir,

Your latest post fills me with joy!  The Arabesque Hall is one of my most favorite rooms. I've always had to admire it from old photos and it is wonderful to see it in color.  Do you know if the arabesques in the lower panels are being restored to their pre-war design or to Cameron's original?  I know that they were altered sometime in the mid to late 19th century.  Personally, I'd prefer Cameron's as his were very delicate.

Also, thanks for the picture of the Hermitage Pavilion.  I'm so glad they are finally getting around to it.  I think it is the only building in the Catherine Park that is still completely by Rastrelli (although I'm not sure on the Grotto...).  I've got some prewar pics I'll try and post in the next few days and some very recent pics of the Catherine Palace.  My boss just got back from a trip to Russia and took about 300 pictures for me!
Title: Re: St. Petersburg imperial country residences news
Post by: PAVLOV on May 27, 2009, 12:37:29 PM
These restorations are wonderful, but everything looks too new, and the gilding looks so bright, it will probably look better and more original in 50 years time when everything has mellowed.
I realise they cannot tone it down, but new restored gilt always looks so cheap and fake.

Just sad that they have so much money and the manpower to do all of this, while the Alexander Palace is rotting and falling apart, just 20 minutes walk away !!

     
Title: Re: St. Petersburg imperial country residences news
Post by: ArchitectCS on May 28, 2009, 07:11:06 AM
I ended up answering my own question about the Arabesque Hall. After a little research I found that they are most definitely restoring Cameron's original design-or something close to it.  The hall was redecorated sometime in the 19th century and became a lot more fussy with heavier decor.  I'll post some pics of the changes, but it probably won't be until Monday.
Title: Re: St. Petersburg imperial country residences news
Post by: Vladimir_V. on May 28, 2009, 09:35:59 AM
I also think that it is Cameron`s design.
Title: Re: St. Petersburg imperial country residences news
Post by: ArchitectCS on June 01, 2009, 12:50:50 PM
Here are some prewar pics of the interior of Rastrelli's Hermitage Pavilion, which is now being restored.  I'll post some pics and drawings of the Arabesque Hall tomorrow.  These pictures were taken from a 1930's book on Rastrelli by Matveev.

(http://i121.photobucket.com/albums/o236/architectcs/Catherine%20Palace/Alexander%20Palace%20Forum/IMG_4355.jpg)

(http://i121.photobucket.com/albums/o236/architectcs/Catherine%20Palace/Alexander%20Palace%20Forum/IMG_4357.jpg)

(http://i121.photobucket.com/albums/o236/architectcs/Catherine%20Palace/Alexander%20Palace%20Forum/IMG_4356.jpg)
Title: Re: St. Petersburg imperial country residences news
Post by: ArchitectCS on June 02, 2009, 12:03:35 PM
Here are some pics of the Arabesque Hall.  As you can see, it is being restored to Cameron's design-or at least to how Cameron's design was originally executed.

Here it is prewar.  Note how much more elaborate the ceiling is, along with the upper wall treatment.

(http://i121.photobucket.com/albums/o236/architectcs/Catherine%20Palace/Alexander%20Palace%20Forum/IMG_4360-1.jpg)

Here are Cameron's original wall and ceiling designs.  They were not installed this way-no vines in the upper level and no classical stoves either.  It is interesting to see Cameron's original designs as they almost always are different from what was put in.  Sometimes he would even do more than one design for a room (quite different from each other) and then the final version would be different still.  His drawings are really something and worth looking into.  If anyone knows of a book of his complete drawings, let me know!

(http://i121.photobucket.com/albums/o236/architectcs/Catherine%20Palace/Alexander%20Palace%20Forum/IMG_4358.jpg)

(http://i121.photobucket.com/albums/o236/architectcs/Catherine%20Palace/Alexander%20Palace%20Forum/IMG_4361.jpg)

Here is the room as it looked in the mid 19th century.  As you can see, it is quite different from the prewar pics.  Even the arabesque designs on the lower level are not the same.  Compare this to Vladimir's post a few posts back and you can see that this is what they are restoring the room to.

(http://i121.photobucket.com/albums/o236/architectcs/Catherine%20Palace/Alexander%20Palace%20Forum/IMG_4385.jpg)

I got these pictures from several sources, primarily 'The Empress and the Architect' by Shvidkovsky and 'British Art Treasures from Russian Imperial Collections' by Allen.  Sorry the pictures are a little distorted-if I scan the pages on a scanner, it's bad for the bindings.  Sorry if this post is a little too big as well.
Title: Re: St. Petersburg imperial country residences news
Post by: Joanna on June 21, 2009, 01:42:21 PM
(http://i146.photobucket.com/albums/r248/vassiliv/43631.jpg)

A stunning, beyond belief, that I am seeing the same view c1863:
http://photoarchive.spb.ru:9090/www/showChildObjects.do?object=2500243459

Joanna
Title: Re: St. Petersburg imperial country residences news
Post by: Vladimir_V. on June 28, 2009, 09:34:28 AM
Exhibitions in Tsarskoe Selo 2009

(http://i070.radikal.ru/0906/6d/577c2b1ea884.jpg) (http://www.radikal.ru)

Catherine Palace (3d Antichamber) – Amber
http://www.tzar.ru/shows/show/?id=2489

Catherine Palace (basement) – Items from gold, silver
http://tzar.ru/museums/excursions/spesialstores

Cold Bath – Porcelain of Imperial Porcelain Manufacture
http://www.tzar.ru/shows/show/?id=2548

Upper Bath – Dolls
http://www.tzar.ru/shows/show/?id=2522

Grotto – Tsarskoe Selo Flowers
http://tzar.ru/shows/show/archive/?id=1876

Admiralty – Gusars (uniforms, arms, documents and paintings)
http://www.tzar.ru/shows/show/?id=2473
Title: Re: St. Petersburg imperial country residences news
Post by: Vladimir_V. on July 09, 2009, 10:10:47 AM
Turkish Bath in the Catherine Park is a museum again!

(http://s42.radikal.ru/i096/0907/53/5f8f52b39af1.jpg) (http://www.radikal.ru)

Big photos:

Turkish Bath
http://s51.radikal.ru/i132/0907/4a/2168c1cf7911.jpg

Checkroom
http://s59.radikal.ru/i165/0907/1d/8334b7535a5a.jpg

Cupola in the Central Hall
http://s41.radikal.ru/i091/0907/7c/4d361a30c009.jpg

Columns in the Central Hall
http://s41.radikal.ru/i092/0907/ef/9bb0cda27ca6.jpg

Fountain
http://i041.radikal.ru/0907/36/23555dd51069.jpg

Before the restoration
http://s44.radikal.ru/i104/0907/3b/526f515a0a0d.jpg

Title: Re: St. Petersburg imperial country residences news
Post by: Vladimir_V. on July 19, 2009, 10:09:45 AM
Does anyone have a pre-war photo of the Llama Pavilion?

I found a drawing of Llama Pavilion by architect A.Vidov.

(http://i034.radikal.ru/0907/bc/6c556ad95909.jpg) (http://www.radikal.ru)
http://i057.radikal.ru/0907/8c/ac59a7f28008.tif

Short history:
1822-24, architect A.Menelaus
1860, architect I.Monigetti (glass gallery for the photographers)
1870th, architect A.Vidov (reconstruction of the glass gallery)
1941-45 destroyed by the fire
after WWII the pavilion was rebuilt
1950-1960 block of flats
Title: Re: St. Petersburg imperial country residences news
Post by: Cathy on July 29, 2009, 06:58:49 AM
Hi Vladimir

Do you know how the "1950-1960 block of flats" were destroyed to the shell that we saw in 2006? And a second thought - who would have lived in the flats when the paviilon was so far away from the AP/CP and even the street beyond the elephant house. Or could it be palace workers or military?

Thanks
Cathy

PS Can't wait to see it restored :-)
Title: Re: St. Petersburg imperial country residences news
Post by: Vladimir_V. on July 29, 2009, 01:29:18 PM
who would have lived in the flats when the paviilon was so far away from the AP/CP

Dear Cathy

I think after WW2 the problem was to find any flat, any house, that people could repair (without restoration, new roof, new bottom, new selling, new doors and windows without any old architecture draws) for temporary living (without toilet, hot water, bathroom, central heating and internet : ). After WWII people lived in many museum buildings, which walls were not absolutely destroyed.

Than the state built new houses and nobody lived in the Liama pavilion. The pavilion was far away from the town and main museum buildings. I think in those years the museum count not spend money for the security of the pavilion.
Title: Re: St. Petersburg imperial country residences news
Post by: Cathy on July 30, 2009, 06:34:56 AM
Thanks so much Vladimir. I wonder if there are any pictures of it from 1930 - 1960.
Title: Re: St. Petersburg imperial country residences news
Post by: Vladimir_V. on July 31, 2009, 02:57:20 PM
July in Alexandria

(http://s46.radikal.ru/i114/0907/6c/f1738691e380.jpg) (http://www.radikal.ru)

(http://i060.radikal.ru/0907/de/0adc53bcbe66.jpg) (http://www.radikal.ru)

(http://s58.radikal.ru/i159/0907/2d/c013cd1afc58.jpg) (http://www.radikal.ru)

(http://s50.radikal.ru/i129/0907/69/34558e051d40.jpg) (http://www.radikal.ru)

(http://s50.radikal.ru/i128/0907/e7/390948012879.jpg) (http://www.radikal.ru)
Title: Re: St. Petersburg imperial country residences news
Post by: Vladimir_V. on August 30, 2009, 03:21:23 PM
Peterhof restored mechanical devices of the elevating table in the Hermitage Pavilion in the Lower Park.

The first floor of the Hermitage Pavilion is occupied by one spacious hall. The Hall was intended for a close circle of people. Nothing and nobody was to disturb the intimacy of the setting. In the middle of the Hall, fourteen persons sat at the large oval table with the place set for each. The central section of the table with all the serving dishes was raised from below, but any participant in the feast could also order a meal of his own. To this end, he had only to state what he wished in a note, put it on a plate and pull a bell-cord. Downstairs, in the Pantry, the bell rang and the servants lowered the plate down a special shaft. The plate with the meal ordered was then sent upstairs and rose before the guest as if by magic. This table lasted up until 1941.

Ground floor with devices
(http://s49.radikal.ru/i124/0908/53/2aa2f2c801dd.jpg) (http://www.radikal.ru)

Title: Re: St. Petersburg imperial country residences news
Post by: Vladimir_V. on September 25, 2009, 02:59:10 PM
19 September 2009 Peterhof. Night Festival of Fountains:
http://fotki.yandex.ru/users/marinaanru/album/76718/
http://picasaweb.google.ru/museum.peterhof/omSdTH#

(http://i003.radikal.ru/0909/4b/3bf9ed73fb0b.jpg) (http://www.radikal.ru)
Title: Re: St. Petersburg imperial country residences news
Post by: Vladimir_V. on September 27, 2009, 01:50:11 PM
Tsarskoe Selo

New exhibition of costume is working in the restored Evening Hall in the Catherine Park.

(http://s39.radikal.ru/i085/0909/75/32feae09b7cb.jpg) (http://www.radikal.ru)

(http://s16.radikal.ru/i190/0909/ce/252a382822a9.jpg) (http://www.radikal.ru)

(http://i075.radikal.ru/0909/b6/90da127333fc.jpg) (http://www.radikal.ru)

This year is a year of exhibitions in Tsarskoe Selo (in Evening Hall, Upper Bath, Grotto, Admiralty, Cold Bath, Cameron Gallery, Turkish Bath, Stables and 3 exhibitions in the Catherine Palace!)
Title: Re: St. Petersburg imperial country residences news
Post by: Vladimir_V. on October 03, 2009, 03:51:20 PM
Yesterday SPb governor Valentina Matvienko visited the Alexander Palace.
The city gives money for the restoration of three main halls of the Alexander Palace.

(http://i081.radikal.ru/0910/b1/c670abddf982.jpg) (http://www.radikal.ru)


V.Matvienko (in red), the next is the director of Tsarskoe Selo Museum Olga Taratynova (with red file in the hands).

(http://s16.radikal.ru/i191/0910/1c/7f5c5a09c235.jpg) (http://www.radikal.ru)

http://www.tzar.ru/Pictures/big672112544783.jpg
http://www.tzar.ru/Pictures/big59892812544715.jpg
http://www.tzar.ru/info/info-events/title/?id=2767
Title: Re: St. Petersburg imperial country residences news
Post by: Douglas on October 03, 2009, 06:11:50 PM
A big thank you Vlad for these recent photos.  I do notice the Navy officers standing by with their faces holding certain cautious expressions.

Also, I see that the rest of the temporary plywood panels have been removed from around the columns between rooms and that they have laid cardboard on the floor.  Present also was a large photo of how the room used to look.
Title: Re: St. Petersburg imperial country residences news
Post by: Vladimir_V. on October 13, 2009, 01:47:40 PM
Tsarskoe Selo

The museum opened for visitors the restored Ruin-Tower (1771) in the Catherine Park.

(http://i044.radikal.ru/0910/eb/bc774ea1f39a.jpg) (http://www.radikal.ru)

http://s53.radikal.ru/i139/0910/ba/32760b7f2127.jpg
http://i008.radikal.ru/0910/8d/8ea9d1c76679.jpg

View from the Ruin-Tower:

(http://s40.radikal.ru/i089/0910/44/4569f786b1f3.jpg) (http://www.radikal.ru)


Pipe of Horrors (21m) in the center of the Ruin-Tower where Catherine II threw down her former boyfriends:

(http://i002.radikal.ru/0910/4b/7f5a08a72d75.jpg) (http://www.radikal.ru)

(http://s50.radikal.ru/i130/0910/d1/1b11880e39a4.jpg) (http://www.radikal.ru)

(http://s39.radikal.ru/i083/0910/8d/8d45064befbe.jpg) (http://www.radikal.ru)
Title: Re: St. Petersburg imperial country residences news
Post by: PAVLOV on October 19, 2009, 09:19:07 AM
I beg to differ. Catherine never threw her ex lovers down a well. I have read 5 biographies, and  she certainly did not.
Everyone knows this.
Title: Re: St. Petersburg imperial country residences news
Post by: Vecchiolarry on October 19, 2009, 10:31:02 AM
Hi Pavlov,

Yes, I agree with you - Catherine the Great never threw anybody down a well or off a tower.
This is a real dis-service to an historical figure to manufacture such garbage information.
Instead, she often advanced them along in society and even gave them a palace or two (Orlov & Potemkin)
Catherine was one of the most enlightened rulers in history and shouldn't be equated with Elizabeth Bathory and her like.

Thank you for posting this real information...

Larry
Title: Re: St. Petersburg imperial country residences news
Post by: richard_1990 on October 19, 2009, 11:23:36 AM
Lighten up both of you. There's myths surrounding all famous rulers. A more common myth in Russia surrounding Catherine the Great is that she died on the toilet.
Title: Re: St. Petersburg imperial country residences news
Post by: PAVLOV on October 21, 2009, 04:24:06 AM
This is a history site. We need to stick to the historical facts, as they are recorded. Not fairy tales.
If you want to check the facts out, I could refer you to a number of biographies, including her diaries.
Many of us are members of this site because we know the facts and pursue the truth, and research the subject.

Ivan the Terrible most probably disposed of people by dropping them down a well. Not Catherine. As previously mentioned, she worked very hard at enlightening Russia, and if I am not mistaken, even abolished the death sentence.
If I am wrong, will someone correct me please ?
Thanksl
Title: Re: St. Petersburg imperial country residences news
Post by: Vecchiolarry on October 21, 2009, 09:44:05 AM
Hi,

Pavlov -
I think that Elizabeth abolished the death penalty, but Catherine certainly continued with not implementing it also.
Although, she probably dispatched Pugachov - although I'm not sure what became of him really!!

Richard 1990 -
I did see the humour in that posting about Catherine throwing her lovers down the well - -
BUT - my worry about that is that there are people on this board who don't know the real history of many of these rulers and they do believe everything posted as gospel.
My posting was simply to enlighten about the real facts.
I must say, humourously!!, that there are some people I've known in my life that I'd gladly throw down there....

Larry
Title: Re: St. Petersburg imperial country residences news
Post by: Vladimir_V. on October 21, 2009, 02:36:28 PM
It is a joke, of course : )))

She had never murdered her former boyfriends. Only politic competitors..

The doorway that she used:
http://s58.radikal.ru/i161/0910/b4/4b7a81e4dc55.jpg
Title: Re: St. Petersburg imperial country residences news
Post by: PAVLOV on October 22, 2009, 07:48:09 AM
Yes maybe I had a sense of humour failure. But as you say, some people do believe the written word as gospel.
And you are right, Pugachov tested her patience to the limit. One thing about Catherine was that she did not take lightly to having her hard earned position threatened by anyone.

What happened to Pugachov ?. One of her biographies goes into exact detail as to what she did to him. Horrible things. Ivan the Terrible stuff.
She forgot her enlightened attitude with him. If I remember correctly, he was disembowled, had his arms and legs cut off, and was then dragged around a bit by horses, and finally beheaded. His head was then prominently displayed as a warning to anyone else who thought they could mess with her in future.

Despite this she was a civilised, very cultured, generous and well read. She loved her country and cared about people. Her effort and love for Russia is clearly evident to this day. But I would not have messed with her.

Anyway, what a strange looking building ! Not pretty at all. 
Title: Re: St. Petersburg imperial country residences news
Post by: Vecchiolarry on October 22, 2009, 09:12:17 AM
Hi Pavlov,

Gee, Pugachov would have been lucky if she'd have simply thrown him down that well!!!
I guess having one's head displayed prominently on a spike at the gates said to everyone - "Don't mess with Kate the Great!!".....

And yes, I agree, that building is ugly.

Larry
Title: Re: St. Petersburg imperial country residences news
Post by: ArchitectCS on October 23, 2009, 01:14:46 PM
Personally, I kind of like the idea of a legend where Catherine threw her lovers down the well.  I know, I know-it's not true, but isn't that the fun of legends? 

Also, I have to say that I think the ruin tower looks really ugly now that it has been restored.  I'm a huge advocate of restoring everything to the way it was when it was new, but this seems to be my one exception.  I definitely preferred the bare brick.  Maybe it will look better once the stucco fades and begins to crumble?  I don't ever remember seeing it this yellow with the fake 'cracks' on it in any of the watercolors I've seen from before the war.  But I suppose the restorers know what they're doing.
Title: Re: St. Petersburg imperial country residences news
Post by: Vladimir_V. on November 12, 2009, 12:50:52 PM
Anyway, what a strange looking building ! Not pretty at all. 

But it was HER desire and probably it was HER project.
Title: Re: St. Petersburg imperial country residences news
Post by: Vladimir_V. on November 12, 2009, 12:53:52 PM
Alexander Palace

Three main halls will be opened for visitors in June 2010.

http://www.regnum.ru/news/1224386.html

video: http://www.tv100.ru/news/K-letu-v-Aleksandrovskom-dvorce-otkrojutsja-tri-zala-16276/

Title: Re: St. Petersburg imperial country residences news
Post by: Douglas on November 12, 2009, 02:53:46 PM
Part 1 of Article

The military will have left the Alexander Palace by  the end of December 2009(St. Petersburg)

The first exhibition in the Alexander Palace (State Museum-Preserve of Tsarskoe Selo) will open June 24, 2010 - the day of official events related to the 300-year anniversary of Tsarskoe Selo. . As the correspondent of IA REGNUM News, about this today, 12 November, said CEO of GMZ "Tsarskoe Selo" Olga Taratynova.

". She recalled that on Oct. 22, 2009 by decision of Rosimushchestvo Alexander Palace was transferred from the Ministry of Defense of Russia in the GMZ "Tsarskoe Selo.  "All premises handed over to us and surprisingly well-preserved, intact and artificial marble, which were faced with the interior of the palace, it was closed gypsum plasterboard," - noted Tatatynova and stressed that the premises did not require reconstruction, but only the restoration.

. Part of the premises of the palace were transferred GMZ Tsarskoe Selo, even before the orders of Federal Property Management Agency, in 2001, and finally the military will close the doors in December 2009 - because of relocation Marine engineering services required 117 million rubles and a few other places.

Из Кстати, планируется восстановить подземный переход от Китайской кухни к Александровскому дворцу, вернуть часть экспонатов, находящихся ныне в других музеях. By the way, is planned to restore the underground passage from the Chinese cuisine to the Alexander Palace, the return of the exhibits that are now in other museums. В Александровском дворце в свое время впервые в России был установлен лифт, заработали один из первых телеграфов и синематографов. In the Alexander Palace in time for the first time in Russia was installed elevator, earned one of the first telegraph and motion picture.

Title: Re: St. Petersburg imperial country residences news
Post by: Douglas on November 12, 2009, 02:56:31 PM

Part 2 of Article:

From the federal budget for repairs in the palace were allocated funds in 2008-2009, totaling 130 million rubles. In 2010, as noted Taratynova assumed receive 370 million rubles from the federal budget.There will be landscaping the area around the palace, restored three rooms, central enfilade. . Roof repair has been completed and before the onset of cold weather was a restoration of the facades, which will continue in the spring of 2010.

. In the Alexander Palace planned to establish the Center House of Romanov. . The exhibition can be seen the true things that belong to members of the dynasty, will again be collected a library, which previously consisted of 28 thousand volumes, conference hall and restaurant, where you can taste dishes of the imperial kitchen. Be an electronic database on the past and the present House of Romanov.

Title: Re: St. Petersburg imperial country residences news
Post by: ArchitectCS on November 13, 2009, 10:13:19 AM
In the video of the palace, the part of the facade with no scaffolding is white. Is this the way they are restoring it?  I thought the AP had always been yellow, going back to at least the beginning of the 19th century if not earlier.  I have to admit, though, that the white really brings out the purity of Quarenghi's architecture.  Does anyone know what the plan is?
Title: Re: St. Petersburg imperial country residences news
Post by: Vladimir_V. on November 14, 2009, 02:08:05 PM
It will be yellow. I have never heard that there are any variants.

Interesting photos (TS website): http://www.tzar.ru/info/info-events/title/?id=2815
 
Title: Re: St. Petersburg imperial country residences news
Post by: Joanna on November 16, 2009, 06:09:03 PM
Vladimir, I have heard that the transfer from the navy has happened but they will retain a part (of the right wing?) for their archives. Also they transfered to the museum the kitchen building. Do you have any information to confirm?

Joanna
Title: Re: St. Petersburg imperial country residences news
Post by: PAVLOV on November 17, 2009, 06:40:30 AM
I am happy to hear that the kitchen building has also been transferred to the palace museum. I wonder what they are going to do with it ? I would imagine that it could make a wonderful " Kitchen Museum' with displays of silver and porcelain and all things related to Imperial Dining. Imagine if they reopened the tunnel to the palace, it could actually be quite a tourist attraction.
At least that is what I would do.
Sorry to hear that the Navy has not left entirely. maybe they will have their archives in the cellar, and leave the ground floor and 1st floor vacant for museum space.
Title: Re: St. Petersburg imperial country residences news
Post by: Vladimir_V. on November 17, 2009, 02:01:14 PM
Also they transfered to the museum the kitchen building.
I have heard they didn`t.
I`ve heard that the museum wants(!) to get  AP as soon as possible. The last information: it will be in December, but without the Kitchen House. And in next June we see three main halls! (I think we really see)
In the future the Kitchen house will be a museum restorant and the guests of the Alexander palace-museum will use the tunnel - new director said.
Title: Re: St. Petersburg imperial country residences news
Post by: Vladimir_V. on December 31, 2009, 03:57:18 AM
Winter exhibitions

Tsarskoe Selo: Vivat Elizabeth
http://translate.google.com/translate?u=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.tzar.ru%2Fshows%2Fshow%3Fid%3D2843&sl=ru&tl=en&hl=&ie=UTF-8

Peterhof: Christmas Sketches
http://translate.google.com/translate?hl=en&sl=ru&tl=en&u=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.regnum.ru%2Fnews%2F1239135.html

Pavlovsk: Will of the Empress
http://www.pavlovskmuseum.ru/news/exhibition/index.php?ELEMENT_ID=2602

http://translate.google.com/translate?u=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.pagewash.com%2F%2Fnph-index.cgi%2F010110A%2Fuggc%3A%2F%3D2fjjj.cniybifxzhfrhz.eh%2Farjf%2Frkuvovgvba%2Fvaqrk.cuc%3D3fRYRZRAG_VQ%3D3d2602&sl=ru&tl=en&hl=&ie=UTF-8
Title: Re: St. Petersburg imperial country residences news
Post by: Vladimir_V. on January 01, 2010, 08:24:45 AM
Pavlovsk
Restoration in 2009:

http://translate.google.com/translate?u=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.mr7.ru%2Fnews%2Fculture%2Fstory_21651.html&sl=ru&tl=en&hl=&ie=UTF-8

http://www.mr7.ru/news/culture/story_21651.html

Title: Re: St. Petersburg imperial country residences news
Post by: Vladimir_V. on January 06, 2010, 11:10:29 AM
Museum-Reserve "Tsarskoe Selo" opened the celebration of 300 anniversary of the city Tsarskoe Selo.

By the day of 300 anniversary of the city of Pushkin, which will be celebrated on June 24, 2010, the museum-reserve "Tsarskoe Selo" opened an exhibition dedicated to 300 anniversary of the Empress Elizabeth, the patroness of Tsarskoe Selo. This at a press conference, said director GMZ "Tsarskoe Selo" Olga Taratynova.

According to her, the exhibition will feature unique exhibits: porcelain Elisabeth's reign, brought from a museum in Kuskovo, unique paintings, articles of everyday life, among them - sugar table-stalls.

Anniversary program of the museum-reserve is part of the commemorative program of the city of Pushkin. It is assumed that in 2010 the museum organized eight exhibitions, will open after restoration pavilion "Concert Hall" and Arabesque Hall, the pavilion "Hermitage". It will also open several halls of Alexander Palace, which is not restored since then, as they left the family of Emperor Nicholas II.

Will open the anniversary exhibition at the Cameron Gallery "Life in the Russian style" and an exhibition at the Zubov wing of the Catherine Palace, devoted the last Romanov. In May exhibition opens Meissen Porcelain: 300 objects in the 300-meter suite of the palace to the 300-year anniversary. These are objects from the largest private collection Meissen porcelain in Europe - the collection of Kurt Krokenberger.

A special pride of the museum - Issue in Honor of unique albums that tell about the 100 best paintings from the collection, which formed the Elizabeth, of furniture and its royal owners, about the Alexander Palace. Be issued and unique album "Architects of Tsarskoe Selo".

In 2009, despite the crisis, the number of visitors to the State Museum-Reserve "Tsarskoe Selo" decreased slightly compared to 2008 year. As a REGNUM correspondent reports news about this today, December 23, said Olga Taratynova. According to her, in 2009, the Museum-Reserve of 1.54 million people visited, and in 2008 was slightly more visitors - 1.61 million people.

In May of 2010 will be fully completed work on the restoration of the Concert Hall in the Catherine Park of Tsarskoe Selo - the park end of the XVIII century building, constructed by order of Empress Catherine II. Here, she kept his collection of Roman sculptures, and in the central part of the pavilion in the floor were mounted fragments historic Roman mosaics (II century).

Also in the northern part of the park to the 300 anniversary of the Tsarskoe Selo will be rebuilt Creaky Pavilion, which also revived historic interiors and the weathervane on the roof, from which this pavilion was named. Arbor is a set of park buildings, imitating Chinese architecture. In its composition, in addition to the Chinese Village and the Chinese Theater, also includes 2 Chinese bridges across the canal that separates the Catherine and Alexander Parks. Bridges will be restored for the anniversary, with the exception of Chinese figures, which have been lost: to restore them later. In addition, decorative bridge would be restored at the Concert Hall.

The most complex object restoration in the park pavilion is the Hermitage Pavilion, built by Bartolomeo Rastrelli and, unlike most other park buildings, survived during the war: it preserved the original interior elements, including the lifting mechanisms for the dining room, which were arranged on a plan of the Empress Elizabeth. With their help with the first floor on the second rising laid tables. It is assumed that arrangements will be fully restored, but their work will be shown only one of the tables, and the rest will be used to imperetorskoy collection of porcelain, said O.Taratynova. All works in the Hermitage is expected to be completed by the anniversary celebrations.

In August of 2010 through federal funds will be completed as the reconstruction of the pavilion "Lower Bath".

Also in 2010, will be completed restoration of the facade of the Catherine Palace from the parade court with a coating of lime on the basis of similar historical. According to O.Taratynova, the palace will be updated with the restoration of gilded Throne Room. In addition, the first open Arabesque Hall, renovated in accordance with the original project, which is performed by Charles Cameron for Catherine II.
Title: Re: St. Petersburg imperial country residences news
Post by: Vladimir_V. on January 17, 2010, 10:51:08 AM
New private restaurant-palace near Peterhof:
http://www.summerpalace.ru/photo.php

Photos – Winter in Peterhof (January 2010):
http://www.peterhof.ru/?m=208&album=20

Title: Re: St. Petersburg imperial country residences news
Post by: richard_1990 on January 18, 2010, 11:17:10 PM
That restaurant looks really beautiful. Is it a restored palace on the grounds of Peterhof or an entirely new building?
Title: Re: St. Petersburg imperial country residences news
Post by: Vladimir_V. on January 19, 2010, 11:06:01 AM
That restaurant looks really beautiful. Is it a restored palace on the grounds of Peterhof or an entirely new building?

It is a new building.

In English: http://www.summerpalace.ru/index.php?l=1
Title: Re: St. Petersburg imperial country residences news
Post by: Vladimir_V. on February 09, 2010, 11:41:38 AM
New exhibition in Tsarskoe Selo (rooms of Alexander I)

http://translate.google.com/translate?u=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.tzar.ru%2Finfo%2Finfo-events%2Ftitle%2F%3Fid%3D2887&sl=ru&tl=en&hl=&ie=UTF-8
Title: Re: St. Petersburg imperial country residences news
Post by: Vladimir_V. on February 19, 2010, 02:52:16 PM
Tsarskoe Selo. Winter photos:
http://www.tzar.ru/info/info-events/title/?id=2890
Title: Re: St. Petersburg imperial country residences news
Post by: Vladimir_V. on February 26, 2010, 11:17:16 AM
Recreation of the Imperial dolls and toys in the Alexander Palace:

http://translate.google.com/translate?u=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.tzar.ru%2Finfo%2Finfo-events%2Ftitle%2F%3Fid%3D2895&sl=ru&tl=en&hl=&ie=UTF-8
Title: Re: St. Petersburg imperial country residences news
Post by: Vladimir_V. on April 09, 2010, 03:02:17 PM
Tsarskoe Selo Calendar of Events

May - Opening of the pavilion Concert Hall after the restoration

June, 1 - Opening of the exhibition "Life in the Russian Style", prepared by Tsarskoe Selo Museum and the State Historical Museum (Zubov Wing of the Catherine Palace)

June, 8 - Opening of the exhibition “Meissen for Tsarskoe Selo”. (Catherine Palace).

June, 15 - Opening of the restored Arabesque Hall of the Catherine Palace.

June, 21 - Opening of the three halls of the Alexander Palace after the restoration  (Portrait Hall, Semi-Circular Hall and Billiard Hall)

June, 24 - Opening of the pavilion Hermitage after the restoration

June, 24 - Opening of the Jubilee Exhibition "Property of the Nation" (Cameron Gallery)

August – Opening of the pavilion Lower Bath after the restoration

http://www.tzar.ru/info/eventcalendar
Title: Re: St. Petersburg imperial country residences news
Post by: Vladimir_V. on May 16, 2010, 02:55:49 PM
Tsarskoe Selo museum restored Chinese bridges in the Alexander Park.

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But the works in the Llama Pavilion was stopped. : (

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Title: Re: St. Petersburg imperial country residences news
Post by: pastpalacelife on May 16, 2010, 09:58:55 PM
Wow, is it just me or does the restoration seem too bright?  I suppose the restored version must be based on the original, but I think I liked the bridge better when it looked grey colored.
Title: Re: St. Petersburg imperial country residences news
Post by: PAVLOV on May 17, 2010, 07:35:25 AM
To be honest, I think they should have left it as it was. Could these be the original colours ?  If this is so, I think its very kitsch. Original or not.

The vase in the foreground is also too ghastly for words. I think the restorers are getting carried away.   
Title: Re: St. Petersburg imperial country residences news
Post by: Vladimir_V. on May 17, 2010, 12:01:56 PM
Could these be the original colours ?

I think, yes.

Chinoiserie is a kitsch, isn`t it?
Title: Re: St. Petersburg imperial country residences news
Post by: richard_1990 on May 18, 2010, 05:24:52 AM
Quote
To be honest, I think they should have left it as it was. Could these be the original colours ?  If this is so, I think its very kitsch. Original or not.
Of course it's kitsch and couldn't have been intended to be otherwise. It's a Chinese 'village' on the grounds of a Russian palace... Give the colours that were used at Catherine Palace it's not surprising that they're so bright.
Title: Re: St. Petersburg imperial country residences news
Post by: PAVLOV on May 18, 2010, 07:46:54 AM
A bit like a Mexican Hacienda in a Chinese village, or vice versa. I still think its awful.
I think it spoils the garden. Some of the things at Peterhof are similarly garish.
Title: Re: St. Petersburg imperial country residences news
Post by: richard_1990 on May 18, 2010, 09:46:42 AM
I think on the estate of any palace outside of Russia it would like terrible. But take into consideration the vibrant colours in all of Russia's major palaces - it's very unique. If you're walking from the eccentrically painted Catherine Palace through the gardens to the Chinese village then it's not going to be too shocking.
Title: Re: St. Petersburg imperial country residences news
Post by: ArchitectCS on May 18, 2010, 03:15:04 PM

Vladimir, do you have any more pictures of the bridges?  I'd be curious to see a few pics that are close up.  Also, has Cameron's Chinese bridge been restored?  I know the railings with the vases filled with 'coral' are still there, but did they ever restore the missing seated figures?  Thanks!
Title: Re: St. Petersburg imperial country residences news
Post by: Vladimir_V. on May 19, 2010, 02:09:42 PM
did they ever restore the missing seated figures?

I heard it will be made in this year.

http://clubs.ya.ru/4611686018427388810/replies.xml?item_no=258076&ncrnd=7690

Title: Re: St. Petersburg imperial country residences news
Post by: ArchitectCS on May 25, 2010, 10:08:56 PM
Thanks for the extra picture Vladimir!  Personally, I don't think the bridges look that bad.  They are in keeping with the color scheme of the Chinese Village, and do reflect a more Asian color aesthetic.  If you look at traditional architecture in China, and even India, you find color schemes that would be considered garish in the west.

I'm very excited to hear the figures on Cameron's bridge will be restored soon!  They were very unique.  Here are some pictures.

(http://i121.photobucket.com/albums/o236/architectcs/Catherine%20Palace/Alexander%20Palace%20Forum/IMG_1285.jpg)(http://i121.photobucket.com/albums/o236/architectcs/Catherine%20Palace/Alexander%20Palace%20Forum/IMG_1283.jpg)
Title: Re: St. Petersburg imperial country residences news
Post by: ArchitectCS on May 31, 2010, 09:33:42 PM
Does anyone have pictures of the restored Concert Hall? 
Title: Re: St. Petersburg imperial country residences news
Post by: Vladimir_V. on June 04, 2010, 11:47:50 AM
Not yet.

New Calendar of Events:

June, 8 - exhibition “Meissen for Tsarskoe Selo” (Catherine Palace).

June, 15 - Arabesque Hall in the Catherine Palace.

June, 17 - exhibition in the Upper Bath

June, 22 - exhibition "Life in the Russian Style" (Zubov Wing of the Catherine Palace)

June, 23 - three halls in the Alexander Palace (Portrait Hall, Semi-Circular Hall and Billiard Hall)

June, 24 - pavilion Hermitage

June, 24 - exhibition "Property of the Nation" (Cameron Gallery)

June, 27 - Concert Hall

August - Lower Bath

http://www.tzar.ru/info/eventcalendar
Title: Re: St. Petersburg imperial country residences news
Post by: Vladimir_V. on June 08, 2010, 12:13:12 PM
Gatchina

Venus Pavilion was restored:
http://translate.google.com/translate?u=http%3A%2F%2Fhistory-gatchina.ru%2Fevents%2Fvenus.htm&sl=ru&tl=en&hl=&ie=UTF-8

http://translate.google.com/translate?u=http%3A%2F%2Fhistory-gatchina.ru%2Fparks%2Fvenus%2F&sl=ru&tl=en&hl=&ie=UTF-8

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Title: Re: St. Petersburg imperial country residences news
Post by: Vladimir_V. on June 10, 2010, 01:34:56 PM
Tsarskoe Selo. New exhibition in the Catherine Palace: Porcelain of Meissen manufacture from German private collection.

http://translate.google.com/translate?u=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.tzar.ru%2Fshows%2Fshow%3Fid%3D3002&sl=ru&tl=en&hl=&ie=UTF-8
Title: Re: St. Petersburg imperial country residences news
Post by: ArchitectCS on June 16, 2010, 07:18:51 AM
Anyone happen to have pictures of the restored Arabesque Hall?  Sorry to be impatient, but I've been looking forward to this room reopening for years.
Title: Re: St. Petersburg imperial country residences news
Post by: Vladimir_V. on June 16, 2010, 01:42:28 PM
Anyone happen to have pictures of the restored Arabesque Hall? 

(http://s001.radikal.ru/i196/1006/d4/480c03e290df.jpg) (http://www.radikal.ru)

All photos:
http://community.livejournal.com/live_report/574663.html
Title: Re: St. Petersburg imperial country residences news
Post by: Vladimir_V. on June 16, 2010, 03:16:53 PM
Peterhof Farm Palace opened its doors to visitors!

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Video: http://www.tv100.ru/video/view/33216/
Title: Re: St. Petersburg imperial country residences news
Post by: Vladimir_V. on June 18, 2010, 02:08:17 PM
The second birth of the Farm Palace.

Today, the restored Farm Palace were the first visitors. Keepers with incredible happy to talk about the family of Alexander II, for which this house for a long time became a country residence. In these walls could return the memorabilia of the imperial couple.

Tatiana Vergun, deputy director of Peterhof: "Chandeliers, which are represented on the mantelpiece, were evacuated, then returned. The museum is closed since 1932. Things are in store and waiting in the wings. They waited for him in 2010.

Return of the Farm Palace as a museum complex - an old dream of staff Museum "Peterhof". This in a sense a tribute to the historical truth. After the death of the Emperor changed owners, but the first floor remained intact.

And after the revolution here until the early 30's working museum. The Farm Palace after the restoration was to open a few years ago, but prevented the fire. Fortunately, the fire took place only on the roof. The living room keepers showed even survived the original parquet.

In Farm palace in the middle of the XIX century was built its own elevator. It is surprising that so far have survived the elements of this mechanism - metal rails, oak stands, etc. The cabin, unfortunately, lost. Lifter sitting in a room and turned the wheel. This elevator was tame.

Together with the palace recreated garden, fountains and patio, where today in honor of the completion of the musicians performed the overture of Alexander II. Notes found by chance recently.

Video: http://www.spbtv.ru/new.html?newsid=5819

Open daily 10.30-18.00 (last entry 17.00) exept the last Tuesday of each month.
Title: Re: St. Petersburg imperial country residences news
Post by: Vladimir_V. on June 19, 2010, 04:51:10 PM
Farm Palace (translated by Google)

Farm Palace - one of the unique monuments of Peterhof - built in 1831 by architect A. Menelaws in Alexandria Park of Her Imperial Majesty Alexandra Feodorovna, Nicholas I's wife.

The palace was initially just a pavilion with a farm, reminiscent of English rural buildings. One-story building, U-shaped in plan, with a fence and gate on the north side form a closed square. Externally, the palace was like a modest house in a pastoral style, with a roof, painted the color of straw, with a roof and pillars entwined with birch bark and green garlands.

At the request of Nicholas I in the pavilion on the second floor are rooms for the accommodation of twelve Crown Prince Aleksandar. They are in the east wing, in the southern part of the building are the room attendants, in the western part fits our own farm. The building also arranged rooms for custodians, the shepherd, and the kitchen, storerooms and a glacier. From the English county of Yorkshire are written specifically for the farm, eight cows and two bulls.

On the eve of marrying the heir to the Princess Wilhelmina-Maximilian-Aug-Sophie-Marie of Hesse-Darmstadt by Alexander Stakenschneider to the east wing added a two-storey residential apartments with a loft. Any subsequent adjustment caused by the need to satisfy the needs of a growing family of Alexander Nikolaevich, fit perfectly in the composition of the building, without disrupting the overall spirit of the Gothic. As a result of surgery pavilion is transformed into a vast two-storey palace in Neo-Gothic style and begins to play the role of the summer country residence of the family of Alexander II, in 1855 entered the Russian throne. Decoration of rooms and classrooms consistent external appearance of the palace. Particularly elegant and comfortable rooms of Maria Alexandrovna. For example, a study with a bay window pentahedral-lantern. More rigorous are finishing room and the Blue Area of the Emperor.

In the Farm Palace proceeds beloved by all its inhabitants of rural life, where for the morning table always served fresh food from our own farm. Like his parents, Emperor Alexander II does not seek luxury, not like the noisy and crowded assembly. Farmer's Palace became the place where he could retire and rest, and the special affection of the Emperor to this place is well known. The palace became his second home, furnished to his taste. Much time he spent collecting for the palace of art.

The area around the building equipped by architect EL Ghana, which is laid out in the east terrace, extensive grounds with lush flower gardens, bounded on three sides by a pergola of two rows of columns Bremen sandstone and overgrown with vegetation. On the central axis of the garden beat fountain pool which was decorated with a bronze statue of Night, cast on the mold from the marble original by the French sculptor Jean Field.

Farmers associated with significant public events. It became a place of development and adoption of important state decisions. At the end of 1850 there are meetings in preparation for the peasant reform.

Later in the palace lived Grand Duke Alexander Mikhailovich and Grand Duchess Xenia Alexandrovna. It had a daughter, Irina, the future Princess Yusupov. The family of Nicholas II held on the farm the summer of 1896 and 1897, there was born the second daughter of the Emperor, Grand Duchess Tatiana.

After the revolution, like many palaces of Peterhof, Farmer became a museum existed in that capacity until 1932. Then it was home to rest, and during the war turned into a Nazi headquarters, with a bunker. In peacetime, he served dormitory Petrodvorets watch factory, and since 1975, was empty and deteriorating.

In 1979, the palace became a museum complex of Peterhof, but its practical restoration began only in 2003. The author of the project was the architect A. Leontiev, many years of working with objects of Peterhof.

Despite the fact that Farmer had survived during the Great Patriotic War, at the beginning of the restoration of the building was in dangerous condition. Bearing structures, construction of terraces and stairs required amplification; drainage, waterproofing, and engineering services - rehabilitation. Since more than 25 years the building is not exploited and not heated, colorful and plaster layers, internal plaster decor were severely damaged and sometimes lost.

Historic building is brought before lovers of Russian history as close as possible to its original shape. Through a detailed inventory and partially preserved fragments of interiors recreated wallpaper. Interestingly, in the attic were found preserved rolls of wallpaper. Some interior walls are covered with cloth. Wrinkles and Drapery restored to watercolors Hau. In the blue room of Alexander II is fully preserved stucco ceiling. In some rooms restorers left intact fragments of the mural ceilings.

Some items have never left the palace. For example, marble bath, made in the workshop of the sculptor Triscornia, is in the toilet of the Empress Maria Alexandrovna of 1856. There are also part of the lift mechanism: gear, beam and muff. Elevator - one of the first such devices in Russia - was built in 1858-1859, respectively. It is manually operated. A special booth was the valet, who turned the handle of the lifting mechanism. It was a chair lift for the wall.

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Title: Re: St. Petersburg imperial country residences news
Post by: gleb on June 20, 2010, 09:30:11 AM
it is so wonderful to see the Farm Palace brought back to its former beauty that there are no words to say. Thank you very much Vladimir for always keeping us informed!
Title: Re: St. Petersburg imperial country residences news
Post by: Vladimir_V. on June 20, 2010, 12:25:39 PM
Thank you. I am glad that the Farm Palace is a museum again. They restored also a part of Alexandria park near the Farm Palace, including a fountain, pergola and imperial tennis court.

The fountain “Night” near the Farm Palace

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Title: Re: St. Petersburg imperial country residences news
Post by: Vladimir_V. on June 20, 2010, 01:48:17 PM
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Photographs of the Farm Palace (June 18, 2010): http://fotki.yandex.ru/users/nkryshan/album/103760/

Video: http://www.rtr.spb.ru/vesti/vesti_2010/news_detail_v.asp?id=3655
Title: Re: St. Petersburg imperial country residences news
Post by: richard_1990 on June 20, 2010, 11:24:59 PM
Thanks alot Vladimir. Keep the updates coming!

I can't find the palace on google maps.. is it on the grounds/surrounding park of Peterhof?
Title: Re: St. Petersburg imperial country residences news
Post by: Vladimir_V. on June 21, 2010, 01:55:53 PM
I can't find the palace on google maps.. is it on the grounds/surrounding park of Peterhof?

Between Gothic Chapel and Cottage in Alexandria Park (Peterhof).

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Title: Re: St. Petersburg imperial country residences news
Post by: Vladimir_V. on June 21, 2010, 02:00:51 PM
Tsarskoe Selo. Upper Bath. Exhibition “Enshrines the Memory” (Things that keep the memory).

Especially for the jubilee in the Catherine Park opened the exhibition of souvenirs and gifts of the past. At the core of the exhibition - three momentous events in Russian history: the coronation of Nicholas II (1896), the 300-anniversary of the Romanov dynasty (1913) and the 200 th anniversary of Tsarskoe Selo (1910). In addition to boxes, medals and badges, there are objects created in a single copy. A special place is occupied by Tula samovar, which is presented to Emperor Nicholas II in honor of his coronation, and the dish in honor of 300 anniversary of the Romanov dynasty. All, the exhibition includes over 100 exhibits.

"Looking at the commemorative things on the 300 anniversary of the Romanov dynasty and the coronation, you can feel the atmosphere of solemnity and patriotic enthusiasm, which then swept the whole country", - said the curator of the exhibition "Enshrines the Memory” of Pavel Kanaev.

How did look like a century ago souvenirs that represent the anniversary commemorative awards and decorations, whom they were presented as processed targeted folders, brought Emperor deputations from the agencies, cities, provinces, and finally, how did people celebrate the 200-year anniversary of Tsarskoe Selo? - These and other questions will be to find the answers to the exhibition and in the publications catalog, prepared for its opening.

The exhibition, which runs until the end of September, participating State Hermitage Museum, State Museum of St. Petersburg, State Museum "Peterhof" that contributed items from their collections.

The Upper Bath: http://eng.tzar.ru/museums/palaces/catherine_park/regular/upper_bath
Title: Re: St. Petersburg imperial country residences news
Post by: Vladimir_V. on June 22, 2010, 01:12:27 PM
Tsarskoe Selo Museum recreated statues for the Large Chinese Bridge in the Alexander Park.

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The Large Chinese Bridge: http://eng.tzar.ru/museums/palaces/alexander_park/new_garden/large
Title: Re: St. Petersburg imperial country residences news
Post by: richard_1990 on June 22, 2010, 10:37:38 PM
Thanks. They're doing really well with restorations this year. Are there anymore palaces needing a full reconstructions?
Title: Re: St. Petersburg imperial country residences news
Post by: Vladimir_V. on June 23, 2010, 01:24:11 PM
Are there anymore palaces needing a full reconstructions?
50% of Catherine Palace, Alexander Palace, Babolovsky Palace etc.


Setting of the figures of Chinamen: http://www.tzar.ru/info/info-events/title/?id=3020

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Title: Re: St. Petersburg imperial country residences news
Post by: Robert_Hall on June 23, 2010, 02:11:09 PM
Gatchina, Oranienbaum.
Title: Re: St. Petersburg imperial country residences news
Post by: Vladimir_V. on June 23, 2010, 02:15:47 PM
Today the Alexander Palace opened its central halls.

Video: http://www.tv100.ru/news/Carskoselskij-prazdnik-26922/

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Title: Re: St. Petersburg imperial country residences news
Post by: Vladimir_V. on June 24, 2010, 02:49:15 PM
Tsarskoe Selo. The Hermitage Pavilion.

Today, to celebrate the 300 anniversary of the Tsarsko Selo, the Hermitage Pavilion was opened in the Catherine Park after the restoration.

Governor Valentina Matvienko acquainted with the interiors of the pavilion, with the work arrangements, talked to museum staff, responsible for restoration. She noted that the first time in 70 years, this masterpiece of the Baroque will be able to see visitors to the museum-reserve.

The Hermitage Pavilion was built by architect Rastrelli by order of Empress Elizabeth. It was exquisitely decorated, and equipped with 2 lifting platforms and 5 lifting tables. The Pavilion conserved large part of old decoration (mid XVIII century) - carving and gilding. Also old lifting mechanisms and tables preserved.

The Hermitage Pavilion: http://eng.tzar.ru/museums/palaces/catherine_park/regular/hermitage

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Title: Re: St. Petersburg imperial country residences news
Post by: Vassili_Vorontsoff on June 24, 2010, 04:52:09 PM




Richard,

You will find much news in these links. There is still many things to restore there such as the park Bablovski l(it should be restored in the future years after the creations of a private golf course), the train station should receive a restaurant which would be the occasion to restore the monument, a backup plan should be launched in the year to try to rescue the 30 remaining wooden house in the city.


Negative points of the festival is that agate rooms were not fully restored (they threatened to ruin and were only consolidated; their restoration would have cost 12 million dollars). The cathedral was rebuilt Tsarskoye but the interior is still under works. Works Yusupov Palace have been abandoned and the palace is half restored

According to the experts and contrary to statements by Ms. Sautov, Alexander Palace restoration will long 20 years
, there is also to restore the white tower, Chinese Theater, the cemetery for the horses, the Gothic chapel Schinkel as well as the Alexander park, fedorovski gorodok. On the other hand, the restoration of the Alexander Palace was made quickly and just like the Hermitage some decorative elements have not been rebuilt, so there is still work to do there.


Now, 32 rooms of the Catherine Palace are rebuilt, (32/58)

Finally, the palace of Pavlovsk, which holds most of the furniture of the Alexander Palace since the 50s has given back only 29 items of furniture and some dolls. The work will be huge again.

However, Tsarskoye Selo became a suburb as rich as Rublevka in Moscow, the tercentenary has served to draw attention to the city, the roads have been rebuilt, and the city will grow and attract rich people able to restore old houses.


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The city hopes that the patriarch of the Russian Church will move into a palace of the city and will restore.

I think that this anniversary has not solved all the problems but as for St Petersburg, however the festival attracts attention and as a matter of fact the image of the city has changed for the better.

The most important thing now is whether the city have now develops a true tourism policy to encourage tourists to visit the palace and to remain Tsarskoye Selo few days. Currently, the visits last few hours and then people left the city just after their visit of the imperial palaces.

Title: Re: St. Petersburg imperial country residences news
Post by: Vassili_Vorontsoff on June 24, 2010, 05:01:53 PM
http://archi.ru/events/news/news_current_press.html%3Fnid%3D25538%26fl%3D1%26sl%3D1&rurl=translate.google.fr&usg=ALkJrhgUFwIBL07IhclWMUrIVLFTSBm3gg

http://archi.ru/events/news/news_current_press.html%3Fnid%3D25539%26fl%3D1%26sl%3D1&rurl=translate.google.fr&usg=ALkJrhjlzewtdk3GR0YwVbkExKXNW4xd3w

Beautiful pics of the alexander palace here:

http://archi.ru/events/news/news_current_press.html%3Fnid%3D25747%26fl%3D1%26sl%3D1&rurl=translate.google.fr&usg=ALkJrhg_U9gWKXR9b-aJ7RC3ggv1SHwcIg

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Title: Re: St. Petersburg imperial country residences news
Post by: Vladimir_V. on June 25, 2010, 02:06:29 PM
Quote
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Portrait of Alexandra Feodorovna from the collection of the Alexander Palace (Toilet room of Nicholas II (room 65)). Works of her sister Elizabeth Feodorovna (1897). Found in Germany in 2010.
Title: Re: St. Petersburg imperial country residences news
Post by: Vladimir_V. on June 28, 2010, 02:24:40 PM
Tsarskoe Selo. The Hermitage Pavilion after restoration: http://fotki.yandex.ru/users/sergshow2007/album/102275

(http://s44.radikal.ru/i106/1006/b2/dcdd7365fdd1.jpg) (http://www.radikal.ru)


Of the Hermitage Pavilion: http://eng.tzar.ru/museums/palaces/catherine_park/regular/hermitage
Title: Re: St. Petersburg imperial country residences news
Post by: Vassili_Vorontsoff on June 29, 2010, 07:29:13 AM
Mavelously incredible Vlad!

Title: Re: St. Petersburg imperial country residences news
Post by: Vladimir_V. on June 29, 2010, 11:16:51 AM
Mavelously incredible

and interesting to visit!
Title: Re: St. Petersburg imperial country residences news
Post by: Vladimir_V. on June 29, 2010, 11:18:55 AM
New exhibition “Life in the Russian Style” in the Zubov Wing of the Catherine Palace:

http://translate.google.com/translate?u=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.tzar.ru%2Fshows%2Fshow%3Fid%3D3028&sl=ru&tl=en&hl=&ie=UTF-8

Title: Re: St. Petersburg imperial country residences news
Post by: Vassili_Vorontsoff on June 30, 2010, 08:11:38 AM
Vlad, it's terrible to say such things!

But I just finished my year at university, I now have all the holidays to read about Russia and to write you some letters!
Vassia
Title: Re: St. Petersburg imperial country residences news
Post by: Vladimir_V. on June 30, 2010, 12:40:22 PM
The Catherine Cathedral was recreated in the center of Tsarskoe Selo
http://translate.google.com/translate?u=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.pravoslavie.ru%2Fnews%2F35845.htm&sl=ru&tl=en&hl=&ie=UTF-8

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Title: Re: St. Petersburg imperial country residences news
Post by: Vladimir_V. on July 01, 2010, 01:08:10 PM
The Reserve Palace in Tsarskoe Selo restored as a palace for marriages (the former palace of GD Vladimir Alexandrovich and Maria Pavlovna)

1817-1824 arch. A.Menelaws and V.Stasov

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http://ella-dahly.livejournal.com/6998.html
Title: Re: St. Petersburg imperial country residences news
Post by: Vladimir_V. on July 02, 2010, 10:51:05 AM
The Arabesque Hall in the Catherine Palace

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http://translate.google.com/translate?u=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.tzar.ru%2Finfo%2Fnewsarchive%2F%3Fid%3D3026&sl=ru&tl=en&hl=&ie=UTF-8

Title: Re: St. Petersburg imperial country residences news
Post by: Vladimir_V. on July 03, 2010, 11:46:17 AM
Tables of the Hermitage Pavilion in the Catherine Park

http://vizardis.livejournal.com/375756.html

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Title: Re: St. Petersburg imperial country residences news
Post by: Vladimir_V. on July 04, 2010, 01:41:03 PM
Temporary exhibition of the dolls in the Alexander Palace

http://happydolls.livejournal.com/51363.html

http://happydolls.livejournal.com/51675.html

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Title: Re: St. Petersburg imperial country residences news
Post by: Vassili_Vorontsoff on July 07, 2010, 04:51:05 PM
Obviously, it is not wooden house Tsarskoye Selo but seeing the work that was done on 300 home in Tomsk,  the restoration of the 30 house wooden that remained should not be very complicated for a wealthy surburb like Tsarskoye Selo.

http://chur.gorod.tomsk.ru/index-1277427870.php&rurl=translate.google.fr&usg=ALkJrhipO-tXSIl9ysv8cyAp1XpbGd9yTA
Title: Re: St. Petersburg imperial country residences news
Post by: PAVLOV on July 08, 2010, 08:14:13 AM
What makes Tsarskoe Selo a wealthy suburb ? Have the oligarchs moved in ? 
Title: Re: St. Petersburg imperial country residences news
Post by: richard_1990 on July 08, 2010, 10:11:47 AM
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What makes Tsarskoe Selo a wealthy suburb ? Have the oligarchs moved in ?
Russia has many millionaires, not just oligarchic billionaires. Last I read was that Russia had around 100,000 millionaires...
Title: Re: St. Petersburg imperial country residences news
Post by: PAVLOV on July 09, 2010, 09:18:02 AM
Yes, I know that.
They have certainly made up for the time lost since 1917. Nothing has changed, the wealth remains in the hands of a few, and communism and all that went with it was a huge waste of time ! Death, suffering, misery, lies, deceipt, murder, all for nothing. 
I think Tsarskoe is a wealthy town probably because many of the new rich have moved there, to try and replicate the previous aristocracy. The aura and previous glamour probably attract them. I dont think many of them have replicated the taste and refinement of the previous owners though.
One can only hope that they dont spoil it with swimming pools, Jacuzzis, Barbeques  etc. That would be worse than the Nazi invasion.
I wonder if the ghosts of the past wander around Tsarskoe Selo and what they would think of it now ? It find many places, especially around the Alexander Park, very sad and charged with the atmosphere of the past. I onlu
The Catherine Palace leaves me cold, because I think it has been over restored. Many things are too bright and garish and fake looking. Maybe it will settle down in 50 years time it will look better. I compare Versailles to the Catherine Palace, and although the two have suffered different fates in the last 250 years, Versailles has retained a bit of faded glamour, which sets it apart from the Russian instant " Las Vegas"  look. The Konstantinovsky Palace and especially Peterhof are also examples. 
The Russians are wonderful restorers, but with no patina. Everything is too new and garish. I very often study the old photographs of the palaces, especially the Catherine Palace, and am always surprised to see that it did not always look freshly painted, and a few cracks were visible here and there.  I think that many of the palaces today look newer than they did in the 18th century.
I hope the Alexander Palace does not turn out the same way, when the restoration is over.......
Just my personal observation.

       
Title: Re: St. Petersburg imperial country residences news
Post by: richard_1990 on July 09, 2010, 12:01:20 PM
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Yes, I know that.
They have certainly made up for the time lost since 1917. Nothing has changed, the wealth remains in the hands of a few, and communism and all that went with it was a huge waste of time ! Death, suffering, misery, lies, deceipt, murder, all for nothing.
I think Tsarskoe is a wealthy town probably because many of the new rich have moved there, to try and replicate the previous aristocracy. The aura and previous glamour probably attract them. I dont think many of them have replicated the taste and refinement of the previous owners though.
One can only hope that they dont spoil it with swimming pools, Jacuzzis, Barbeques  etc. That would be worse than the Nazi invasion.
I wonder if the ghosts of the past wander around Tsarskoe Selo and what they would think of it now ? It find many places, especially around the Alexander Park, very sad and charged with the atmosphere of the past. I onlu
The Catherine Palace leaves me cold, because I think it has been over restored. Many things are too bright and garish and fake looking. Maybe it will settle down in 50 years time it will look better. I compare Versailles to the Catherine Palace, and although the two have suffered different fates in the last 250 years, Versailles has retained a bit of faded glamour, which sets it apart from the Russian instant " Las Vegas"  look. The Konstantinovsky Palace and especially Peterhof are also examples.
The Russians are wonderful restorers, but with no patina. Everything is too new and garish. I very often study the old photographs of the palaces, especially the Catherine Palace, and am always surprised to see that it did not always look freshly painted, and a few cracks were visible here and there.  I think that many of the palaces today look newer than they did in the 18th century.
I hope the Alexander Palace does not turn out the same way, when the restoration is over.......
Just my personal observation.
It's the the rococo style that makes it looks "las vegas". Look at the restored German (or elsewhere) rococo palaces with their bright paint and ornate decorates, it looks just as fake and dodgey - but this is a result of the style. The Russian palaces do not age well like the limestone and other types of palaces in western europe and they also have contend with much worse weather which requires regular paintjobs.
Title: Re: St. Petersburg imperial country residences news
Post by: Robert_Hall on July 09, 2010, 01:13:48 PM
I recall on one of my visits to TS, we were driving  down the road from the Catherine palace, through a sparsely populated foresty  area.  I notice a beautiful old house, very Russian and although abandoned and derelict,  you could see how nice it once was,  Lots of balconies and a surrounding  veranda [or whatever they are called in Russia- porch maybe ?]
 I am sure it was unsafe and was stripped of anything remotely usuable,  but the potential was inspiring. My friend, who was driving, said  such an endeavour would be extremely costly and take a long time. That is why those who can afford it,  just build new homes with all the  mod-cons. The place is probably torn down by now, that was in 2006 or 2007. By coincidence, he had just bought a  brand new flat in TS,  waiting for the construction to finish- 3 years later.  He is not rich, by anyone's  imagination, but he could afford it, by buying in the early stages. So, TS is home to   a lot of people with varying means.  From  uber rich to   every day middle class.
Title: Re: St. Petersburg imperial country residences news
Post by: PAVLOV on July 14, 2010, 07:42:29 AM
I would kill to own an apartment in TS !!! Your friend is so lucky, Robert. I envy him.

I think there are many sad and forlorn houses in that area which nobody knows about, and remain unseen, inhabited only by the ghosts of the past.

I think probably similar to the area around Newport Rhode Island. Just deserted and decaying. 
Title: Re: St. Petersburg imperial country residences news
Post by: Robert_Hall on July 14, 2010, 09:17:29 AM
Pavlov,  I seriously considered buying in   St.P.  Thinking my friend   could live in a large flat or  house and we could rent out rooms to tourists. An expensive process and complicated. I got lost in the  paperwork of a foreigner buy in Russia.e.
 As I understood it,  one needs to have a Russian partner, which would seem to be no problem with Nico as my  co-owner. I helped him buy his flat, but am not on the  ownership documents [it was just a loan]
 Also,  property was  on a high role and there were lots of scams  to  avoid.
 But I agree, I would love to have a place in St. P. It is an incredibly beautiful and fascinating  city. Like any  city, old or new, it has  the usual urban  problems,  but the people are proud of their city and  strive to preserve it's beauty And, show it off! That is my impression, at least.
Title: Re: St. Petersburg imperial country residences news
Post by: Alexander1917 on July 14, 2010, 10:10:03 AM
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(http://i527.photobucket.com/albums/cc358/07peiloberwilliam_photos/69878.jpg)

Portrait of Alexandra Feodorovna from the collection of the Alexander Palace (Toilet room of Nicholas II (room 65)). Works of her sister Elizabeth Feodorovna (1897). Found in Germany in 2010.


Does someone have this sketch in a better photo ?
Title: Re: St. Petersburg imperial country residences news
Post by: Vladimir_V. on July 14, 2010, 01:50:50 PM
Does someone have this sketch in a better photo ?

http://www.tzar.ru/info/info-events/title/?id=3033

Title: Re: St. Petersburg imperial country residences news
Post by: Alexander1917 on July 14, 2010, 04:45:24 PM
Does someone have this sketch in a better photo ?

http://www.tzar.ru/info/info-events/title/?id=3033



wow, great.. many thanks!!!! I should improve my russian language :-))
Title: Re: St. Petersburg imperial country residences news
Post by: Vladimir_V. on July 16, 2010, 11:23:31 AM
Night of music in the Gatchina Park:

http://translate.google.com/translate?u=http%3A%2F%2Fhistory-gatchina.ru%2Fevents%2Fmusic.htm&sl=ru&tl=en&hl=&ie=UTF-8

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Title: Re: St. Petersburg imperial country residences news
Post by: Vladimir_V. on July 17, 2010, 01:02:46 PM
Tsarskoe Selo museum restored the Kitchen Ruin in the Catherine Park

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http://eng.tzar.ru/museums/palaces/catherine_park/landscape/kitchen_ruins
Plan of the park: http://eng.tzar.ru/museums/palaces/catherine_park/plans

Title: Re: St. Petersburg imperial country residences news
Post by: lilianna on July 17, 2010, 01:15:39 PM
Concert in Gatchina. The night of July 10. Video.
http://www.rtr.spb.ru/vesti/vesti_2010/news_detail.asp?id=4168
Title: Re: St. Petersburg imperial country residences news
Post by: Vladimir_V. on July 19, 2010, 12:03:28 PM
New exhibition in the Cameron Gallery: "A National Heritage"

http://eng.tzar.ru/shows/show/?id=2910
Title: Re: St. Petersburg imperial country residences news
Post by: Vladimir_V. on August 06, 2010, 02:00:31 AM
The exhibition “The Saved Beauty” in the Kitchen Pavilion of the Chinese Palace in Oranienbaum

(http://s42.radikal.ru/i095/1008/9a/7a37b77ea9fd.jpg) (http://www.radikal.ru)

A table from the Chinese Palace
(http://s002.radikal.ru/i199/1008/12/86b5c859b915.jpg) (http://www.radikal.ru)

http://peterhofmuseum.ru/page.php?id=48&event=41
Title: Re: St. Petersburg imperial country residences news
Post by: Vladimir_V. on August 08, 2010, 02:47:36 PM
Restored Concert Hall in the Catherine Park

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http://s58.radikal.ru/i162/1008/69/bca55a855651.jpg
http://s04.radikal.ru/i177/1008/c8/26f896829d21.jpg

Of the Concert Hall in English:
http://eng.tzar.ru/museums/palaces/catherine_park/landscape/concert_hall

Title: Re: St. Petersburg imperial country residences news
Post by: PAVLOV on August 10, 2010, 08:13:21 AM
What a beautiful building. One can definately see a trend in Catherine ll's taste in architecture if you compare this building to a number of the others she built. The Alexander Palace, Pavlovsk and the Tauride Palace are just a few examples, beside the fact that they are all designed in the Neo Classic style, and all the same yellow. I wonder if this was her favourite colour ?     
Title: Re: St. Petersburg imperial country residences news
Post by: Vladimir_V. on August 14, 2010, 01:55:21 PM
Future of the Alexander Palace

Basement
(blue – wardrobes; orange- storerooms for the museum collection; gray – rooms for the staff; violet - cafe)

(http://s43.radikal.ru/i100/1008/d4/6e04594a1607.jpg) (http://www.radikal.ru)
Title: Re: St. Petersburg imperial country residences news
Post by: Vladimir_V. on August 15, 2010, 02:23:49 PM
First floor
(gray –rooms for the staff ; blue – museum display; green – cultural exhibition center (activity room, library, space for temporary exhibition))

(http://i076.radikal.ru/1008/3b/a88d0af02fdf.jpg) (http://www.radikal.ru)


Second floor and attic
(gray – rooms for the staff ; blue – museum display; dark blue – space for exhibition with elements of the restoration)

(http://i067.radikal.ru/1008/f9/c7ff36818239.jpg) (http://www.radikal.ru)
Title: Re: St. Petersburg imperial country residences news
Post by: pastpalacelife on August 16, 2010, 07:18:07 PM
Thanks for those pictures, unfortunately the plan of the 2nd floor is not showing for me.  Any chance you could repost it?  thanks
Title: Re: St. Petersburg imperial country residences news
Post by: Vladimir_V. on August 17, 2010, 01:23:43 AM
Thanks for those pictures, unfortunately the plan of the 2nd floor is not showing for me.  Any chance you could repost it?  thanks

http://s006.radikal.ru/i214/1008/94/83b632850e36.jpg
Title: Re: St. Petersburg imperial country residences news
Post by: Vladimir_V. on September 20, 2010, 01:03:30 PM
Tsarskoe Selo. Last publications:

Court Carriages in the Collections of Tsarskoe Selo by Irina I. Bredikhina

Painting Masterpieces in the Collections of Tsarskoe Selo by Larisa V. Bardovskaya
 
The Furniture of Tsarskoe Selo and its Crowned Owners by Iraida K. Bott
 
Fine Art Bronze in the Collections of Tsarskoe Selo by Tatiana V. Serpinskaya
 
A Gift for Centuries to Come: Patrons to Tsarskoye Selo
 
Sculptor Lilia Shvetskaya: I rebuild all that was destroyed… by Natalia G. Korshunova
 
Meissen to Tsarskoe Selo. 300 x 300 x 300. The album-catalogue
 
Keepsakes. Souvenirs from Past and Present. The album-catalogue
 
The Turkish Bath by Alexandra V. Toeseva
 
Tsarskoe Selo. The Imperial Heritage
 
Life a la russe. The album-catalogue

The Hermitage Pavilion by Galina D. Hodasevich

Full information: http://eng.tzar.ru/publications
Title: Re: St. Petersburg imperial country residences news
Post by: Vladimir_V. on October 01, 2010, 01:18:57 PM
Peterhof on-line!

Web camera in the Lower Park:
http://www.peterhofmuseum.ru/open/

Title: Re: St. Petersburg imperial country residences news
Post by: Vladimir_V. on October 09, 2010, 02:57:10 PM
Pavlovsk Palace. Exhibition of French Porcelain.

The exhibition of French porcelain and glass XVIII - XX centuries from the collection of the State Museum-Preserve "Pavlovsk" was opened at the Rossi Library (Pavlovsk Palace). Visitors will see porcelain from the collection of the Emperor Paul and his wife Maria Feodorovna (including the service donated by King Louis XVI and Marie Antoinette), porcelain of Napoleonic wars times and a collection of French Art Nouveau glass.

http://www.pavlovskmuseum.ru/news/exhibition/index.php?ELEMENT_ID=2869
Title: Re: St. Petersburg imperial country residences news
Post by: ArchitectCS on October 24, 2010, 07:01:58 PM
Christie's Paris is going to auction off the original chandelier from Maria Feodorovna's Boudoir at Pavlovsk.  Here is the link via Royal Russia:

http://www.angelfire.com/pa/ImperialRussian/news/209news.html
Title: Re: St. Petersburg imperial country residences news
Post by: Alexandre Mikhaelovitch on October 25, 2010, 02:43:50 AM
This the chandelier of the Maria Feodorovna's bedroom in Pavlovsk . The auction will be in Paris , Christie's , november 17th .

(http://nsm04.casimages.com/img/2010/10/25//101025094009501256987593.jpg) (http://www.casimages.com)
©Christie's Paris

The Maria Feodorovna's bedroom before the chandelier , before 1917 :

(http://nsm04.casimages.com/img/2010/10/25//101025093547501256987582.jpg) (http://www.casimages.com)

The estimation price for this treasure is 200 000  - 300 000 €  ( 270 000 - 400 000 $ or 180 000 - 270 000 £ )
Title: Re: St. Petersburg imperial country residences news
Post by: Alexandre Mikhaelovitch on October 26, 2010, 05:36:12 PM
This the chandelier of the Maria Feodorovna's bedroom in Pavlovsk

The Maria Feodorovna's bedroom before the chandelier

I forgot the " is " in the 1st sentence et I wanted to say " with the chandelier " in the 2nd and not " before " . Sorry ;-)
Title: Re: St. Petersburg imperial country residences news
Post by: Vladimir_V. on November 06, 2010, 12:23:01 PM
Gatchina curators opened a new museum trip: guiding through the rooms that were not restored yet - in the central part of the Gatchina Palace (Chesme Gallery, Greece Gallery, Rotary Room) and in the Arsenal Wing (Marble Staircase, Chinese Gallery, Arsenal Hall).

(http://s013.radikal.ru/i325/1011/f6/0312df2dcf72.jpg) (http://www.radikal.ru)
Title: Re: St. Petersburg imperial country residences news
Post by: ArchitectCS on December 08, 2010, 07:27:18 AM
Does anyone know if Pavlovsk managed to buy the chandelier from Maria Feodorovna's boudoir?
Title: Re: St. Petersburg imperial country residences news
Post by: Vladimir_V. on December 31, 2010, 09:10:47 AM
Unknown art collector
Price Realized: €601,000 (First Price: €200,000)
Title: Re: St. Petersburg imperial country residences news
Post by: Vladimir_V. on December 31, 2010, 09:52:48 AM
Pavlovsk
Open storage of the Russian porcelain in the Pavlovsk Palace:

http://translate.google.ru/translate?u=http%3A%2F%2Fpolinadorofeeva.livejournal.com%2F46511.html&sl=ru&tl=en&hl=ru&ie=UTF-8

Title: Re: St. Petersburg imperial country residences news
Post by: Vladimir_V. on January 03, 2011, 12:02:05 PM
New open rooms in the Alexander Palace

Let`s go to the palace
(http://i007.radikal.ru/1101/49/243d8b4fa92a.jpg) (http://www.radikal.ru)

the passage (room 16) from the parade yard to the Semi-Circular Hall
(http://s001.radikal.ru/i194/1101/6b/406bcf9a4b04.jpg) (http://www.radikal.ru)

the door to the Semi-Circular Hall
(http://i041.radikal.ru/1101/3f/74f56ba19f70.jpg) (http://www.radikal.ru)

the door from the Semi-Circular Hall to the passage (room 16)
(http://s012.radikal.ru/i320/1101/ba/cb987df44aa7.jpg) (http://www.radikal.ru)

the room (15) with the staircase to the second floor
(http://s50.radikal.ru/i128/1101/84/fc233d5c29b7.jpg) (http://www.radikal.ru)
Title: Re: St. Petersburg imperial country residences news
Post by: Vladimir_V. on January 03, 2011, 12:28:04 PM
the staircase (15) to the second floor
(http://s50.radikal.ru/i128/1101/c1/f255c069e685.jpg) (http://www.radikal.ru)

a view from the passage (16) to the White Room (18)
(http://i045.radikal.ru/1101/16/63e645bfbf49.jpg) (http://www.radikal.ru)

the White Room (18) (today it is a wardrobe and ticket office)
(http://i059.radikal.ru/1101/ab/19d245ee32b7.jpg) (http://www.radikal.ru)

Title: Re: St. Petersburg imperial country residences news
Post by: Vladimir_V. on January 03, 2011, 02:17:31 PM
the Maria Feodorovna`s Bathroom (room 19) with a door to the Marble (Billiard) Hall
(http://i063.radikal.ru/1101/f2/3bb63a76a2e6.jpg) (http://www.radikal.ru)

the door from the Marble Hall to the Maria Feodorovna`s Bathroom (today without mirrors)
(http://i075.radikal.ru/1101/83/aaa1eaf16e9a.jpg) (http://www.radikal.ru)

a view from the Maria Feodorovna`s Bathroom (room 19) to the Crimson Room (room 20)
(today it is a passage and WC)
(http://s014.radikal.ru/i329/1101/39/ec6712b02050.jpg) (http://www.radikal.ru)

Floorplan
http://s47.radikal.ru/i118/1101/32/716af57fa005.jpg

Title: Re: St. Petersburg imperial country residences news
Post by: Joanna on January 06, 2011, 10:21:07 AM
Many thanks Vladimir for the incredible photos showing the layout of the interiors that have been a mystery for so long. I remember the view from #16 to #18 when it was occupied by the naval guards, trying to peek around them, knowing they thought I was an idiot as it was just rooms. It appears they have removed in #16 the interior windowed wooden draft enclosure that is typical in cold climates.

Joanna
Title: Re: St. Petersburg imperial country residences news
Post by: Vladimir_V. on January 06, 2011, 04:10:42 PM
It appears they have removed in #16 the interior windowed wooden draft enclosure
Yes, I remember it also.

Some my photos of the Alexander Park from palace windows:

(http://s016.radikal.ru/i335/1101/bb/5453d0333770.jpg) (http://www.radikal.ru) (http://s015.radikal.ru/i330/1101/e7/89c81069ff98.jpg) (http://www.radikal.ru)

(http://i056.radikal.ru/1101/4a/b01441500436.jpg) (http://www.radikal.ru)

(http://s015.radikal.ru/i333/1101/53/11726860ec23.jpg) (http://www.radikal.ru)

Title: Re: St. Petersburg imperial country residences news
Post by: Vladimir_V. on January 06, 2011, 04:23:58 PM

(http://s44.radikal.ru/i105/1101/b4/6d7e21593ca0.jpg) (http://www.radikal.ru)

(http://s009.radikal.ru/i310/1101/19/22a59d06a5c8.jpg) (http://www.radikal.ru)

(http://i038.radikal.ru/1101/00/474da8e44ade.jpg) (http://www.radikal.ru)

Title: Re: St. Petersburg imperial country residences news
Post by: MademoiselleAndrea on January 06, 2011, 04:44:58 PM
Oh my gosh, that chandelier is absolutely, utterly amazing!
Great photos, Vladimir_V., it's rather sad to see the state it's in presently, I'm very glad they're restoring it, right? I hope it will be finished by the time I'm old enough to go to Russia, which will be several years from now, at least!
Title: Re: St. Petersburg imperial country residences news
Post by: aleksandr pavlovich on January 06, 2011, 07:27:42 PM
Reply # 486:  "By the time I'm old enough to go to Russia......"  There is no reason, legally, why you can't go to Russia at your present age, with proper adult accompanment and documents.  (I presume that you mean relatively ALONE though, or with one of those cheaper school groups experiences.  However, IMO, if you do go that route, be prepared to forebear the "comparative elegance" that you would take for granted here and "comprehensive western-style comfort/s" if you do so.  Alone, if you require such, Russia can be rather expensive.)   Learn at least SOME of the language, it is essential.  And try to visit Russia at least once in the winter; it's ABSOLUTELY beautiful!     AP.
Title: Re: St. Petersburg imperial country residences news
Post by: MademoiselleAndrea on January 06, 2011, 09:20:12 PM
Reply # 486:  "By the time I'm old enough to go to Russia......"  There is no reason, legally, why you can't go to Russia at your present age, with proper adult accompanment and documents.  (I presume that you mean relatively ALONE though, or with one of those cheaper school groups experiences.  However, IMO, if you do go that route, be prepared to forebear the "comparative elegance" that you would take for granted here and "comprehensive western-style comfort/s" if you do so.  Alone, if you require such, Russia can be rather expensive.)   Learn at least SOME of the language, it is essential.  And try to visit Russia at least once in the winter; it's ABSOLUTELY beautiful!     AP.
Yes, I meant to go alone. I was thinking it would probably be a good idea to know someone who speaks both Russian and English so I can have an enterpreter, but I also want to learn Russian. :) I had not thought of the style of the accomodations before, thank you for mentioning that! I was planning, (half in fun,) with a friend who also likes the Romanovs, to go to Russia with her when we graduate. But things might be even more expensive in that time! :O
Title: Re: St. Petersburg imperial country residences news
Post by: EmmyLee on January 07, 2011, 01:25:30 PM
Thank you for the recent photos of the palace, especially those of the interiors!
Title: Re: St. Petersburg imperial country residences news
Post by: Vladimir_V. on January 07, 2011, 05:05:57 PM
Sorry I found mistakes!

18 - The Maria Feodorovna`s Bathroom
19 - The White Room (White Hall)


the White Hall (19)
left door to the Maria Feodorovna`s Bathroom (18), right door to the Marble (Billiard) Hall (12)
(http://i063.radikal.ru/1101/f2/3bb63a76a2e6.jpg) (http://www.radikal.ru)

a view from the White Hall (19) to the Crimson Dinning Room (20)
(today it is a passage and WC)
(http://s014.radikal.ru/i329/1101/39/ec6712b02050.jpg) (http://www.radikal.ru)


 
Title: Re: St. Petersburg imperial country residences news
Post by: Vladimir_V. on January 07, 2011, 05:10:15 PM
Oh my gosh, that chandelier is absolutely, utterly amazing!

I think the chandelier is new one.
Title: Re: St. Petersburg imperial country residences news
Post by: Vladimir_V. on January 07, 2011, 05:32:54 PM
the Crimson Dinning Room (20) with a door to the Wardrobe (26)
(not so high room because there is an attic hier)

(http://s009.radikal.ru/i307/1101/92/3aa6bd948b14.jpg) (http://www.radikal.ru)
Title: Re: St. Petersburg imperial country residences news
Post by: ArchitectCS on January 20, 2011, 07:36:01 AM
Does anyone know how far the restoration of the Peterhof Palace chapel has progressed?  I know we had a few pics on here almost 2 years ago, but I never heard anything else. 
Title: Re: St. Petersburg imperial country residences news
Post by: Vladimir_V. on January 22, 2011, 05:38:43 AM
I heard we will see Palace chapel this (2011) summer.
Title: Re: St. Petersburg imperial country residences news
Post by: Vladimir_V. on January 22, 2011, 05:42:05 AM
Pavlovsk

+7% guests in 2010
1 084 263 tourists!

(http://s006.radikal.ru/i215/1101/39/93973162ccb9.jpg) (http://www.radikal.ru)

http://www.pavlovskmuseum.ru/
http://twitter.com/pavlovskmuseum
http://pavlovskmuseum.livejournal.com/
http://www.facebook.com/pages/Pavlovsk-Museum/109045169126522

Title: Re: St. Petersburg imperial country residences news
Post by: Joanna on January 23, 2011, 06:24:50 PM
the Crimson Dinning Room (20) with a door to the Wardrobe (26)
(not so high room because there is an attic hier)
(http://s009.radikal.ru/i307/1101/92/3aa6bd948b14.jpg) (http://www.radikal.ru)

Again my thanks for these fantastic photos Vladimir. Do you know if the attic is part of mezzanine #10 or was #10 destroyed with the others and they added a new one in 1950s during reconstruction for naval facilities?

Joanna
Title: Re: St. Petersburg imperial country residences news
Post by: Vladimir_V. on January 31, 2011, 01:11:45 PM
It is interesting question. Probably it was made after WWII, but I do not know really.
Title: Re: St. Petersburg imperial country residences news
Post by: Vladimir_V. on February 03, 2011, 12:16:49 PM
Strelna
New Congress Hall near the Konstantin Palace starts to build in this year.

(http://s004.radikal.ru/i205/1102/e6/67371debc7d8.jpg) (http://www.radikal.ru)

(http://s004.radikal.ru/i206/1102/3b/73ad32d8c7d4.jpg) (http://www.radikal.ru)

http://translate.google.ru/translate?u=http%3A%2F%2Fagency.archi.ru%2Fnews_current.html%3Fnid%3D30814&sl=ru&tl=en&hl=ru&ie=UTF-8
Title: Re: St. Petersburg imperial country residences news
Post by: Vladimir_V. on February 09, 2011, 10:56:38 AM
Tsarskoe Selo. Exhibitions 2011.

“Tzar and President. Alexander II and Lincoln.” April 26 (Zubov Wing of the Catherine Palace)

“Alexander Palace. On a Visit on a Children's Half.” June 1 (Alexander Palace. Second Floor ?)

“Reminiscencing The Future.” June 14 (Upper Bath in the Catherine Park)

Opening of the Lower Bath after the restoration. June (Catherine Park)

http://eng.tzar.ru/info/eventcalendar

Title: Re: St. Petersburg imperial country residences news
Post by: Robert_Hall on February 09, 2011, 01:07:25 PM
Thank you for posting that list, Vladimir. I will be in St.P.  in June for a few days and  hope to see at least one of the exhibitions. Just do not  know what my dates are yet.
Title: Re: St. Petersburg imperial country residences news
Post by: Vladimir_V. on February 15, 2011, 12:39:42 PM
Have a nice trip! I like exhibitions, especially if they printed an album-catalogue. Sometimes I think I like catalogues more then exhibitions.
Title: Re: St. Petersburg imperial country residences news
Post by: Vladimir_V. on February 15, 2011, 12:41:51 PM
Peterhof & Oranienbaum. Exhibitions 2011

From Versailles to Peterhof. Until March (Exhibition halls in the Museum of the Benois Family near the Peterhof Palace)

When botany was into fashion. April – July (")

Italy – country of inspiration. July – September (")

Descendants of A.Benois and the present. September – December (")

Romanov family in Peterhof. August – October (Italy. Exhibition hall in Cortina d'Ampezzo)


Opening of the Palace Chapel. July 12 (Peterhof Palace)

Opening of the Telegraph Museum. Summer (Alexandria Park)

Opening of the Oranienbaum Grand Palace after the restoration. September

http://www.peterhofmuseum.ru/page.php?id=175&page=178
Title: Re: St. Petersburg imperial country residences news
Post by: Robert_Hall on February 15, 2011, 01:15:09 PM
Thanks again, Vladimir, the dates are mixed for me, personally,  however, I would like very much to see Oranienbaum restored. The last time I waa there, it was still pretty much a war ruin. I could make it in the autumn, I will be in Berlin anyway...
Title: Re: St. Petersburg imperial country residences news
Post by: Vladimir_V. on April 02, 2011, 02:56:40 PM
Tsarskoe Selo
Watercolor from Alexandra`s rooms came back:
http://eng.tzar.ru/info/info-events/title/?id=2957
Title: Re: St. Petersburg imperial country residences news
Post by: Vladimir_V. on April 29, 2011, 10:54:02 AM
Tsarskoe Selo

New exhibition in the Zubov Wing of the Catherine Palace:
http://eng.tzar.ru/info/info-events/title/?id=2963
http://eng.tzar.ru/shows/show/?id=2954
Title: Re: St. Petersburg imperial country residences news
Post by: Robert_Hall on April 29, 2011, 03:34:46 PM
Thank you, Vladimir. This list shall come in very handy.
Title: Re: St. Petersburg imperial country residences news
Post by: Vladimir_V. on May 03, 2011, 09:29:56 AM
Last week I visited Oranienbaum and took some photos of the Chinese Palace in the process of restoration:

Entrance Room
(http://i073.radikal.ru/1104/3c/587079f65b23.jpg) (http://www.radikal.ru)

Great Hall
(http://s58.radikal.ru/i159/1104/88/675c490a17ce.jpg) (http://www.radikal.ru)
Title: Re: St. Petersburg imperial country residences news
Post by: Vladimir_V. on May 03, 2011, 09:31:41 AM
Bugle-bead Reception Room
(http://s001.radikal.ru/i195/1104/d6/c77046ca83d1.jpg) (http://www.radikal.ru)

Bugle-bead Reception Room
(http://s50.radikal.ru/i130/1104/41/41fb5e13c61c.jpg) (http://www.radikal.ru)

Blue Drawing Room
(http://i053.radikal.ru/1104/2a/c930d5a0d150.jpg) (http://www.radikal.ru)

Title: Re: St. Petersburg imperial country residences news
Post by: Vladimir_V. on May 03, 2011, 09:35:33 AM
Cloakroom
(http://s43.radikal.ru/i100/1104/8e/f2cd8d677b30.jpg) (http://www.radikal.ru)

Pink Drawing Room
(http://s010.radikal.ru/i313/1104/7e/2069bb2fc357.jpg) (http://www.radikal.ru)
Title: Re: St. Petersburg imperial country residences news
Post by: Vladimir_V. on May 03, 2011, 09:39:01 AM
Hall of the Muses
(http://s011.radikal.ru/i318/1104/30/120b55759891.jpg) (http://www.radikal.ru)

Hall of the Muses
(http://s58.radikal.ru/i162/1104/17/80df2d1352c8.jpg) (http://www.radikal.ru)
Title: Re: St. Petersburg imperial country residences news
Post by: Vladimir_V. on May 03, 2011, 09:41:43 AM
Hall of the Muses
(http://s42.radikal.ru/i098/1104/83/6b927aadd41e.jpg) (http://www.radikal.ru)

Hall of the Muses
(http://s15.radikal.ru/i189/1104/e6/b1d1aaaf3e50.jpg) (http://www.radikal.ru)
Title: Re: St. Petersburg imperial country residences news
Post by: Vladimir_V. on May 03, 2011, 09:43:55 AM
Hall of the Muses
(http://s002.radikal.ru/i197/1104/f5/6351a2844c18.jpg) (http://www.radikal.ru)

Staircase to the second floor
(http://s55.radikal.ru/i148/1104/a6/80285d6f639d.jpg) (http://www.radikal.ru)

Plan of the second floor
http://s009.radikal.ru/i307/1104/f6/c76bd71df02d.jpg

Title: Re: St. Petersburg imperial country residences news
Post by: Robert_Hall on May 03, 2011, 10:45:28 AM
Very intersting, Vladimir. Obviously not ready for visitors, so will wait on that as well. Has work begun on the main palace yet?
Title: Re: St. Petersburg imperial country residences news
Post by: Vladimir_V. on May 03, 2011, 11:11:46 AM
The museum is restoring the main palace also. We see 10 restored rooms of the main palace and 4 rooms of the Chinese palace this autumn (when Oranienbaum will celebrate 300th anniversary of the town).
Title: Re: St. Petersburg imperial country residences news
Post by: Vladimir_V. on May 06, 2011, 03:03:52 PM
Tsarskoe Selo

Special tour to the Alexander Palace (basement, tunnel and underground waterpool in the Alexander Park ):
http://www.tzar.ru/info/newsarchive/?id=3250

(http://s60.radikal.ru/i169/1104/11/afb910cc88a6.jpg) (http://www.radikal.ru)

Title: Re: St. Petersburg imperial country residences news
Post by: PAVLOV on May 09, 2011, 06:08:05 AM
I cannot open the article. May I ask please if this was taken in the AP basement, or in another tunnel in the Alexander Park. What is the significance of the water source, was it a supply to the Palace ?
I am imagining that the kitchen tunnel looked like this, however it looks a bit low.
Title: Re: St. Petersburg imperial country residences news
Post by: EmmyLee on May 09, 2011, 11:22:31 AM
I agree; I'd like to know more about that picture since the article wouldn't open up for me either.
Title: Re: St. Petersburg imperial country residences news
Post by: PAVLOV on May 10, 2011, 05:31:03 AM
It is also interesting that there is one of those old water heaters on the wall next to the well. I wonder why?
 
Title: Re: St. Petersburg imperial country residences news
Post by: EmmyLee on May 10, 2011, 12:03:43 PM
Maybe to provide at least some heat to the tunnel or basement (since it's still unclear which it is)? I wouldn't want to be a servant rushing through it during a Russian winter.
Title: Re: St. Petersburg imperial country residences news
Post by: Vladimir_V. on May 10, 2011, 12:08:51 PM
It is the AP basement. The significance of the water source was a supply to the Palace in the case of a damage of the central water system in the town.

Look http://www.tzar.ru/info/newsarchive/?id=3250
Title: Re: St. Petersburg imperial country residences news
Post by: EmmyLee on May 10, 2011, 01:42:14 PM
Great, thanks. It's working for me now.
Title: Re: St. Petersburg imperial country residences news
Post by: PAVLOV on May 14, 2011, 04:39:05 AM
Well now I have to ask the inevitable question. Where in the basement ?
Title: Re: St. Petersburg imperial country residences news
Post by: Vladimir_V. on May 14, 2011, 03:16:40 PM
Well now I have to ask the inevitable question. Where in the basement ?
Unfortunately, I do not know.
Title: Re: St. Petersburg imperial country residences news
Post by: Vladimir_V. on May 14, 2011, 03:18:01 PM
Tsarskoe Selo Price List 2011

http://eng.tzar.ru/info/price

(1USD=28 roubles; 1EUR=40 roubles )
Title: Re: St. Petersburg imperial country residences news
Post by: Vladimir_V. on June 03, 2011, 02:21:40 PM
Exhibition in the Imperial Children's Rooms of the Alexander Palace

from 02 June 2011 to 11 September 2011

http://eng.tzar.ru/info/info-events/title/?id=2978
http://eng.tzar.ru/shows/show/?id=2969

(http://s41.radikal.ru/i091/1106/83/f82f017176eb.jpg) (http://www.radikal.ru)

Title: Re: St. Petersburg imperial country residences news
Post by: Vladimir_V. on June 08, 2011, 01:19:30 PM
Pavlovsk.

Hotel and restaurant began to work in the restored “Bip” Fortress.

http://dartis.livejournal.com/99859.html

http://arch-heritage.livejournal.com/750865.html


(http://i049.radikal.ru/1106/ef/fcb16626f744.jpg) (http://www.radikal.ru)

(http://i006.radikal.ru/1106/2f/de39d09b094c.jpg) (http://www.radikal.ru)
Title: Re: St. Petersburg imperial country residences news
Post by: Vassili_Vorontsoff on June 08, 2011, 03:32:50 PM
Gatchina will receive more money from St Petersburg city

http://www.dp.ru/a/2011/06/07/Gatchina_mozhet_poluchit_do&usg=ALkJrhiNFa5VauZxH6H6bfWlXxR_o3_GWg

2 interesting articles about "Alexander Palace Historical Textiles Recreated" and the concept fo the restoration in Alexander palace

http://www.angelfire.com/pa/ImperialRussian/blog/

One other article about the exhibition  that opened In the Children's Rooms of the Alexander Palace (a video is included)
http://www.angelfire.com/pa/ImperialRussian/news/349news.html
Title: Re: St. Petersburg imperial country residences news
Post by: Vladimir_V. on July 11, 2011, 11:48:47 AM
Tsarskoe Selo

Opening of the Lower Bath after the restoration – the last pavilion in the Catherine Park http://eng.tzar.ru/info/info-events/title/?id=2989

(http://s003.radikal.ru/i203/1107/ae/36ab89c3140d.jpg) (http://www.radikal.ru)

Title: Peterhof great palace church
Post by: Alexandre Mikhaelovitch on July 15, 2011, 02:56:37 AM
The restauration of the church of the great palace of Peterhof is finished !!

Don't forget the video ;)

http://www.angelfire.com/pa/ImperialRussian/news/363news.html
Title: Re: St. Petersburg imperial country residences news
Post by: Vladimir_V. on July 15, 2011, 02:40:50 PM
Peterhof Palace Church

Photos: http://www.peterhofmuseum.ru/page.php?id=26&album=120

Video: http://www.tv100.ru/news/Bolshoj-dvorec-v-Petrodvorce-otrestavrirovan-42889/



Title: Re: St. Petersburg imperial country residences news
Post by: Vladimir_V. on July 23, 2011, 05:04:34 AM
Peterhof
New museum in the Alexandria park – Telegraph house
http://s39.radikal.ru/i083/1107/4d/5a0a7784a58c.jpg (http://s39.radikal.ru/i083/1107/4d/5a0a7784a58c.jpg)

(http://i043.radikal.ru/1107/cf/4f4619cd2d9d.jpg) (http://www.radikal.ru)
http://www.peterhofmuseum.ru/page.php?id=22&news=220
Title: Re: St. Petersburg imperial country residences news
Post by: Vladimir_V. on July 30, 2011, 12:48:30 AM
Peterhof fountain workers (video)

http://topspb.tv/news/news1186/

http://topspb.tv/uploads/video/Fontany.mp4

Title: Re: St. Petersburg imperial country residences news
Post by: Vladimir_V. on August 01, 2011, 04:06:26 PM
Tsarskoe Selo

Exhibition of the rare photographs in the Admiralty: http://i065.radikal.ru/1108/31/33df7d8b46ac.jpg

(http://i004.radikal.ru/1108/84/16082a84f566.jpg)

http://eng.tzar.ru/shows/show/?id=2995 (plus interesting video)
Title: Re: St. Petersburg imperial country residences news
Post by: Vladimir_V. on September 12, 2011, 01:57:27 PM
Oranienbaum - 300 years! 1711-2011

(http://i049.radikal.ru/1109/5a/894791469956.jpg) (http://www.radikal.ru)

(http://s011.radikal.ru/i318/1109/5f/799756ae2281.jpg) (http://www.radikal.ru)

(http://s39.radikal.ru/i085/1109/ac/4e201636b124.jpg) (http://www.radikal.ru)

Video:
http://www.tv100.ru/news/v-oranienbaume-otmechayut-300-letie-goroda-45485/
http://www.rtr.spb.ru/vesti/vesti_2011/news_detail_v.asp?id=5283

http://www.1tv.ru/news/social/184996
http://topspb.tv/news/news1864/

http://www.ntv.ru/novosti/238860/
http://www.rtr.spb.ru/vesti/vesti_2011/news_detail.asp?id=4953
Title: Re: St. Petersburg imperial country residences news
Post by: Vladimir_V. on September 15, 2011, 01:15:06 PM
Tsarskoe Selo museum printed new booklet:
"In the Children’s Rooms of the Alexander Palace" by T. Butyrina and A. Grekov. St. Petersburg, 2011.

This booklet accompanies the unique exhibition In the Children’s Rooms of the Alexander Palace which runs on the second floor of the palace where the children of the last Russian Tsar lived until 1917. This publication is intended for those interested in the history of early 20th century Russia and the life of children of Russian tsars at Tsarskoye Selo.

(http://s40.radikal.ru/i089/1109/86/53b053145f5a.jpg) (http://www.radikal.ru)

Title: Re: St. Petersburg imperial country residences news
Post by: Vladimir_V. on October 22, 2011, 02:31:22 PM
Pavlovsk

The museum restored Gonzago Gallery in the Pavlovsk Palace.

(http://i043.radikal.ru/1110/8a/603b81605fd2.jpg) (http://www.radikal.ru)

video:
http://www.tvkultura.ru/news.html?id=804490&tid=30042&cid=178

http://www.rtr.spb.ru/vesti/vesti_2011/news_detail_v.asp?id=5678

Title: Re: St. Petersburg imperial country residences news
Post by: BobG on October 23, 2011, 01:09:29 PM
Vladimir,
Thanks for the posting.  I don't understand Russian and wondered when the fire shown in the video happened.  Was it during the the great Patriotic War or later?
BobG
Title: Re: St. Petersburg imperial country residences news
Post by: londo954 on October 23, 2011, 02:20:29 PM
I believe it was during the Patriotic War. According to what I have read Pavlovsk was still burning when the Red Army arrived after it was liberated.
Title: Re: St. Petersburg imperial country residences news
Post by: Vladimir_V. on October 23, 2011, 02:41:03 PM
Was it during the the great Patriotic War or later?
In the middle of the Patriotic War. Winter 1944.
Title: Re: St. Petersburg imperial country residences news
Post by: Vladimir_V. on October 24, 2011, 03:28:51 PM
Peterhof

New exhibition in the Upper Garden. German photographs from the private archives. 1941-1943.

(http://s15.radikal.ru/i188/1110/a6/275f566f446c.jpg) (http://www.radikal.ru)

(http://s003.radikal.ru/i204/1110/88/3c5f48ed4b0ct.jpg) (http://radikal.ru/F/s003.radikal.ru/i204/1110/88/3c5f48ed4b0c.jpg.html) (http://s012.radikal.ru/i320/1110/24/7c21ac345f80t.jpg) (http://radikal.ru/F/s012.radikal.ru/i320/1110/24/7c21ac345f80.jpg.html) (http://s017.radikal.ru/i420/1110/2d/f006a6a256d2t.jpg) (http://radikal.ru/F/s017.radikal.ru/i420/1110/2d/f006a6a256d2.jpg.html)

Photos:
http://www.peterhofmuseum.ru/page.php?id=26&album=124

Video:
http://www.rtr.spb.ru/vesti/vesti_2011/news_detail.asp?id=4932
http://topspb.tv/news/news1599/
http://www.ntv.ru/novosti/237364/
Title: Re: St. Petersburg imperial country residences news
Post by: Vladimir_V. on October 30, 2011, 04:06:50 PM
Tsarskoe Selo

The museum is restoring the Agate Rooms.

Video: http://eng.tzar.ru/info/info-events/title/?id=3013

(http://s48.radikal.ru/i122/1110/68/e4d68e8bd04f.jpg) (http://www.radikal.ru)
Title: Re: St. Petersburg imperial country residences news
Post by: rgt9w on October 30, 2011, 05:59:35 PM
Is there an exhibition catalogue available for the German photographs of Peterhof?
Title: Re: St. Petersburg imperial country residences news
Post by: Vladimir_V. on November 01, 2011, 05:57:04 PM
No, there is not. But they published a book-album with German photographs of Peterhof, Gatchina, Pavlovsk and TS.
Title: Re: St. Petersburg imperial country residences news
Post by: Vladimir_V. on November 02, 2011, 12:57:19 PM
New book in English:
Palaces Destroyed by B.Irincheev and D.Zhukov. St.Petersburg, 2011. (German photographs of Peterhof, Gatchina, Pavlovsk and Tsarskoe Selo in 1941-1944.)

Fire in the Catherine Palace http://s017.radikal.ru/i427/1111/c7/a933b4ca89d2.jpg
Zubov Wing of the Catherine Palace http://s45.radikal.ru/i110/1111/32/221ebc9a99ab.jpg
In the Pavlovsk Park http://s004.radikal.ru/i207/1111/ab/34052d5a1cd5.jpg

(http://i065.radikal.ru/1111/a1/aef15c08063f.jpg) (http://www.radikal.ru)
Title: Re: St. Petersburg imperial country residences news
Post by: Vladimir_V. on November 09, 2011, 02:51:11 PM
Tsarskoe Selo. Book taken in 1943 returns to Alexander Palace.

In September 2011 Don Manuel-Angel Conde Basilio of Malaga (Spain) visited St. Petersburg for the first time to honour the dying wish of his father who asked the son to return to Tsarskoye Selo a book he salvaged from a devastated Alexander Palace in 1943. Back then Fernando Conde Lopez was a young surgeon of the Spanish Blue Division accompanying the German Army on the Eastern Front during World War II.
More http://eng.tzar.ru/info/info-events/title/?id=3018
Title: Re: St. Petersburg imperial country residences news
Post by: Vladimir_V. on November 11, 2011, 03:06:02 PM
Tsarskoe Selo

At a recent Dorotheum auction in Vienna, Tsarskoye Selo won the EUR 260,000 bid on painting from Alexander Palace - A Stroll in Palermo by Franz Ludwig Catel.

The painting was presented as a gift from Nicholas I to Alexandra Fedorovna in 1846. The painting became part of her private collection and was displayed in the Alexander Palace in Tsarskoe Selo together with other paintings by Catel. It remained there until her death in 1860.

This painting is depicted in a watercolour by Luigi Premazzi, who had been commissioned to paint scenes of the Russian Imperial palace and Catel’s work can be seen hanging at right on the wall of the Marble (Billiard) Drawing-Room in the Alexander Palace at Tsarskoe Selo.

Brought to the Dorotheum by a private collector from Rome, A Stroll in Palermo was auctioned in its original frame. The painting will return to its historical place of display in the Marble (Billiard) Drawing-Room of the Alexander Palace after the latter’s restoration, which is to commence in 2012.

More: http://eng.tzar.ru/info/info-events/title/?id=3019

(http://s05.radikal.ru/i178/1111/25/9a678931a7b7.jpg) (http://www.radikal.ru)

(http://s017.radikal.ru/i433/1111/53/ab85266f2931.jpg) (http://www.radikal.ru)
Title: Re: St. Petersburg imperial country residences news
Post by: Laura Mabee on November 12, 2011, 12:12:49 PM
Vladimir_V> Thank you so much for sharing the news an updates. Although folks may not respond, I know we all appreciate the news and the links. Very informative and interesting.

Thank you!
Title: Re: St. Petersburg imperial country residences news
Post by: Vladimir_V. on November 13, 2011, 01:53:20 PM
Thank you. I search my news on the websites:
Gatchina http://www.gatchinapalace.ru/
Pavlovsk http://www.pavlovskmuseum.ru/
Peterhof http://www.peterhofmuseum.ru/
Tsarskoe Selo http://eng.tzar.ru/
Strelna http://www.konstantinpalace.ru/

Title: Re: St. Petersburg imperial country residences news
Post by: Vladimir_V. on December 10, 2011, 12:08:52 PM
Sergievka (between Peterhof and Oranienbaum)

Biology institute (working in the Sergievka Palace) restored bronze statue of the Venus from Leuchtenbergs` collection.

Venus in the Sergievka Palace
(http://s48.radikal.ru/i121/1112/e6/d559b9acec09.jpg) (http://www.radikal.ru)

(http://s017.radikal.ru/i416/1112/e4/07ec35422cd7.jpg) (http://www.radikal.ru)

(http://s013.radikal.ru/i323/1112/7f/1636f4661fb2.jpg) (http://www.radikal.ru)

Photos of Sergievka palace and park:
http://bcam.spb.ru/114/index_e.html
Title: Re: St. Petersburg imperial country residences news
Post by: newfan on December 10, 2011, 01:35:48 PM
Vladimir thank you for all the great photos and news
Title: Re: St. Petersburg imperial country residences news
Post by: Vladimir_V. on December 26, 2011, 11:22:57 AM
Tsarskoe Selo museum published a new book:
Alexander Palace.-St.Petersburg, 2010.
Avrora Publisher, Hard Cover, Dust Jacket, 160 pages.

(http://i047.radikal.ru/1112/8d/386f25884423.jpg) (http://www.radikal.ru)
Title: Re: St. Petersburg imperial country residences news
Post by: Vladimir_V. on January 02, 2012, 01:57:57 PM
Alexander Palace books

1. Short catalog of the museum of the Alexander palace by G. Loukomski. Petrograd. 1918
2. Guarding of the tsars residence by V. Yakovlev. Leningrad. 1926
3. Detskoe Selo. Alexander palace. Leningrad. 1927
4. Alexander palace-museum in Detskoe Selo by V. Yakovlev. Leningrad. 1927
5. Alexander palace-museum in Detskoe Selo. Decoration by V. Yakovlev. Leningrad. 1928
6. Residence of the last Romanovs by E. Bach. Leningrad. 1928
7. Les demeures des tsars by G. Loukomski. Paris. 1929
8. Detskoe Selo. Alexander palace-museum by N. Fomin. Leningrad. 1934
9. Detskoe Selo. Alexander palace-museum by N. Fomin. Leningrad. 1935
10. Alexander palace and park in Pushkin by A. Savitskaya. Leningrad. 1937
11. Alexander palace-museum and park in Pushkin town by A. Savitskaya. Leningrad. 1939
12. Alexander palace by I. Bott and V. Faybisovich. St. Petersburg. 1997
13. Tsarskoe Selo. Alexander palace by L. Bardovskaya. St. Petersburg. 2005
14. Tsarskoe Selo. Alexander palace. Pages of history by L. Bardovskaya. St. Petersburg. 2008
15. Tsars cross. Exhibition in the Alexander palace. St. Petersburg. 2008
16. Alexander palace by L. Bardovskaya, V. Plaude, I. Stepanenko. St. Petersburg. 2010
17. In the children`s rooms of the Alexander palace. St. Petersburg. 2011
18. Palaces and estates. Alexander palace. Moscow. 2011

(http://s014.radikal.ru/i326/1201/aa/28b2378ccb8d.jpg) (http://www.radikal.ru)

http://s53.radikal.ru/i141/1201/4d/5fd0a2a595ac.jpg
Title: Re: St. Petersburg imperial country residences news
Post by: EmmyLee on January 03, 2012, 09:20:43 PM
Oh how I would love those books, especially if I knew Russian!
Title: Re: St. Petersburg imperial country residences news
Post by: Vladimir_V. on January 08, 2012, 04:40:09 PM
Gatchina

Gatchina museum started to restore the Greece Gallery of the Gatchina Palace that were destroyed by fire in 1944.

(http://s018.radikal.ru/i523/1201/0f/fc5d4af29dcf.jpg) (http://www.radikal.ru)

Title: Re: St. Petersburg imperial country residences news
Post by: Vladimir_V. on March 09, 2012, 02:34:31 PM
New exhibition in the Gatchina Palace: “Architect Roman Kuzmin”. (He rebuilt the Gatchina Palace in the middle of XIX century for Nicholas I.)

http://translate.google.ru/translate?sl=ru&tl=en&js=n&prev=_t&hl=ru&ie=UTF-8&layout=2&eotf=1&u=http%3A%2F%2Fhistory-gatchina.ru%2Farticle%2Fkuzmin.htm

Title: Re: St. Petersburg imperial country residences news
Post by: Robert_Hall on March 09, 2012, 06:39:44 PM
Thank ypu  Vladimir. Gatchna is one of my favourite pakaces.  I enjoy visiting it,  watch the restoration go apace.
Title: Re: St. Petersburg imperial country residences news
Post by: Vladimir_V. on March 25, 2012, 03:09:55 PM
Thank ypu  Vladimir. Gatchna is one of my favourite pakaces.  I enjoy visiting it,  watch the restoration go apace.

New director of the Gatchina Palace is very active. I think we see interesting exhibitions and projects in this year.
Title: Re: St. Petersburg imperial country residences news
Post by: Vladimir_V. on March 25, 2012, 03:11:02 PM
Pavlovsk
New exhibition in the Palace Chapel: Religious items from the museum collection.

(http://s019.radikal.ru/i641/1203/bd/6fef8b02750e.jpg) (http://www.radikal.ru)

(http://s002.radikal.ru/i200/1203/c6/43320b8ba18b.jpg) (http://www.radikal.ru)

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Title: Re: St. Petersburg imperial country residences news
Post by: Vladimir_V. on March 31, 2012, 12:15:14 PM
Tsarskoe Selo

Two pictures, disappeared from the Alexander Palace in 1941, were bought in Germany and came back to Tsarskoe Selo in 2011:

L. Elsholtz. Prussian hussars. 1840. Oil on canvas.

(http://s019.radikal.ru/i637/1203/75/ba753191d5b5.jpg) (http://www.radikal.ru)


W. Meyerheim. Prussian cuirassiers. 1830-1840th. Oil on canvas.

(http://s005.radikal.ru/i212/1203/55/84d6d13e45df.jpg) (http://www.radikal.ru)


Study of Nicholas I in the Alexander Palace

(http://i024.radikal.ru/1203/47/5259fd7e73d7.jpg) (http://www.radikal.ru)
Title: Re: St. Petersburg imperial country residences news
Post by: Vladimir_V. on April 05, 2012, 06:06:03 AM
Tsarskoe Selo

New temporary exhibition in the Cold Bath pavilion in the Catherine Park:
“Agate Rooms: On the Way to Revival”
http://eng.tzar.ru/shows/show/?id=3027

Catherine II`s Library in the Agate Rooms after restoration in 2011
(http://s017.radikal.ru/i440/1204/06/840dde44e1fe.jpg) (http://www.radikal.ru)

Title: Re: St. Petersburg imperial country residences news
Post by: Vanya Ivanova on April 05, 2012, 07:03:40 AM

Does anyone know if there has been any progress to the rebuilding of the 'Lower Datcha' at Peterhof?
Title: Re: St. Petersburg imperial country residences news
Post by: Vladimir_V. on April 05, 2012, 09:20:36 AM
Does anyone know if there has been any progress to the rebuilding of the 'Lower Datcha' at Peterhof?

No progress. The rebuilding of the Lower Dacha is a victim of the crisis.
Title: Re: St. Petersburg imperial country residences news
Post by: Vanya Ivanova on April 06, 2012, 07:05:10 AM


Thank you Vladimir. Thats a shame, long term its still good that they now 'intend' to rebuild.
Title: Re: St. Petersburg imperial country residences news
Post by: Vladimir_V. on April 11, 2012, 02:10:25 PM
Tsarskoe Selo

According to the official website the White Tower in the Alexander Park opens the doors for visitors in august 2012!!! It will be Children’s Creative Center with medieval knight’s castle architecture to be re-created inside.
http://eng.tzar.ru/info/info-events/title/?id=3036

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Title: Re: St. Petersburg imperial country residences news
Post by: EmmyLee on April 11, 2012, 07:49:45 PM
I hadn't known they intended to rebuild the White Tower, but it makes sense. Exciting! Thanks for posting the news.
Title: Re: St. Petersburg imperial country residences news
Post by: Brassov on April 12, 2012, 05:00:26 AM
Does anyone know if the little house on the island has been restored ? The answer probably lies somewhere in one of these threads, so my apologies if it does. The photographs have probably been removed anyway.
Title: Re: St. Petersburg imperial country residences news
Post by: EmmyLee on April 12, 2012, 06:27:26 PM
Brassov, I'd say no, it hasn't been restored. I haven't seen any photos showing otherwise or heard any news about it. I don't know if there are any plans to do so.
Title: Re: St. Petersburg imperial country residences news
Post by: Vladimir_V. on April 29, 2012, 12:39:15 PM
Tsarskoe Selo. Restoration 2012:

http://eng.tzar.ru/info/info-events/title/?id=3040

Title: Re: St. Petersburg imperial country residences news
Post by: Vladimir_V. on May 17, 2012, 01:50:23 PM
Tsarskoe Selo. New exhibitions in the Alexander Palace:

ALEXANDER I AND NAPOLEON: PEACE BEFORE WAR
http://eng.tzar.ru/shows/show/?id=3046

YEAR 1812 IN WORKS FROM PRIVATE COLLECTIONS OF MOSCOW AND ST PETERSBURG
http://eng.tzar.ru/shows/show/?id=3042

Title: Re: St. Petersburg imperial country residences news
Post by: Vladimir_V. on May 20, 2012, 05:17:03 AM
Gatchina museum recreated a slide from the Arsenal Hall of the Gatchina Palace

(http://s07.radikal.ru/i180/1205/96/9cab4c69bb7f.jpg) (http://www.radikal.ru)

(http://s15.radikal.ru/i189/1205/51/fbd62bda382e.jpg) (http://www.radikal.ru)
Title: Re: St. Petersburg imperial country residences news
Post by: Vladimir_V. on June 26, 2012, 01:23:50 PM
New exhibitions:

Tsarskoe Selo
PHOTOGRAPHIC ATELIER OF TSARSKOE SELO (Upper Bathhouse)
http://eng.tzar.ru/shows/show/?id=3065

TREASURES FROM A PRIVATE COLLECTION (Zubov Wing)
http://eng.tzar.ru/shows/show/?id=3061

ALEXANDER I AND NAPOLEON. PEACE BEFORE WAR (Alexander Palace)
http://eng.tzar.ru/shows/show/?id=3046

YEAR 1812 IN WORKS FROM PRIVATE COLLECTIONS OF MOSCOW AND ST PETERSBURG (Alexander Palace)
http://eng.tzar.ru/shows/show/?id=3042

Peterhof
GERMAN ENGRAVING XVII-XIX CENTURIES (The Benois Family Museum)
http://www.peterhofmuseum.ru/page.php?id=234&detail=7

GERMAN PLAYING CARDS (Museum of Playing Cards)

Strelna
SECRETS of SAINT-PETERSBURG - EXPOSITION of the ITEMS of “NARYSHKINS’ TREASURE” (Konstantin Palace)
http://www.konstantinpalace.ru/index.php?menu=52&id=57&lng=1&news=1965

Gatchina
UNKNOWN GATCHINA (Priory Palace)
http://gatchinapalace.ru/en/events/exhibitions/255/
Title: Re: St. Petersburg imperial country residences news
Post by: tsar1 on October 13, 2012, 02:35:35 PM
Quote
Alexander Palace books

1. Short catalog of the museum of the Alexander palace by G. Loukomski. Petrograd. 1918
2. Guarding of the tsars residence by V. Yakovlev. Leningrad. 1926
3. Detskoe Selo. Alexander palace. Leningrad. 1927
4. Alexander palace-museum in Detskoe Selo by V. Yakovlev. Leningrad. 1927
5. Alexander palace-museum in Detskoe Selo. Decoration by V. Yakovlev. Leningrad. 1928
6. Residence of the last Romanovs by E. Bach. Leningrad. 1928
7. Les demeures des tsars by G. Loukomski. Paris. 1929
8. Detskoe Selo. Alexander palace-museum by N. Fomin. Leningrad. 1934
9. Detskoe Selo. Alexander palace-museum by N. Fomin. Leningrad. 1935
10. Alexander palace and park in Pushkin by A. Savitskaya. Leningrad. 1937
11. Alexander palace-museum and park in Pushkin town by A. Savitskaya. Leningrad. 1939
12. Alexander palace by I. Bott and V. Faybisovich. St. Petersburg. 1997
13. Tsarskoe Selo. Alexander palace by L. Bardovskaya. St. Petersburg. 2005
14. Tsarskoe Selo. Alexander palace. Pages of history by L. Bardovskaya. St. Petersburg. 2008
15. Tsars cross. Exhibition in the Alexander palace. St. Petersburg. 2008
16. Alexander palace by L. Bardovskaya, V. Plaude, I. Stepanenko. St. Petersburg. 2010
17. In the children`s rooms of the Alexander palace. St. Petersburg. 2011
18. Palaces and estates. Alexander palace. Moscow. 2011

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I can add:

19. Alexander palace. Detskoe Selo by A. Savitskaya. Leningrad. 1936
20. Alexander palace. Materials of IV Tsarskoselskaya Conference. St. Petersburg. 1998
21. Alexander palace by V. Yakovlev. St. Petersburg. 2010. (reprint)
Title: Re: St. Petersburg imperial country residences news
Post by: tsar1 on October 27, 2012, 03:00:23 PM
Good news!

White Tower – first restored pavilion in the Alexander Park! All six floors are open for visitors! And the roof! (White Tower is the highest building at Tsarskoe Selo - 38 meters.

http://eng.tzar.ru/info/newsarchive?id=3113
http://eng.tzar.ru/museums/palaces/alexander_park/landscape_park/white_tower

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Title: Re: St. Petersburg imperial country residences news
Post by: Michael HR on October 29, 2012, 07:16:34 AM
I'm quite surprised that they have survived all this time but also rather impressed. Something else to add to my places to see when I get there
Title: Re: St. Petersburg imperial country residences news
Post by: tsar1 on December 31, 2012, 07:35:45 PM
Tsarskoe Selo Museum opened Mountain Hall, Large Library and Small Library without restoration. New open halls in the Alexander Palace connect the central halls and the rooms of Nicholas and Alexandra.

Door from the Portrait Hall to the Mountain Hall
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Mountain Hall
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Large Library
(http://i054.radikal.ru/1301/b6/b433f27c48df.jpg) (http://www.radikal.ru)

Small Library with open door to the Alexandra`s Formal Reception Room
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Title: Re: St. Petersburg imperial country residences news
Post by: EmmyLee on January 01, 2013, 03:31:23 PM
Thanks! Even without full restoration, they look pretty good. Any idea if they will continue to fix them up?
Title: Re: St. Petersburg imperial country residences news
Post by: tsar1 on May 12, 2013, 06:43:21 AM
Night of Museums at Alexander Palace!

On May 18th, 2013, Tsarskoye Selo will join St. Petersburg’s Night of Museums.

Alexander Palace. Living Details programme:

First time on display: Prints of the 48 autochrome plates of the palace in 1917, the shots taken right after the Tsar’s family left for exile.

Bio of the art historian George Loukomski, in 1917-18 the Head of the Art Commission that worked on turning the Tsarskoye Selo palaces into the museums.

History of the Palace Library from Catherine II to Nicholas II, with the marginal notes in books personally hand-written by Catherine, Alexander I and other crowned owners of the collection.

Entry hours: 18.00–23.00, Admission: Rub 200

http://eng.tzar.ru/info/info-events/title/?id=3188
Title: Re: St. Petersburg imperial country residences news
Post by: Sanochka on October 14, 2015, 09:11:09 AM
Tsarskoe Selo Museum opened Mountain Hall, Large Library and Small Library without restoration. New open halls in the Alexander Palace connect the central halls and the rooms of Nicholas and Alexandra.

Door from the Portrait Hall to the Mountain Hall
(http://s017.radikal.ru/i417/1301/d4/f3249ed20843.jpg) (http://www.radikal.ru)

Mountain Hall
(http://s018.radikal.ru/i509/1301/78/00f714055b3b.jpg) (http://www.radikal.ru)

Large Library
(http://i054.radikal.ru/1301/b6/b433f27c48df.jpg) (http://www.radikal.ru)

Small Library with open door to the Alexandra`s Formal Reception Room
(http://s018.radikal.ru/i515/1301/b3/bcfc3dae8f0e.jpg) (http://www.radikal.ru)


Re small library:  Does anybody know what lies behind the pair of doors at left of photo? 
Title: Re: St. Petersburg imperial country residences news
Post by: xirbis on October 14, 2015, 01:56:55 PM
To the New Study, via small entry hallway
Title: Re: St. Petersburg imperial country residences news
Post by: Sanochka on October 18, 2015, 02:28:21 PM
Thanks, Xirbis.  I suspected it an anteroom to the New Study.  I've never seen a picture of it - without windows it must be pretty dark.  Has anybody ever seen a picture of it? 
Title: Re: St. Petersburg imperial country residences news
Post by: Maria Sisi on November 10, 2015, 02:30:42 PM
This is rather late but does anybody have photographs of the pictures above (Mountain Hall, Large Library, Small Library) as they originally were?

It's a little sad that not everything can be restored but I guess one has to pick and choose.
Title: Re: St. Petersburg imperial country residences news
Post by: ArchitectCS on January 15, 2016, 11:33:37 AM
Does anyone know when the Lyon drawing room at the Catherine Palace will be restored? They finished the adjacent Arabesque hall years ago, and I keep hoping they will finally make some good progress on Catherine the Great's lavish private apartments. Has any work been done at all the past few years? Any information is much appreciated. Thanks!
Title: Re: St. Petersburg imperial country residences news
Post by: tsar1 on January 17, 2016, 02:12:44 PM
 The Lyon drawing room was open 3 years ago (without restoration):

http://eng.tzar.ru/info/newsarchive?id=3151 (http://eng.tzar.ru/info/newsarchive?id=3151)
 
Title: Re: St. Petersburg imperial country residences news
Post by: Greg D on January 18, 2016, 04:41:18 AM
I too would love to know if there is a timescale for the restoration of these apartments too
Title: Re: St. Petersburg imperial country residences news
Post by: tsar1 on January 18, 2016, 12:07:10 PM
Now the church at the Catherine Palace is restoring only. Nothing more. The Arabesque hall was the last restoring room.

http://eng.tzar.ru/museums/palaces/c_atherine/palace_chapel
http://tzar.ru/science/restoration/upcoming/church
Title: Re: St. Petersburg imperial country residences news
Post by: ArchitectCS on January 27, 2016, 12:58:04 PM
It's very exciting that the Chapel is being restored! That's the last of the grand Rastrelli rooms that needs it, other than the baroque bedroom Catherine the Great used for a while. I'd never seen that additional room with the baldachin - I assume it's beyond the double doors in the main chapel?

It's amazing that after 60 years there is still so much left to restore.