Alexander Palace

The Alexander Palace was designed by Quarenghi under the orders of Catherine the Great. Although Catherine chose to live in the grander Catherine palace down the road, this palace also saw its fair share of Tsars resident. The last Tsar of Russia Nicholas II and his family left the most lasting impressions upon the building and their tragic history is closely tied with the palace. On a tour of the restored rooms of the palace, it’s the rooms designed by the last Tsar and his family that stand out. The play room of the hemophilic son Alexei is stuffed with toys whilst his bedroom was covered in icons by his superstitious mother. The most outstanding room of the modest palace is the art nouveau styled Maple room, a somewhat more middle class salon than you would expect from a Russian tsar, it’s an elegant example of fin de siècle tastes, although sadly a lot of the furniture and furnishings are not original. The palace also has an excellent exhibition of old imperial uniforms and dresses worn by the Tsar’s famously beautiful daughters.
The palace also has a huge park that is a favourite picnic spot for locals in the summer. Look out for the odd neglected tank and disused anti-aircraft guns dotted through the park.

Admission to Palace 70-200Rbl.

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  • A definite must-see for anyone interested in the last Tsar, Nicholas II, and his family who lived here until the Russian Revolution in 1917.I've long been interested in the Romanov family and I've read a lot about them over the years so visiting their home was the highlight of my trip to St Petersburg.I visited the Alexander Palace on a Sunday in February and the park and the palace looked absolutely stunning under a heavy blanket of snow. Part of the palace is under renovation but the family's rooms were still open. Unfortunately, guided tours were only available in Russian which is a real pity although some of the exhibits are signed in English and, without a guide, I could wander around at my own pace. I'd recommend that anyone planning to visit the Alexander Palace has a look at the excellent "Alexander Palace Time Machine" website before they come here to familiarise themselves with the palace and its history. They can also access the site's extensive archive on Nicholas and his family. It can be found at alexanderpalace.org

Open:

Open 10:00 - 18:00. Closed Tue and last Wed of the month.

Address:

Pushkin, Dvortsovaya ul.

Phone:

(+7) 812 465 94 24

www:

http://www.tzar.ru
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