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Offline Almedingen

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Gatchina Palace
« on: February 13, 2004, 10:37:15 PM »
When I was in Russia in 1995, workmen were working on the mezzanine/entresol level where Alexander III and his family used to live in Gachina.  Does anyone know how this work is progressing today?

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« Reply #1 on: February 14, 2004, 05:25:26 PM »

It's been a few years since I was there, but I just did an article for "Atlantis" on this and interviewed Tatiana Koskeyeva, Assistant Curator at Gatchina, who said that work continues.  By 1996, the exterior walls had been reinforced, and the internal masonry divisions bolstered with iron beams and ties; even so, there was nothing of Alexander III’s Private Apartments left to be seen.  Wooden partitions, doors, and interior details, were all lost in the fire that swept through the Palace in 1944, leaving only a configuration of supporting piers and crumbled walls, open to the elements through the empty windows.  By 2000, however, the floors had been reinforced, rubble swept clear, and interior walls plastered.  As money allows, the former shell is being replaced with decoration copied from contemporary photographs, but it will be many years before is fully restored.  Its isolation makes it an inconvenient tourist destination, and funds necessary to complete the work are often channeled to the more popular Peterhof, Tsarskoye Selo, and Pavlovsk reserves.  Many items-tapestries, paintings, furniture, and sculpture-originally from the Gatchina collection, evacuated in advance of the Nazi invasion, were never returned, instead forming much of the collection now on display at Pavlovsk; a constant battle is waged over these items, but Pavlovsk, better known and closer to tourist centers, continues to hold them.  “They are ours,” Koskeyeva says adamantly, “and they should be returned to Gatchina, where they belong.”  She particularly notes a number of important chandeliers, bronzes, and pieces of furniture “that are integral elements to our faithful restoration.”  An Artillery and Weaponry Museum has been established on the ground floor, Gatchina once again playing host to an exquisite collection of priceless artifacts, while on the floors above numerous Imperial items not associated with the Palace but culled from other museums, including Nicholas II and Empress Alexandra’s Coronation Thrones that had been in the St. Andrei Hall of the Grand Kremlin Palace, are displayed.

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Re: Gatchina Palace
« Reply #2 on: April 11, 2004, 08:50:17 PM »


This map will help orient the different locations:
http://www.infoservices.com/stpete/map/gatch800.html

After reading Michael and Natasha, I am curious where their villa was located.

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Re: Gatchina Palace
« Reply #3 on: June 15, 2004, 02:59:45 PM »
Since 2001, the Palace has had a change in its Director, and like Pushkin the city of Gatchina has been doing a marvelous job restoring this magnificent building. It really needs alot of repairs slowly but surely the work is being done :).
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Re: Gatchina Palace
« Reply #4 on: June 22, 2004, 05:16:36 PM »
That's really neat that you used to live in Russia. :) (I'm new here by the way :)  )
Wasn't the Gachina Palace where GDs Marie and Anastasia were born? Just curious. Thanks.
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Re: Gatchina Palace
« Reply #5 on: June 23, 2004, 07:29:59 AM »
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Wasn't the Gachina Palace where GDs Marie and Anastasia were born? Just curious. Thanks.


Marie and Anastasia were actually born in the Lower Palace at Peterhof. Sadly, it doesn't exist anymore.

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Re: Gatchina Palace
« Reply #6 on: October 26, 2004, 08:18:33 PM »
There is a marvelous site on Gatchina with photographs, maps, plans, articles, books, etc. {site is slow to download but worth the patience!]:

http://gatchina3000.narod.ru/

An aerial view of Gatchina palace:

http://gatchina3000.narod.ru/misc/pages/am01_jpg.htm

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Re: Gatchina Palace
« Reply #7 on: March 01, 2005, 09:25:47 AM »
By the way, Gatchina was the biggest summer residence of Russian Emperors near Peterburg - more than 527 ( or 537 rooms).
It was just addition.

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Re: Gatchina Palace
« Reply #8 on: March 31, 2005, 05:38:33 AM »
Gatchina's Palace this winter.The shots are mine






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Re: Gatchina Palace
« Reply #9 on: March 31, 2005, 05:39:43 AM »
And Gatchina's Palace in the 1900s. Two Empresses at parade


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Re: Gatchina Palace
« Reply #10 on: March 31, 2005, 05:42:23 AM »
Restoration works... The Main Wing.


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Re: Gatchina Palace
« Reply #11 on: April 04, 2005, 01:44:22 AM »
Great Photos Svetabel !

It must have been heartbreaking to see the current state of much of the interior ... I know that some of the State Rooms have already been restored, but what was your impression of the rest of the palace ?? Was there an active restoration going on, or more of a conservation/holding operation ? I do hope to go there in a year or two, so would be great to know  ;)

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Re: Gatchina Palace
« Reply #12 on: April 07, 2005, 08:56:44 AM »




Actually I did not see active restoration works  :( As usual..lack of funding. Only some rooms on the ground and 1st floors in the Main Wing are restored. The last photo I posted was Chesmensky Hall...sad picture.
The Arsenal Wing is closed for tourists.
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Re: Gatchina Palace
« Reply #13 on: April 25, 2005, 05:50:21 PM »
I visited August 2004


Only 6 rooms were open to the public

The parquet floors have been restored, as has the Tsar throne room.

We saw work in progress at the Tsarinas bedroom, mainly wood on the walls, and the bed.

The palace is gigantic, so it is sad that only 6 rooms are open, but from what we heard from our tour guide, many more rooms are scheduled to be open to the public by 2006. Of course, this isn't official information, its what we were told
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Re: Gatchina Palace
« Reply #14 on: May 18, 2005, 10:07:38 AM »
Wow!

It looks so different!!!


Thank you!   ;D
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