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Re: Yelagin Palace
« Reply #30 on: May 10, 2010, 06:57:07 AM »
No I dont think it was destroyed during WWII. I am almost 100% sure. Perhaps someone could correct me if I were wrong.
 I have found many mistakes on Wikipedia.

In 1918 under Soviet rule, Yelagin Palace was turned into a museum but most of its unique collections were sold abroad and in 1928 it was eventually closed.

During WWII the palace was left in ruin and the park and pavilions were badly damaged. The palace facade looked as damaged as Pavlovsk (maybe a little less so because it may not have been burned); there was no roof left. The rooms were as heavily damaged and as destroyed as other palaces you may have seen pictures of.

Reconstruction of the palace and its interiors started in 1945. Clearing of the island and restoration of the pavilions started in 1961. Final restoration of the interiors started in 1983 and Yelagin got the status of museum in 1987.
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Re: Yelagin Palace
« Reply #31 on: May 10, 2010, 08:52:51 AM »
Thank you very much for the detailed reply. I was totally unaware of these facts. My reference book does not mention the bad damage caused by the war. I honestly thought that the Palace survived relatively unscathed, as it was so close to the city.

This is just another example of what really amazes me about the Soviet era.

They regarded the 300 year rule of the Romanovs and everything they stood for with utter contempt and try their best to obliterate that part of Russian history , sell off the priceless palace collections, and do their utmost to destory their culture, yet as soon as a beautiful Romanov building is damaged they spend years lovingly restoring it to its former glory ! No expense spared.

Thank God they did, but it is a total contradiction.   

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Re: Yelagin Palace
« Reply #32 on: May 11, 2010, 10:08:57 AM »
The palace looks lovely, but I seem to have missed where it is geographically. Presumably a short distance outside Petersburg like Tsarskoye-Selo and Peterhof.

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Re: Yelagin Palace
« Reply #33 on: May 11, 2010, 10:30:18 AM »
The palace looks lovely, but I seem to have missed where it is geographically. Presumably a short distance outside Petersburg like Tsarskoye-Selo and Peterhof.

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No - it is actually a part of the city of St Petersburg. It is one of 3 islands that are across the Malaya Nevka north west of the Petrograd side of St. Petersburg. There is a metro stop on Krestovsky island and one walks across the Yelagin bridge at Srednyaya Nevka to get to the palace and the park - no cars allowed.
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Re: Yelagin Palace
« Reply #34 on: May 11, 2010, 10:37:48 AM »
Thank you very much for the detailed reply. I was totally unaware of these facts. My reference book does not mention the bad damage caused by the war. I honestly thought that the Palace survived relatively unscathed, as it was so close to the city.



The whole city of Leningrad was bombed continuously during the 900-day siege and many many buildings and parks were very badly damaged by the Germans in the city itself during WWII.

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Re: Yelagin Palace
« Reply #35 on: May 17, 2010, 08:12:56 AM »
I only just realized that this palace and it's grounds took up an entire island in St. Petersburg, amazing. Judging from google earth there appears to be more buildings on the island close to the palace in a similar classical style - could anyone enlighten me as to what they are?

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Re: Yelagin Palace
« Reply #36 on: May 17, 2010, 12:16:16 PM »
It is Polovtsev`s palace (1916).

http://www.spb-guide.ru/foto_487.htm


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Re: Yelagin Palace
« Reply #37 on: May 17, 2010, 03:16:40 PM »
It is Polovtsev`s palace (1916).

http://www.spb-guide.ru/foto_487.htm



Thank you so much for the info, Vladimir.

I found the following  info from it's website.

Now it houses Saint Petersburg Society of Architects, hence it name "The House of Architects". Splendid halls of the palace are decorated with precious wood and marble. The halls are fully equipped and convenient for holding conferences, seminars, presentations and banquets.

The palace was founded over two centuries ago. At the end of the XIX century it belonged to Senator Polovtsev, State Secretary of Alexander III and the Chairman of the Russian Society of Geography.

Here is a good Google Earth view:

http://www.spb-guide.ru/page_5523_492__foto.htm
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Re: Yelagin Palace
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Re: Yelagin Palace
« Reply #39 on: May 18, 2010, 08:50:48 AM »
If any of you can lay your hands on a book by Princess Katja Galitzine called " St Petersburg - The Hidden Interiors", there are many wonderful photographs of these Palaces and many other, also the Polotsov " Dacha".

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Re: Yelagin Palace
« Reply #40 on: May 18, 2010, 12:06:57 PM »
If any of you can lay your hands on a book by Princess Katja Galitzine called " St Petersburg - The Hidden Interiors", there are many wonderful photographs of these Palaces and many other, also the Polotsov " Dacha".

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You are right! Polovtsov Dacha, not palace!

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Re: Yelagin Palace
« Reply #42 on: July 30, 2010, 08:52:17 AM »
Yes it is a marvelous site, " Wandering camera".  It contains some of the best photographs of Country Estates and Palaces, plus other photographs I have seen. It is very extensive and covers many parts of Russia, and also the Crimea. I can recommend it to everyone.


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Re: Yelagin Palace
« Reply #44 on: August 15, 2016, 10:08:38 AM »
Nicholas IIís Curiosity Revisiting Palaces Where He Had Lived (1)

Yelagin Palace 1898

https://winterpalaceresearch.blogspot.ca/2016/08/nicholas-iis-curiosity-revisiting.html

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