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Forum Announcements / Grand Duchess Tataiana N.´s Birthday
« on: May 29, 2005, 06:20:57 PM »
Well, i´m not sure if this is the correct place to post this... but today is Tatiana´s birthday. I´ve checked the date several times as i found it very strange no one posted it before, and i´m not too good remembering birth dates... :)

Russian Noble Families / Nadezhda Dmitrievna Wonlar-Larsky
« on: April 13, 2005, 06:56:39 PM »
Well, if anyone can help i would love to know more of Nadezhda´s life in London in the 1920s and afterwards. She was born Nadezhda D. Nabokova (aunt to the famous writer) and wrote her memoirs "The Russia that i loved".

Any information about her daughter Sophie´s life would be very much appreciated as well!




I´m just reading this book and would highly recommend it. It´s full of anecdotes and details i think are very interesting.

The book is hard to find, published by Gilbert´s Royal Books, translated and edited(it was previously published in french in the 1960s) by Dr. Thomas E. Berry.

I think the best way to buy this book could be through Paul´s website, but may be Arturo has also some copies.

Tsarskoe Selo Town / Re: Town of Tsarskoye Selo
« on: August 23, 2004, 08:27:17 PM »
Hello Joanna,

In the first photograph you can see the Srednaya ulitsa(same name today). The house to the left is Patkul house, built by Moniguetti in 1852(today address: Srednaya ulitsa 8 ).

The street running towards the cathedral should be Leontievskaya ulitsa.

In the second photograph you can also see Srednaya ulitsa(Middle street). The street is seen in the point in wich is crossed by Oranzherenaya ulitsa(hope you understand what i mean...). In the corner of these two streets there was the "Tivoli" cinema, but cannot tell you for sure wether it is or is not shown in this photo.

Hope this helps you.

The Feodorovski Cathedral & Gorodok / Tennis Court
« on: August 05, 2004, 10:42:22 PM »
Well, i was very interested in knowing where was the tennis court in Tsarskoe, after looking many photographs i´m quite sure it was in the courtyard inside the Feodorovsky Gorodok, just behind the building that housed the banqueting hall.

I hope you understand what i mean with the photographs:

Photo taken by Maria. Notice the wall and the part of the building with the red arrow.

In this painting from 1915 notice the same part of the building seen from outside the wall that surrounded the courtyard (Also see that several of the soldiers are carrying rackets) :

And finally this one i took last summer. It shows the place where the tennis court stood but from a slightly different point of view, more to the right, than the first photo. The wall is still there but it´s hardly noticeable because it has lost the white paint.

Well, i started this topic because i´ve been crazy looking for this book for many years. I have extracts from it and could find some pages reproduced in Jacques Ferrand´s books but it seems it´s almost impossible to find. It´s full of priceless information about all the members of the russian court, where did they live in 1913-14(date of publication of the book) and even their phone numbers!

I really do not know what more should i try to find it, so if anyone could help i would THANK her/him VERY VERY much...

Servants, Friends and Retainers / N. P. Sablin
« on: May 03, 2004, 09:38:59 PM »
Hello Joanna!!
Sablin was very, very close to Nicholas and Alexandra. You will see him endlessly in many photographs. Sadly, as far as i can remember, he was one of the first to abandon the Imperial family. I wish my memory could be better, but i think i read he was one of those who jump out of the imperial train as it entered the platform, in Tsarskoe, and run away.  Saying afterwards that he had nothing to do with the Palace. When i think of this behavior of him i always remember a photograph taken in April 1914 in Livadia; he is helping the emperor to transport(?) Alexandra in her wheelchair....  He acted like a rat in a sinking ship.  

The Imperial Family / Coronation of the Tsars (Czars)
« on: April 27, 2004, 08:11:08 PM »
Hello Joanna!
The building is the former Vorontsov Palace, situated in Sadovaya ulitsa, a perpendicular to the Nevsky prospekt, just in the corner with Lomonosova ulitsa, in front of one of the Gostiny Dvor´s wings.

The white dinning room´s windows look to a smaller inner courtyard, not the main one.

The Feodorovski Cathedral & Gorodok / Re: Feodorovsky Gorodok
« on: April 27, 2004, 09:46:53 AM »
Hello Elisa!
Some of the Village buildings are restored and in use by the Church. Those that look to the Cathedral are in desperate state, There´s nothing inside, not even upper floors, and i saw last summer that Maria and Anastasia´s Hospital´s roof had collapsed(?) since my last visit. It´s too terrible, but ther´re no funds. The cathedral as far as i know is being restored with the private efforts of the twon people and the Church, deserving our greatest praise.

Tsarskoe Selo Town / Re: The train station at Tsarskoe Selo
« on: April 27, 2004, 09:30:36 AM »
Hello Elisa!
The train station in that book is the private train pavillion of Nicholas and Alexandra. There was also the town train station, with its lovely architecture, that was damaged during the wwii and then reconstructed in "soviet" neoclassical style. I wonder whether the building was or not so damaged, because the structure of the new station is quite similar to the former one...

The Feodorovski Cathedral & Gorodok / Re: Feodorovsky Cathedral
« on: April 24, 2004, 10:48:19 AM »
Hello Elisa, the restoration is in process and it´s an amazing feeling to see it better each year. Since the cathedral was given back to the church, there must be religious services.

Hello Thomas,

I read Sonia had creeping paralysis. You can see a photograph of her with the Empress in Livadia´s tennis court in 1912 in the book Nicholas II, by Marvin Lyons (page 135). For some details about Sonia´s personality you can read in Anna Virubova´s book.

Tsarskoe Selo Town / Re: Pushkin Dacha, Tsarskoye Selo
« on: April 23, 2004, 09:34:06 AM »
Hello Joanna,

The dacha is that of the photograph. I suppose the confussion comes because the painting focusses the view in the other house. Kitaeva´s house is to the left, the house in the corner. The only difference with its present condition is that the porche is closed by windows.

The Alexander Palace / Re: Bablovo Palace and Park
« on: April 21, 2004, 05:10:44 PM »
Hi Joanna,
I think i´ve read that Nicholas during his walks liked to go as far as Bablovo Park. The palace is more of the pavillion type and do not think it was used as residence in Nicholas´time. It´s now a ruin, only some walls left standing.

Madame Zizy was, if i remember well,Elisabeth Alexeevna Narishkin Kurakin, born in 1840, Lady in waiting a portrait(highest rank) and chief comptroller(ober-gofmeisterina) of the empress household. She was also Dame of the Order of St. Catherine and remained because of her health problems in Tsarskoe Selo when the family left for Tobolsk. She wrote her memories: "Under three Tsars". A great book for everyone interested in Russia´s court history.

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