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Re: The Horse Tomb of the Tsars
« Reply #15 on: October 12, 2004, 06:04:54 PM »
Found this on Alexander Palace when I was looking for GDss Alexandra N. info:
[Early part deals with stables where retired horses were allowed to spend their old age] The old horses are allowed to walk about in the meadow during summer. On the other side of the stable is a burial ground where a row of marble slabs mark the resting places of the favorite horses. Here lies "Ami" the horse that was with the Emperor Alexander I in Paris; "Flora", the horse that carried the Emperor Nicholas at Varna; and "Cob" the horse, which the late Tsar Alexander III used to ride, when he reviewed his troops.The wish of the Emperor Nicholas I (which, he expressed during the first month of his reign) that the old horses of his August Brother, Alexander I, should be properly looked after, is religiously carried out; the Imperial saddle-horses spend their last days in a beautiful stable; in summer they are allowed to wander at liberty; and their bones, are laid to rest here under marble slabs, which bear witness of their faithful service to their August Owners.

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Re: The Horse Tomb of the Tsars
« Reply #16 on: October 13, 2004, 05:55:35 AM »
The Maykovsky oil above of Nicholas II depicts him on the parade grounds of Sophia.   The Cathedral of St Sophia (architect:  Charles Cameron) can be seen in the background.   This painting is in the collection of Tsarskoe Selo Museums.

The Pensioners' Stables (for retired horses) can be found on the northern perimeter of the Alexander Park, just west of the Farm.  

Shortly after his accession, Nicholas I decided that the eight horses which had been owned and ridden by his late brother, Alexander I, be brought to Tsarskoe Selo from their St Petersburg stables.   He wanted them to to spend the rest of their lives, literally in clover.   In the summer months, the horses were put out to pasture - to a field specially planted with clover.

In 1827, Nicholas instructed the architect Adam Menelaws to build stables for the horses - accommodation at the nearby Farm was now insufficient.  

The Pensioners' Stables is a two-storeyed building, constructed of red-brick in the, then fashionable, neo-Gothic 'English' style.   On the ground floor there were eight stalls - only for horses ridden by an Emperor.   There was also a tack room.   The upper floor contained accommodation for grooms as well as for the watchman.   The courtyard was surrounded by a series of wooden storage huts.

Just south of the Pensioners' Stables is the Horse Cemetery.   Here the horses ridden by Emperors after living out their old age in the nearby stables and meadow, have found eternal rest.  

Rows of slabs mark the graves of horses ridden by Russian Emperors - from Alexander I to Nicholas II.  Their names and details are carved into the granite. The earliest graves can be found in the eastern section of the cemetery.   The last graves were dug shortly before the Revolution.

In the cemetery one can find the graves of L'ami, the horse  Alexander I rode, triumphantly, into Paris:  Flora - one of Nicholas I's favourite steeds: Cob the horse ridden, very reluctantly - he had a phobia of horses - by Alexander III.   Cob survives in the famous equestrian statue by P.P. Trubetskoy and was previously sited in the centre of Znamenskaya Square.   (This statue was unveiled in 1911 by Nicholas II when he was accompanied by Empress Alexandra Feodorovna and the Dowager Empress Maria Feodorovna.   It portrays the very large, barrel-chested,  Alexander III mounted on Cob - an inappropriately small, horse.

After the Revolution, the 'new regime' appended the following legend  -

'My son (Nicholas II) and my father (Alexander II), were     executed in their prime.  
But I have obtained posthumous glory.
I stand here an an iron scarecrow for the country
Which has forever thrown off the yoke of autocracy.)

The statue can now be found, standing a little forlornly in the courtyard of the Russian Museum.   The 'joke' has been removed.

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Re: The Horse Tomb of the Tsars
« Reply #17 on: October 13, 2004, 08:36:47 AM »
The Pensioners' Stables, The Horse Cemetery

See: http://eng.tzar.ru/alexander_park/alex_landscape/stables

Detail of the stone slab

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Re: The Horse Tomb of the Tsars
« Reply #18 on: October 13, 2004, 01:26:37 PM »
Thank you so much for this lovely thread!  I had no idea the horse tombs existed.  Which horses of Nicholas II are here? .....did Alexandra have a horse and did she ever ride.  I can't picture her tearing around like Ducky......    Arleen

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Re: The Horse Tomb of the Tsars
« Reply #19 on: October 13, 2004, 02:10:26 PM »
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... did Alexandra have a horse and did she ever ride.

Please, follow the link and go to the end of the page:
http://groups.msn.com/ImperialDynastyTheROMANOVARCHIVES/thetsarhorses.msnw  :D

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Re: The Horse Tomb of the Tsars
« Reply #20 on: September 24, 2005, 04:35:25 PM »
I have recent photos of most of the grave markers (that have legible engravings) if anyone is interested.
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Re: The Horse Tomb of the Tsars
« Reply #21 on: September 24, 2005, 07:12:14 PM »
Thank you Granduchessella, and everyone for your links and pictures. You have enriched my reading experience.
How wonderful that the Horse Tombs of The Tsars will be opened to the public.

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Re: The Horse Tomb of the Tsars
« Reply #23 on: October 24, 2005, 03:24:21 PM »
Thank you Scott, your pictures are beautiful as always.  I really didn't realize that the stones would be so beautiful and so wonderfully carved.  They really loved their horses!!

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Re: The Horse Tomb of the Tsars
« Reply #24 on: March 11, 2007, 08:38:13 PM »
From Geglov's amazing site, a series of photographs c1930-1940 of Detskoe Selo that includes this one of the horse cemetery:

http://pushkin-history.info/fotoalbom/130.html

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Re: The Horse Tomb of the Tsars
« Reply #25 on: May 07, 2007, 06:04:17 AM »
I've posted some photos of the cimetery and the french website of the association of support .
http://forum.alexanderpalace.org/index.php/topic,3286.0.html

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Re: The Horse Tomb of the Tsars
« Reply #26 on: May 08, 2007, 04:45:59 AM »
This thread is so interesting and beautiful. I had no idea that such a memorial existed. Thanks to everyone, especially Scott for the wonderful photos. Could some kind person please translate the inscription on even a few of the tombstones? I cannot understand Russian and I would love to know what is written there. I assume it mentions the horse's name, breed and details of its "service". It would really make my day if someone could help me in his regard. In anticipation and many thanks in advance....

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Re: The Horse Tomb of the Tsars
« Reply #27 on: November 19, 2007, 02:20:26 PM »
http://pushkin-history.info/fotoalbom-old-1-/5677.html

Лошадь на похоронах Императора Александра III.
Horse on funeral of Emperor Alexander III.
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Re: The Horse Tomb of the Tsars
« Reply #28 on: November 19, 2007, 03:39:57 PM »
Thanks Geglov 2-3 for posting that wonderful and most poignant photo.

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Re: The Horse Tomb of the Tsars
« Reply #29 on: November 23, 2008, 08:00:39 PM »
A photograph of a few of the grave markers of the horse cemetery leaning against a wall. Was this for restoration reasons or a museum display? The two statues are a mystery. Were they part of the cemetery c1900s or from the arsenal?

http://apa.confessmedia.com/cm/shv7ebYnaejG7RfU2oJQ4eRUHytaoVyI/2/zoom=400x400,quality=80/EYEGA_00109526.jpg

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