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Palaces in St. Petersburg / Stieglitz mansion
« on: September 07, 2012, 11:27:08 PM »

I've just come across these wonderful interior watercolours of this mansion. But I have absolutely no idea if this place still exists, can anyone fill in the details?

Why should the present Romanov Family have precedence or seek reward today?
Largely in the name of historical continuity, in my view anyway. It would be better to put a Romanov on the throne than to have to decide on another family.
Do not forget that three former Grand Dukes publicly rejected their monarch on March 1, 1917 by co-signing a document that was submitted to the Duma Committee, days before the Provisional Government came to power.
I never understood why some people insist on bringing this up. The Romanov succession since the dynasties founding was incredibly manipulative with legitimate heirs being outright murdered. Tsar Ivan VI was overthrow in a coup by his own sister, the Empress Elizabeth, and eventually killed. Should we disqualify all the Romanov's that followed him as illegitimate based on the acts of Elizabeth?

The Hesse-Darmstadts (Hesse and by Rhine) / Re: Books on the Hesse Royals
« on: September 10, 2010, 01:46:43 AM »
Is the family still around today?

Is this the site: ?

Why do these people try and make it appear as though the Russian government is hiding something? It seems be the common thread now days with respect to the so called survivors.

The Hohenzollern / Re: Kaiser Wilhelm II portraits
« on: July 27, 2010, 09:03:15 AM »
I've always found the comparison between Kaiser Wilhelm II and his great-great-great Grandson, Georg Friedrich Ferdinand, Prinz von Preu├čen,  to be striking.

Palaces in Moscow / Re: The Kremlin - general information
« on: July 25, 2010, 03:22:11 AM »
I'm pretty sure they still in a hotel.

Palaces in Moscow / Re: Small Nicholas Palace in Kremlin
« on: July 10, 2010, 08:56:27 AM »
Bump. This is what the Nicholas Palace looked like before it was destroyed inside the Kremlin. Other than what it looks like I know absolutely nothing about it, could anyone enlighten me?

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.

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...

Imperial Succession and the Throne / Re: Who is the rightful heir?
« on: June 27, 2010, 11:45:06 PM »
Thanks for the reply JonC. But, just look at the photographs on his website. None of them are the people he says they are.

Imperial Succession and the Throne / Re: Who is the rightful heir?
« on: June 27, 2010, 12:11:21 AM »
I've noticed lately that those people who refuse to accept the DNA analysis done by the Russian/British scientists as legitimate point to some conspiracy conducted by the Russian government. Look at the bottom of that website JonC where the webhost says "[...] so that everyone who has a voice can express their outrage on the Russian government for continuing to hide the truth." Why would they need to hide the truth? The Russian government has no problem meeting with Maria Vladimirovna and her family, or Nicholas Romanov and his family.

This particular case strikes me as being absurd than most others. Claiming that the Empress herself survived is rather absurd - why didn't she contact her family? Why didn't she contact the other surviving Romanov's?

Also, could anyone explain the conspiracy theorist line that the Russian government has something to hide?

edit: JonC that site is ridiculous. Check this photo ( ), the website claims that this is a photo of his grandfather "Emanuele" with Kaiser Wilhelm II... that's laughable. That man is not kaiser wilhelm.

The Alexander Palace / Re: Alexander Palace Restoration pictures
« on: June 26, 2010, 03:03:18 AM »

Prince Dimitri Romanov and his wife Princess Dorrit Romanova.

Imperial Succession and the Throne / Re: Who is the rightful heir?
« on: June 25, 2010, 11:20:27 AM »
Is this ( ) the person you're talking about SirJohnGaines? An imposter? Btw, a very appropriate quote AP.

Imperial Succession and the Throne / Re: Who is the rightful heir?
« on: June 25, 2010, 02:30:03 AM »
" that there are no direct descendants of the Anointed line of Nicholas 2nd himself which makes the Pauline laws null and void. Of course , again, I'm NOT one who holds such a conviction. JonC.  "
The fact that there's no direct descendant means nothing and certainly does not make the Pauline laws null and void. There's no such thing as an "anointed line". I mean look at the succession following the establishment of the Pauline laws, it was erratic. Alexander I (son of Paul I) > Grand Duke Constantine (son of Paul I) > Nicholas I (son of Paul I) > Alexander II (son of Nicholas I) etc. I mean, there's no reason you can't have the descendants of the Vladimirovitchi assume the throne, or if you don't want them, have the Nikolaievichi. When you look at how disjointed the history of succession under the Romanov's it, there seems plenty of precedents to put any of the modern Romanov's on the throne. And if you're really serious about "anointed lines", then the customary coronation ceremony would re-establish it.

Imperial Succession and the Throne / Re: Who is the rightful heir?
« on: June 23, 2010, 11:49:57 PM »
Under all these possibilities then it is clear that Putin might just pick himself! Why not? He's going to pick someone and soon because with the Alexander Palace now been opened to the public its clear someone has to live in it, right? I mean with all these efforts made by the government to restore Romanov imagery and history it just seems logical that the Monarchy will be restored, and soon. Why then couldn't he pick himself? JonC.
There's no reason he can't pick himself. But I wouldn't draw conclusions from the restoration of palaces... I mean, AP is being restored as a museum with a gift shop if I'm not mistaken - why would Putin want a gift shop in his palace?

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