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The Alexander Palace / Donations towards the restoration
« on: December 11, 2015, 07:55:19 AM »
I see that on the official Tsarskoe Selo Museum reserve website there is the facility to donate sums of money (in Rubles, dollars or Euros) towards the restoration of the Alexander palace rooms.

This involves a bank transfer from your own account to the specified account on the website......just a question, has anyone done this yet, and has it all gone smoothly ?
Im sure there would be no problems, but am a little wary of anything of this nature over the internet

Tsarskoe Selo Palaces / Tsarskoe Selo Official Website
« on: February 11, 2013, 08:51:49 AM »
Are any other members having trouble accessing the Official Tsarskoe Selo website ?

My computer anti-virus software blocks access to the Russian (and the english translation) state museum website, as it appears to have
found a trojan virus somewhere on the site, and therefore is protecting my computer from this.
If this really is the case, have other members also found this , and perhaps the museum website coordinators should know

Im sure Bob would know either way

Tsarskoe Selo Palaces / Visiting the Palaces (Opening Times)
« on: July 09, 2012, 08:59:06 AM »
I will be revisiting St Petersburg in May 2013, and would like to see as much as possible.....

I see from various external websites there are often differing opening days for the Imperial Palaces, and most have
regular days each month when they are closed for cleaning, or only part open to individual visitors

Might it be a good idea to have a thread which has up to date information with these opening times on, as i
know they do change around the summer months when things naturally get busier, and as other areas or smaller palaces
(e.g the Farm at Peterhof) open after restoration

If this has already appeared elsewhere, apologies, though i have looked and cant find too much information, especially regarding
larger palace ensembles such as Peterhof and when each pavilion / palace may be open

Many Thanks

Imperial Russian Antiques / Fedoskino Laquer Boxes
« on: July 20, 2009, 02:51:04 AM »
When I went to Russia several years ago I purchsed a lovely Fedoskino Laquer box of a grisaille painted Russian winter scene....
Could anyone advise on any good (i.e reliable!) sites on the web that sell Fedoskino (or similar villages) laquer boxes for purchase ?

Many thanks

Imperial Russian Antiques / Wartski Faberge Exhibition Reminder !
« on: May 11, 2006, 01:44:16 AM »
Just a quick note to remind people that there is currently an exhibition of Faberge's work at the Jeweller's Wartski (14 Grafton Street , Central London) from 10th - 20th May only.

I think the work is primarily of one of the designers there, Alma Pihl - Responsible for the beatifull "ice style" jewelery, and the  1914 mosaic egg.

I shall be visiting it tommorrow and shall let you know what I thought

See also Wartski's website

Greg D

Books about the Romanovs and Imperial Russia / Russian Parks and Gardens
« on: February 01, 2006, 08:51:47 AM »
Ive seen a new book advertised called "Russian Parks and Gardens" by Peter Hayden ...

It looks like it will contain information and pictures on the imperial palaces and parks around St Petersburg, as it had a lovely picture of Pavlosk in winter on the front cover.

Does anyone own a copy on this book (published Sept 2005), and therefore could they recomend it (or not as the case may be !). I am tempted to buy it, but would appreciate any info regarding its worth .

Thanks in advance

Greg D

News Links / 100th Anniversary of Tsushima
« on: May 26, 2005, 02:09:57 AM »
Here is an interesting article regarding the British role in the Russian defeat at Tsushima


Other Palaces / Visiting the Palaces Individually.
« on: March 10, 2005, 02:02:41 AM »
I was wondering how easy it is to visit the interiors of the major palaces, if not part of an organised tour group ??

I know it is possible to walk around the Alexander Palace at your own pace, but I only ever saw large tour groups at Peterhof and the Catherine Palace being herded through the rooms quite quickly. For us Romanov fanatics  ;) it would be no way near enough time to stop and full appreciate the splendid interiors.

I am particularly interested in the Catherine Palace, Gatchina, Peterhof Cottage and Pavlovsk Palaces. Perhaps someone has been able to do this ??


Greg D

News Links / Exhibition of Queens' Collections
« on: February 14, 2005, 08:57:15 AM »
There is a new exhibition starting 11th Feb 2005 until 8th Jan 2006 of choice items from the Queen's Collection in  the Queens Gallery at Buckingham Palace, London ... This will include apparently some of her collection of Faberge items, most probably the Eggs she owns, as well as other spectacular works of art.

I will almost certainly be going at some point soon, so perhaps it would be interesting if anyone else would like to go, we could meet in London ?? It might be fun to put a few faces to names !!

I have no specific dates in mind but I would thoroughly reccomend going anyway.

All the Best

Greg D

I can remember reading somewhere amongst my many dozen books on the Romanovs, that it was rumoured that Empress Marie Feodorovna had some sort of early plastic surgery involving some kind of acid face-peel !!! :o This sounds pretty extreme/horrendous
Does anyone know if this was high society gossip by people envious of her looks, or a genuine occurance ?
I will try and find the quote, and I expect hard evidence would be difficult tofind ...  not the sort of thing people (esp royalty) would admit to  having done ;)


Tsarskoe Selo Palaces / Pavlovsk, the Palaces
« on: June 22, 2004, 01:51:17 AM »
Pavlovsk is a lovely place .... much more "elegant" and tasteful than some of the more stately and "imperial" palaces.  When visiting last year, unfortunately I only got to see the park, not the palace interiors, but it was well worth it.

The best book on pavlovsk is probably "Pavlovsk: the life of a Russian Palace", by Suzanne Massie. It also has a good description of The Alexander palace, and general post war restoration. I enjoyed it immensely.


News Links / Re Burial of Dowager Empress
« on: May 12, 2004, 01:48:58 AM »
I dont think this has been a thread anywhere else ... apologies if it already has !

I found this information about the re-burial of Empress Marie Feodorovna

It would be nice to see, as apparently this was her last wish to Olga and Xenia when the time allowed.

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